Start from Nothing: Twitter for Beginners
A Comprehensive Guide to Starting Twitter for Who Cares
If you’ve been on the fence about getting a Twitter account, now would be a great time to jump into the network like it’s about to be Summer. Why, you might ask? Well, for me it was because I was so sick of Facebook I was ready to disappear. Maybe you’re in the same boat? Maybe you want to try your hand at being clever or interesting or well-known? Or maybe you’re just finally getting over the fear of vanity you had about selfies on Instagram and are finally ready to flip the broadcast switch on your whole bleak life? Whatever the case, more and more of my friends – who’ve kept Twitter at bay for years – are getting accounts. So I thought I’d put together this walkthrough of all the things I wish I’d found when I first started many years ago.
I should say in advance: I’m not a ‘guru’ or whatever the hell people get called when they manage to be followed by tens of thousands of bots. I’m just a run-of-the-mill self-loathing millennial who uses Twitter every day. I have hundreds (not thousands) of followers, I tweet five to ten times a day, and I don’t know what I’d do without all of my petty Twitter rituals.
When you first start, being on Twitter can feel like being the awkward person at a party that no one knows, and no one is talking to. At first, it’s not really clear why to tweet. It’s not easy to find people worth following constantly. And consequently, it’s hard to remember to even pay attention to Twitter. I assure you, all of these things are temporary. You’ve got to be shown the bathrooms. Introduced. Shuffle around until you wind up in a corner, discussing your strange habits with someone who shares an unsettling amount in common with you. Before you know it, you’ll be hashtagging sarcastically and subtweeting like you own the place.
I wish someone had said this to me from the beginning: Twitter can be a hard habit to build, but it rewards practice with confidence. Let’s get started.