The world’s most thorough, most comprehensive, most utterly unnecessary guide to using Twitter


Twitter. You’ve heard of it. Maybe you’re even on it! The Internet’s water cooler is an odd, confusing, massive place with a novel-length set of unwritten rules and complexities.

Fortunately for the uninformed, bloggers have codified those rules. Again. And again. And again. And then some. With all those tweets – 500 million a day, Twitter claims – the guidance is more than welcome. But with all those guides, how can you keep track of what you need to keep track of?

We’re here to help. Need hashtags explained three different ways? Got it. Wondering what a subtweet is? All over it. So read on, and learn everything you need to know about everything you need to know. (Alternately, you could just cruise over to twitter dot com and give it a shot. It’s pretty intuitive. But don’t tell the Twitter Guide Industrial-Complex that.)

Getting started

  • What is Twitter? (Link
  • What is Twitter? Academic edition (
  • Why you should join Twitter (
  • How to get started on Twitter (
  • How to get started on Twitter, pt. 2 (
  • How to get started on Twitter, pt. 3 (
  • How to get started on Twitter, pt. 4 (
  • How to use Twitter, remedial (
  • How to use Twitter, intermediate (
  • How to use Twitter, advanced (
  • Who you should follow on Twitter (
  • How to mute everyone you just followed (
  • Wait actually just unfollow everybody you just followed ()
  • But here’s who to follow if you like subtle advertisements on Twitter (
  • How to send better free advertisement tweets (#brands only) (
  • How to get more followers (
  • Oops now you have too many followers (
  • Why you need to tweet, written by someone who doesn’t tweet (?) (

Etiquette

  • How to know if you’re being #rude on Twitter (
  • Why someone just unfollowed you (were you being #rude?) (
  • How to flirt on Twitter (
  • Why #brands on Twitter sometimes tweet weird things ()
  • How to know if your followers are cool or not (
  • How to avoid looking uncool to your followers (
  • How to know you’re on Twitter and not Facebook, pt. 1 (
  • How to know you’re on Twitter and not Facebook, pt. 2 (

#Hashtags

  • What is a hashtag, basic (
  • What is a hashtag, hashtag #thinkpiece (
  • What is a hashtag, Mainstream Media’s First Hashtag edition (
  • How to use hashtags (
  • How to use hashtags, according to science (
  • How to use hashtags to change the world (but probably not!) (
  • How to be hashtag #blessed on Twitter (

On favoriting

  • What favoriting a tweet means, logic vs. emotion ()
  • What favoriting a tweet means, scientific ()
  • What favoriting a tweet means, scientific pt. 2 ()
  • What favoriting a tweet means, cynic’s edition ()
  • What favoriting a tweet means, comprehensive ()
  • What favoriting a tweet means, comprehensive pt. 2 (
  • What favoriting a tweet means, by fav category ()
  • What favoriting a tweet means, by fav category, pt. 2 ()
  • What favoriting a tweet means, feat. Choire on Hate Favs (

Subtweets

  • What is a subtweet, pt. 1 (
  • What is a subtweet, pt. 2 (
  • What is a subtweet, pt. 3 (
  • What is a subtweet, pt. 4 (
  • What is a subtweet, pt. 5 (
  • Why subtweets are good (
  • Why subtweets are bad (
  • Why subtweets are dead (

“Types” of Twitter

  • Different Twitters, ranked ()
  • Different Twitters, ranked, low-grade edition (
  • How to know if you’re black and on Twitter, or, “Black Twitter” explained (
  • How to know if you’re black and on Twitter, or, “Late Night Black People Twitter” explained (
  • Lame Twitter, explained (
  • Weird Twitter, explained (
  • Weird Twitter, explained, academic edition (
  • Weird Twitter, explained (includes original explanations of Weird Twitter) ()

Post-Twitter

  • Is it time to quit Twitter? Quiz edition ()
  • Why people quit Twitter (
  • One man’s journey about quitting Twitter ()
  • I quit Twitter and Dave Eggers made me do it (
  • 10 reasons you should quit Twitter (
  • 5 more reasons you should quit Twitter (
  • 3 more reasons you should quit Twitter ()
  • How to quit Twitter ()
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