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How to Use Twitter

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How to Tweet

"At the heart of Twitter are small bursts of information called tweets," the Twitter Web site explains. "Each Tweet is 140 characters [or less] in length, but don't let the small size fool you -- you can share a lot with a little space. Connected to each Tweet is a rich details pane that provides additional information, deeper context and embedded media."

To start tweeting (sending out messages), go to Twitter.com and click the "sign up" tab to create your account. Once on board, tweeting is as easy as three steps:

  1. Log in to your Twitter account.
  2. Type your tweet into the "what's happening?" box at the top of the screen. Remaining characters show up as a number below the box.
  3. Click the "tweet" button to post the tweet to your profile. The tweet will appear immediately in your profile's timeline.

So what happens when you don't like what you see -- or you realize you've just accidentally sent your parents and coworkers a racy joke? Fear not misspellers and over-sharers; the Twitter gods have granted you the ability to delete your tweets. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Log in to Twitter.
  2. Locate the tweet you want to delete.
  3. Hover your mouse arrow over the message and click the "delete" option that appears.

Tweeters can also send messages directly to a particular user. Direct messages are private messages sent from one user to another that can be seen only by those users. To send a direct message:

  1. Log in to your Twitter account.
  2. Click the "messages" tab on the top menu bar of your page. This will take you to a page showing your private messages history.
  3. Click the "new message" button.
  4. In the pop-up box, type the name or username of the person you wish to message.
  5. Compose the message you wish to privately send and click "send."

Continue to the next page to learn what everyone else on Twitter is up to.