New user FAQ
What is Twitter?
Twitter is a service for friends, family, and coworkers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent messages. People post Tweets, which may contain photos, videos, links, and text. These messages are posted to your profile, sent to your followers, and are searchable on Twitter search. Learn more about how to use Twitter.
Do I need anything special to use it?
All you need to use Twitter is an internet connection or a mobile phone. Join us here! Once you're in, begin finding and following accounts whose Tweets interest you. We'll recommend great accounts once you're signed up.
What's a Tweet?
A Tweet is any message posted to Twitter which may contain photos, videos, links, and text. Click or tap the Tweet button to post the update to your profile. Read our Posting a Tweet article for more information.
Who reads my updates?
Your followers read your Tweets. If your Tweets are public, anyone who runs a search for a keyword in your Tweet may be able to see that message. Your Tweets are public by default; if you're hesitant to have people you may not know read your updates, protect your Tweets to approve followers and keep your updates out of search.
Why can't I see all my Tweets? Are they lost?
We store all your Tweets. Navigate to your profile to view up to 3,200 of your most recent Tweets in your profile timeline. To view more, you can download your Twitter Archive and browse a snapshot of your Twitter information, starting with your first Tweet.
What does it mean to follow someone on Twitter?
Following someone means you've chosen to subscribe to their Twitter updates. When you follow someone, every time they post a new message, it will appear on your Twitter Home timeline.
How do I know who I'm following?
After you click or tap the Follow button on someone's profile, you're following them. See a list of people you're following by clicking on the following link on your profile page or on your home page's sidebar.
What are replies?
A reply is a response to another person’s Tweet. Click or tap the reply icon
on another person's Tweet to reply to it. Please note that if your Tweets are protected, people who are not following you will not see your replies or mentions.
What are Direct Messages?
Direct Messages are private messages sent from one Twitter account to other Twitter account(s), and they do not appear in public for anyone else to read. You can start a conversation with anyone who follows you.
Twitter policies and reporting
How do I submit a complaint about copyright, impersonation, trademark, or other Terms of Service issues?
Review our Terms of Service section to find out what constitutes a violation, and how to go about fixing a related problem.