Getting Twitter

Twitter is a site of headlines. 140 character messages conveying breaking news, discussing current events with other members, and is (according to the website), "The fastest, simplest way to stay close to everything you care about."

News anchors, celebrities, scientists and companies all have twitter accounts that they use to share information, stories, and to connect with people all around the world. Learn about the power of Twitter by checking out Twitter Stories.

You can even follow news from space. Commander Chris Hadfield of the International Space Station is a prolific and kind tweeter who often shares breath-taking photos like the one here.

example of a tweet

Learn more:

How to sign-up

  • Go to
  • You will see the following home screen, where you can sign up:

twitter sign-up form

  • Click on "Sign up for Twitter."
  • You will have to fill in the form shown below. You will need to provide your name and email address, and you will need to create a password and unique username. When you are finished, click "Create my account."

full twitter sign-up screen

Twitter will take you through a series of steps to complete the sign in process. Once you have finished, you will see your twitter home page.

In the top tool bar, you will see "Home," "@Connect," "#Discover," and "Me." You can use these to navigate around the site and explore.


# (hashtag): Used to mark keywords or topics in a tweet.

@: On twitter, the @ symbol is used to call out usernames in tweets. When a username is preceded by the @ symbol, it becomes a link to a twitter profile.

Connect: This tab allows you to see who has favorited or retweeted your tweets, who has followed you, and all of your replies and mentions.

Direct Message (DM): By using this feature you can send a tweet that is private between the sender and recipient.

Discover: The Discover tab is where you can find Top Tweets, Who to Follow, Find Friends, and Browse.

Favorite: When you "favorite" a tweet you mark it as one of your favourites by clicking on the yellow star next to the message.

Follow: When you follow someone on twitter, you are subscribing to their tweets.

Follower: Another user that is following you.

Handle: A user's "twitter-handle" is the username they have selected.

Retweet (RT): A tweet by another follower, forwarded to you by someone you follow.

Tweet: A message containing 140 characters or less.