How to Use Twitter

Following on Twitter

It will get you arrested in the real world, but on Twitter a certain amount of stalking is not only allowed, it's encouraged. Following a Twitter user means that you've elected to have the user's tweets appear in the timeline on your home page. All the people that a user follows have permission to send the user direct messages.

Following is an easy way to keep tabs on the comings and goings of friends, family and anyone else with a Twitter account. Yet just because you simply must have instant access to your favorite celebrity's twitter feed, doesn't mean that the feeling is mutual. A user does not have to follow all of the people who are following him.

To follow a Twitter user, simply click the "follow" tab under the user's profile picture on his or her home page.

Although Twitter sends an email to users each time a new person chooses to follow the user, it does not require the user to approve followers. However, a user may block others, which prevents them from following the user, replying to the user's tweets or mentioning the user. To block a particular person:

  1. Go to the profile page of the person you wish to block.
  2. Click the "person" icon, which brings up a drop-down "actions" menu.
  3. Select the "block" option.

Next up, see how companies are using Twitter as a major component in their marketing and promotions strategies.