Twitter In 30 Minutes (3rd Edition): How to connect with interesting people, write great tweets, and find information that's relevant to you

Twitter In 30 Minutes (3rd Edition): How to connect with interesting people, write great tweets, and find information that's relevant to you

by Ian Lamont


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UPDATED IN 2018! Are you interested in using Twitter, but don't know where to start? Are you mystified by hashtags, retweets, and other strange conventions? The revised and expanded third edition of Twitter In 30 Minutes is here to help! This unofficial Twitter tutorial will walk you through the basics, using plain English, step-by-step instructions, and lots of examples from real Twitter users. In no time, you'll learn how to:

  • Create a new Twitter account online or on your phone
  • Customize your Twitter profile with photos and a bio that's right for you
  • Navigate Twitter icons, the Twitter app, and
  • Follow other Twitter accounts … and block those you don't like
  • Identify local people and organizations using Twitter
  • Find people who share the same interests and hobbies
  • Compose your first tweets
  • Share photos
  • Use hashtags, retweets, and other Twitter conventions

There's more. Twitter In 30 Minutes shows you how all kinds of people use Twitter to promote their businesses, connect with their followers, explore their interests, and have fun! It's peppered with real-world examples, from everyday people to celebrities.

Authored by award-winning technology journalist Ian Lamont, the revised third edition of Twitter In 30 Minutes covers Twitter's new interface for the Web and mobile devices such as the iPhone and Android phones. There are new screenshots, along with instructions for registration on iOS and Android devices.

Twitter In 30 Minutes is a perfect introduction to people who are new to Twitter, as well as those who already have accounts and want to learn how to get the most out of Twitter. Buy the book today!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939924476
Publisher: i30 Media Corporation
Publication date: 12/02/2015
Edition description: Updated
Pages: 108
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.22(d)

About the Author

Ian Lamont is an award-winning technology and business journalist and the founder of i30 Media Corp. He has written for more than a dozen online and print publications, and was the managing editor of The Industry Standard. He has authored several In 30 Minutes guides, including Dropbox In 30 Minutes, Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes, Twitter In 30 Minutes, and Excel Basics In 30 Minutes. Lamont is a graduate of the Boston University College of Communication and MIT's Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership.

Table of Contents


What is Twitter?

What can Twitter do for you?

CHAPTER I A brief tour of Twitter.






CHAPTER II - Signing up for Twitter

How to register online

Pick a suitable Twitter handle

How Twitter uses topics to recommend accounts

Upload contact lists to Twitter

Recommended accounts to follow

Begin using Twitter

How to register using a phone or tablet

How to install Twitter on an iPhone or iPad

How to install Twitter on Android

Navigating the Twitter interface

The Twitter icons explained

Your home timeline

Your personal timeline

How to customize your profile

Edit profile information

Add a header photo

Add photos and a bio using the Twitter app

CHAPTER III - Finding and following people on Twitter

How to follow someone on Twitter

Follow an account online

Follow an account using the Twitter app

Who should you follow?

Experts and leaders

How to find specific accounts to follow

Twitter search

Find friends on Twitter

How to find local accounts

Twitter’s recommendation algorithm

How many accounts should a new user follow?

Protected accounts

Accounts to avoid

How to unfollow a Twitter account

How to mute accounts

How to quickly unfollow lots of people

Help! I’m being followed

How to block followers

How to protect an account

CHAPTER IV - Tweeting.

How to create a tweet

Deciding what to tweet about

What do other people usually tweet about?

Mental blocks to tweeting

Finding your comfort level

Controversial and angry tweets

Tips for writing great tweets

Tips for taking great photos

How to delete tweets

CHAPTER V - Advanced Twitter: Joining the discussion

Someone responded to my tweet!

Why don’t famous people respond to my tweets?

Someone mentioned me!


Hashtags explained

Practical uses for hashtags

Hashtag no-nos

Going viral

Advanced features

Direct Messages



Shortcut keys


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