Beginner’s Guide to Twitter for Seniors 2021

1. How to create an account on Twitter?

To create a Twitter account (and find a voice of your own) in just a few simple steps:

  1. The first thing you need to do is create an account. To do this you’ll need to enter your e-mail address, choose a username and password and agree to the terms of service. Tip: When you choose a username to try to make it as short as possible. Twitter will also ask for your full name so other people can search for you on Twitter.
  2. Once you’ve verified your email, you may begin customizing your profile to best compliment your personality
  3. You can start following accounts that update on topics you find most interesting. The news, books, fashion, politics, etc. If you don’t enjoy the content on a page, you can easily “unfollow” with the click of a button. 

2. How to customize your profile on Twitter?

You can customize your profile by selecting a unique profile and header images, adding a name, bio, location, birth date, website and theme color, and by pinning a Tweet that other people will see when they visit your profile.

  1.  At the top of the screen, click on the settings button
  2. At the top of this page click on the profile button
  3. Click or tap the Edit profile button and you’ll be able to edit your photo, name, bio, location, etc)
  4. Click or tap into any of these areas and make your changes.
  5. When changing a profile or header photo, click or tap the camera icon and select Upload photo or Remove.
  6. Click or tap Save changes.

3. Some recommendations about the profile options on Twitter:

On edit profile, you will find a lot of options. It’s up to you to fill them up or to leave it blank.

  1. Header photo
  2. Profile photo
  3. Name
  4. Bio (maximum of 160 characters). Tip: Here you can write a short description of yourself. This helps other people know a bit more about you and why they should follow you.
  5. Location
  6. Website
  7. Theme color (only editable on
  8. Birth date

4. How to add a profile picture on Twitter?

  • Make sure you’re on or the Twitter app for iOS or Android. To upload a profile photo you must be on the web or using an official application.
  • Check your file type. Twitter supports JPEG, GIF, and PNG file formats. Profile photos with nudity will be removed.
  • Check the size of your image. The maximum file size for profile photos is 2MB.
  • Check the dimensions. The recommended dimensions for profile images are 400×400 pixels. The recommended dimensions for header images are 1500×500 pixels.
  • Try uploading one of the header images from our gallery.  Make sure you take the time to upload a small picture of yourself. Accounts without pictures are often viewed as spam. Having a picture makes it easier for people to recognize you in their news feed.
  • Check your browser. Try either upgrading your browser so it is up to date, or try using a different browser. Your upload problem may be related to the browser or computer you’re using.
  • Make sure you click ‘Apply.’ Your image won’t save until you do. 

5. How to make your Twitter account private?

When you sign up for Twitter, your Tweets are public by default; anyone can view and interact with your Tweets. Should you choose to protect your Tweets, you can do so through your account settings.

If you protect your Tweets, you’ll receive a request when new people want to follow you, which you can approve or deny. Accounts that began following you before you protected your Tweets will still be able to view and interact with your protected Tweets unless you block them.

6. What To Do with a Twitter Account?

Once you have selected some accounts to follow, you will receive their tweets in your Twitter feed. You can read tweets, comment on tweets, or create your own tweets.

A tweet can be anything you like, an opinion, a saying, or even a link to media like a YouTube video. The only rule is that it is less than 140 characters. Once you post your tweet, your followers can read it and respond to it.

And with many accounts out there, you can find topics that interest you so you won’t get bored with your feed. From humor to traffic updates, you can narrow your following down to your local town while also staying updated on what’s happening on the other side of the world. 

7. How to Find People to Follow on Twitter?

You’ll then see suggestions of people in various categories like entertainment, fashion, and politics.

The next step is finding out if any of your friends are on Twitter. If you use Gmail, Yahoo or AOL as your e-mail account, Twitter can look through your address book to see if anyone you know is on Twitter.

If you don’t use one of these e-mail providers you can go on to the next step and manually search for people or businesses you want to follow.

8. Twitter News Feed

Once you have found people to follow their tweets will appear in your newsfeed which you can access by clicking on the home button at the top.

The more interesting people you follow the more information you’ll get. The longer you are on Twitter the more accustomed you will become and you will quickly observe how Twitter works.

9. What to Tweet?

Impowerage website has interesting tips about what to (and not to) tweet (check Impowerage website post “Senior’s Twitter Guide: Part 2 | How to Use Twitter”). According to the post, you can tweet about anything you like as long as you can say it in 280 characters.

Twitter is a great way to share information. If you’ve just read an article or something else online that you think people should read you can send out a link to your followers.

If someone on Twitter said something you think should be shared you can retweet it. The typical format is “RT @User original message.”

If you read a question on Twitter you can reply by clicking the reply button at the bottom of the tweet or by putting the symbol @ in front of the person’s username. You can check to see if anybody has replied to you by clicking on the @your-username button on the sidebar. Even people following you might miss a tweet you send out so tagging someone like this ensures that they will read your tweet.

10. What Not to Tweet?

Even if your Twitter account is private, the web has a sneaky way of spreading unsavory information to the public.  I am sharing with you below 3 basic tips of Twitter Etiquette:

Tweeting frequency: Try not to send too many tweets at once. Otherwise, it fills up people’s newsfeeds and is seen as noisy.

Oversharing: There is nothing worse than a feed composed of mundane tweets like “Driving home from work now” or “Just had a grapefruit for breakfast, yum!” Steer clear of tweeting about the minutiae of your day-to-day life. Keep the details of your bodily functions and bedroom escapades to yourself as well. Remember, your mom might be reading.

Links: Don’t just send out links. Nobody will click on a link unless they know why they should click on the link. Include the article’s headline or your own thoughts on the information you are linking to.

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  2. I just want to be able to read tweets from organizations and celebrities — no interest in sending tweets or exchanging information Is this possible?

    1. Hi Linda, thanks for reaching out! Yes, it is possible to read tweets of others without sending any (in fact, I happen to know many people who do that). Go ahead and try it… and have fun!

  3. At 76 I find Twitter hardest of “Social Media” to use. I want to learn how to tweet other people so they take the time to read my tweet. A newscaster just reported on a major bill in congress. I have a comment on a part of this bill no one has yet addressed. How do I tweet that to get it noticed by him or his network?

    1. Hi Jeannie, thanks for reaching out. Twitter can be a little challenging but you will get the hang of it (and I think I can help you out).

      So if you want to get your tweet noticed by someone, you can tag the person (all you have to do is type the “@” symbol before his/her username).

      And if you want to get your tweet noticed by everyone interested in this particular subject, you can add hashtags (all you have to do is type the “#” symbol before, let’s say, “congressbill”, or whatever subject related to this bill).

      I hope it helps! Cheers!

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