Twitter Basics & Facebook Privacy Settings



Social Networking Basics
 Social networking sites are a fairly new phenomenon, but they have become incredibly popular in the last few years, with millions of people each year who discover this new way to connect with others around the world.


How to join with a free account

Twitter has rapidly grown from a seeming waste of time where people “tweet” about mundane aspects of their day, to an incredible instant news source the like which has never been seen before.

Twitter has empowered people with a voice that can be heard from anywhere. It has proven to be the ultimate source of news of real events the instant they happen around the world, as people report on what goes on around them, even in places where the traditional media is being blocked.

This lesson shows you how to join in with the millions of new Twitter users around the world, many who share common interests or who might be interested in what you have to offer.

Click here to see the latest of Worth Godwin’s posts on Twitter

Make sure you join Twitter and “follow” me to be kept up to date with what I’m writing and teaching about in the future (see lesson below on “following” for the steps)



First steps after signing up for Twitter

This lesson picks up right where the previous lesson leaves off, with the first steps after you get your free Twitter account.


First look at your Twitter home page

This lesson introduces you to your home page on Twitter. This is where you will see all of the “tweets” (think short messages) from the people you are following on Twitter.

These messages could be updates on what your friends or family are doing, they could be links to important news stories, or if you follow me, links to new lessons, etc.



How to “follow” me on Twitter

This lesson shows you the steps to “follow” me on Twitter — when you follow someone on Twitter, you are updated whenever they post a “tweet” about what they are doing, share a link to something you might want to see, etc.

Click here to go to my profile on Twitter so you can follow me (page will open in new window).

You get to chose who you follow and who get to hear from, and you can stop following someone at any time. Some people you follow may follow you in turn.

This can be a great way to keep in touch with people and let them know what’s going on in your life, or to reach new customers if you have a business, and more.



Looking at your profile, customizing it to convey your personality and setting it up to be more secure

Your profile is your public face on Twitter. You can customize it to make it reflect your personality, with your choice of images, colors, and the layout of the page. This lesson shows you how, and goes over some of the settings for your account, including some suggestions to protect your privacy and security.


How to find family, old friends, or new people on Twitter

This lesson shows you how to use the search feature to find people who are using Twitter, or to invite people who you know outside of Twitter to join you there and keep in touch.


Understanding some of the basics of how to communicate with others on Twitter

Talking on Twitter is kind of like email in some ways, but more like an instant message such as you might use on AOL Instant Messenger, iChat, Skype, or other services.

This lesson shows you how to reply to “tweets” (messages), how to mark them as favorites you can come back to later, and more.

Facebook Privacy

Facebook is currently the most popular social networking site, but just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s the best one.

I’m not a big fan because Facebook is actively working against its users, something they do to exploit them by collecting as much information as they can about you so they can sell it to the highest bidder.



How to Set Suggested Privacy Settings in Facebook

I really encourage you to avoid using Facebook, but if you do, you’ll want to watch this video.

In this lesson we go through important privacy settings in your Facebook account, explaining what the settings are for, and some important things to understand about them.