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Learning How to 'Listen' on Twitter

Editor’s Note: AARP TEK stands for technology, education, and knowledge. TEK helps people 50-plus who want plain language and user-friendly information on how to best use personal technology. The free program provides comprehensive online and in-person technology tips, trends, tools and hands-on lessons.

When you sign up for Twitter, one of the things you may not know is that there is a difference between using this social network on a phone and on your computer. There are many more settings and functions that you can manage with a Web browser than there are with a phone.

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Jen Lee Reeves is AARP's social media trainer. — Ian Cunningham

Compare the differences on your smartphone and your Web browser. You’ll notice you can build lists, change your notifications and more.

See also: Glossary of common Twitter terms (PDF)

Another little-known fact is that you do not need to have a smartphone to use Twitter. You can connect your phone at so you can text to the social network. No special app is needed, as long as you have a text plan on your phone. You can read the specifics on Twitter’s website.

There are many terms that might help you navigate the site. You can download a glossary of common Twitter terms and other valuable resources through the AARP TEK social media training page.

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