You need to set up a Twitter account to send tweets, but anyone can read them. You can also send Direct Messages to other Twitter users to have private conversations with them.
Twitter uses hashtags (#) to categorise tweets and make it easier to search for them.
Twitter has attracted 2.8 million Australian users, most of whom have an enjoyable experience on Twitter most of the time.
But sometimes things can and do go wrong and people may experience abuse (from someone they know, or even someone they don’t) or have their account hacked.
There are many steps you can take to reduce the risk of something going wrong.
If you feel unsafe right now, call the police on Triple Zero (000).If someone is abusing you on Twitter:
If the abuser’s behaviour makes you feel unsafe, you will need support from the police and other services. See our Get help page.
Twitter’s Help Centre and the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner have more information on how to have a safer Twitter experience.