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What is Twitter?

Twitter is a social media service that lets you publicly share short posts or tweets that are limited to 280 characters of text. In addition to text you can include links, images, videos, location data, key words and polls in your tweets. You specify these by placing a hashtag before the word or phrase. Once posted, a keyword becomes a link that brings up other tweets posted by users containing that keyword.

By default, your tweets are publicly available (even without a Twitter account), and can be linked to, shared and embedded in websites. Other Twitter users can tweet responses to your tweet, as well as liking it or retweeting it. Retweeting means it will appear in their feed, attributed to you. Mentioning a user by placing an ‘@’ before their username will alert them and when posted, will make the mention a link to their profile. Twitter also has direct messaging which allows you to have private conversations, and a live streaming app called Periscope.


Apps: Android app, Apple iOS app

How do people use Twitter?

Learn more about the benefits and risks associated with how people use content sharing services like Twitter.

Twitter is used for: content sharing, live streaming, location sharing, messaging/online chat, online relationships, and photo/video sharing.

How can you report online abuse, ask for content to be removed or block someone?

How can you protect your personal information?

Key safety links

  • Safety and security
    Offers a range of general help, safety and security information when using Twitter including, hacking, spam, sensitive content and abuse.
  • Twitter rules
    Rules and policies relating to Twitter including, guidelines and enforcements options.
  • Terms of service
    Outlines the rules you agree to by using Twitter.
  • Privacy policy
    Outlines how Twitter collects and uses your data.