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Twitter: Your Thoughts and Photos in 140 Characters or Less

En español | 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.

We’ve all had this experience: You’re watching your favorite show and screaming at the television, telling your favorite character what to do. You get frustrated because you’re telling her to do the right thing, but she’s doing the complete opposite. Someone else has to agree with you. No? Well, someone else must be talking about it.

Well, now you can find that person, or a group of people, on Twitter!

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

Twitter is a great way to follow and talk to or about your favorite TV stars, famous figures, movies, shows and sports. But at the end of the day, it’s a also great tool to use to voice your own opinion about things that matter to you. It keeps you connected from one end of the globe to the other.

See also: Step-by-step guide to joining Twitter (PDF)

You’ll have an audience. Twitter users include groups of people that share your interests, along with your family and friends. Of the growing 300 million Twitter users, 20 percent are 50+.

Through Twitter, you can connect with whomever you like. And if you are uncomfortable talking on Twitter, it can become your own personal feed of news and entertainment.

The AARP TEK social media training page has a step-by-step guide on how to join Twitter, along with other downloadable tips that can help you along the way.

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