A Tour of the Twitter Interface

Retired By Retired, 17th Nov 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1u8-dv8-/
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For the power it wields, Twitter is one of the simplest and, i think, most elegant Web sites for mass communication. The interface makes interacting with other people some you already know and others you’ll meet incredibly easy, and it cleanly organizes a lot of information.As you use Twitter more and more, you may want to know where to locate things quickly and manage your communication flow more intelligently.

Starting Out on the Home Screen

For the power it wields, Twitter is one of the simplest and, i think, most elegant Web sites for mass communication. The interface makes interacting with other people some you already know and others you’ll meet incredibly easy, and it cleanly organizes a lot of information.As you use Twitter more and more, you may want to know where to locate things quickly and manage your communication flow more intelligently.

When you first log into Twitter, the Home screen is your first stop. After you set up your account, you go to this screen to touch base with your followers and the people you’re following. On the Home screen, you can also see who’s talking to you directly through @replies, which are public tweets in response to individual users, and direct messages (DMs), which are private, one-to-one tweets.

Additionally, the controls along the top of the Home screen let you change your settings, update your profile background, upload your avatar, toggle your SMS notifications, and more. The Home screen, has a standard layout. The header has a Twitter logo on the left and a list of links on the right, which appears on all Twitter pages. Those links’ names describe where they take you:

Home: Your Home screen. Clicking on the Twitter logo at left also takes you to your Home screen.
Profile: Your Profile page.
Find People: The people search tool.
Settings: Where you can configure your Twitter account.
Help: FAQs and support.
Sign Out: Exactly what you think it is — signing out of your Twitter account.

The sidebar:

The area on the right side of most Twitter.com screens (Home, Profile,Replies) is called the sidebar. It’s both a reference for what you’re looking at in the main content area and a controller for the Web site, and it’s configured a little differently in each view. Here’s a breakdown of what’s on the sidebar. Except where noted, this description applies to the sidebar on your Home screen:

Your information: Your avatar picture and user name. When you’re logged in to Twitter and on your Home screen, you’ll see only your avatar and user name. Your Name, Location, Web, or Bio appear only on your Profile page. Click your avatar, the Profile link, or any @user name link for your name to see your Profile page.
Your stats: Your following and follower counts and the number of updates you’ve posted, followed by a box that displays definitions of various Twitter related words, tools, and services.
Your communications: @user name is a link to your mentions (all the tweets posted by other people that either mention you or are replies to you), and underneath it you will find your Direct Messages, and Favorites.
Your searches: Next is the Search text box, followed by several sections that you can expand to a bigger view or shrink down to a single line by clicking a down or side arrow in a small circle to the right of each heading. As soon as you save a search to refer to it later, Saved Searches becomes the first of these sections.
Trending Topics: Trending Topics shows you the most commonly tweeted words and hash tags at any given time. The Trending Topics view is a surprisingly powerful peek at what is going on in the world (at least, the world according to twitterer's) at any given moment.
Your community: Following is the last section on the sidebar, and it shows a grid of the avatar photos of those you follow (or a random sampling of them if you follow more than it can display).
Your community: A grid that shows a number of avatars from the roster of other Twitter users you follow.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
17th Nov 2010 (#)

Very informative article, Jo. One small piece of constructive criticism, the letter "i" must be capitalized when used as a personal pronoun. You used "i" a few times when it should have been "I". I think that's from using email and texting because it has become accepted to use "i" instead of "I" because it faster. one doesn't have to hit to hit the shift key to switch to upper case. The bottom line is that it may be acceptable in informal emails, in text messages and in chat rooms, it's not acceptable when writing articles.

Believe it or not, you can lose readers and followers for something as insignificant as typing an "i" when you should have typed "I." Not me though. You're stuck with me as a reader and as a follower.

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author avatar Retired
17th Nov 2010 (#)

Thanks for the comment. I will surely correct my mistakes before writing another one. Thank you

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author avatar Jerry Walch
17th Nov 2010 (#)

Hey, Jo, just curious, do you race? I use to drive stock cars on dirt tracks back in the day when one man could afford to build and race his own cars.

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author avatar Retired
17th Nov 2010 (#)

yea i do. i love formula1. i do bike racing along with my friends. Now a days most of the time i am driving cars in my PC.

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author avatar Retired
27th Nov 2010 (#)

Very informative article

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author avatar Tranquilpen
15th Jan 2012 (#)

Very informative read, will return to this page.

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