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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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Ian Cunningham

Jen Lee Reeves is AARP's social media trainer.

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 twitter.com 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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