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Twitter is a free and easy to use social networking and micro-blogging service


Twitter is a free and easy to use social networking and micro-blogging service which allows users to send short messages to those who have subscribed to receive such updates. These short messages or updates called tweets must not exceed 140 characters. Twitter is the fastest growing social networking website today, growing much faster than Facebook.

One place that twitter scores high is on simplicity. It is so easy to use, hence people who found other social networking services like Facebook a bit challenging will find using twitter easy.
Opening your twitter account is easy. Posting your tweets is also easy, all you need is to bring your creativity to bear, so you can tweet all you want to tweet in 140 characters.
Getting Started with Twitter

Like any other social networking service, you will require to
signup for a twitter account before you can use the service. Once this is done, you can start posting twitter updates as well as read updates of other twitter users (twitterers). To be updated with a persons update you will have to subscribe to the persons tweets. Once this is done, each time the person tweets, a copy will be displayed on your twitter home page (twitter timeline).

In the same vein when you tweet, your update will appear on the twitter timeline of all those subscribing to your tweets. Also all your tweets will also appear on your twitter profile page. You can set who can access your twitter profile page. Allowing open access to your twitter profile will allow anybody to access your twitter profile, even people with no twitter account.
Nigeria Technology Guide’s twitter account is on open access that is why all our visitors and readers can access it.

However, some times you may want a private twitter profile. This will allow only a group of friends or colleagues to communicate privately. For example team members can create private twitter accounts for a project they are handling. They can use it to post regular updates on the progress of work, which will be visible only to team members.
Following people on Twitter

The process of subscribing to a twitter account is called following. If you subscribe to a twitter account you are said to be a follower of the account. Those who subscribe to your account are said to be following you. To follow a twitterer, you must sign in to your twitter account, only then will you see a follow button on the twitterer’s profile page. Simply click on this button to follow the twitter account. If you do not have a twitter account or you are not signed in you will be provided with a button to either join twitter or login to your twitter account.

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Getting followers on Twitter

Your first followers are likely to be your friends, fans, or customers if you are a business. These are people who are interested to know what you are up to. Then their friends will join and then other twitterers as well. If they find you interesting they will follow your tweets. Note that you do not need thousands of followers just as you do not need thousands of friends; all you need is a community of people genuinely interested on your tweets.

You should not sit back and wait for people to follow you (except if you are a business). You should also follow other tweets that you are interested in. If they find your tweets equally interesting they may as well follow you. You should also promote your twitter account on your websites, blogs, and emails.

Do not be tempted to acquire so many followers in a short period. This might put you at the mercy of suspicious services promising to bring you 100 or more followers a day. In most cases they will end up highjacking your twitter account and be sending spam updates through your twitter account without your consent, which might irritate your genuine followers, leading to a reduction in your followers. If you have such spam updates appearing on your twitter profile page, the best thing to do is to change your password and stay clear of such services.

People who get a lot of followers on twitter are usually celebrities and poplar brands.

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