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Are you new to Twitter? New to Social Media? But, you would like to give #solihullhour a go? Follow these simple steps to start you off.

1. On the Internet, type in the web address

2. If you do not have a Twitter account, click ‘Sign up’. If you have an account, please log in and continue to step 7.

3. Enter the name of your business what you would like your twitter account to be called in the top box and create a password in the other box.

4. Follow the steps through until you reach your profile page, which should look something like the SolihullHour profile shown here. Twitter will ask you to add a photo (some people use their logo, others may put a photo of themselves here - it really depends on the type of business you run. If you would like more information about what is best to do here, please ask Jessie at a Tweet Up and she will be happy to speak to you about what is best for you in more detail), a small biography and to start following certain Twitter accounts.

5. Once you have reached the profile page you are ready to start crafting your first tweet! As you can see from the image of the SolihullHour profile, we have sent nearly 40,000 tweets, they will soon add up. To create a tweet, click on the icon that shows a box with a quill in it. This is normally in the top right-hand corner of the page.

6. A box will appear, click into the white section and you can begin typing. Remember to be concise, you only have 140 characters per tweet in order to say what you would like to. If you add a photo (by clicking the camera icon) this will use up some of your character allowance.

7. To get involved with #solihullhour, log in to your Twitter account. When you are writing your Tweet, please ensure that you use the ‘#’ character followed by ‘solihullhour’ with no spaces; ie. #solihullhour. This means that your tweet will be included in the #solihullhour trend, which is a list of every twitter user, all around the world, who have included that phrase in their tweets at any given time.

8. To find the trend/the list of people getting involved in the hour on that evening, there are two easy ways of doing it.

      a) Find the tweet you just send on your profile page, click on the #solihullhour which should direct you to the #solihullhour feed.

      b) Click the magnifying glass icon in the top right-hand corner of the page, type #solihullhour in the search box. Click on the @Solihullhour page. This will direct you to our profile page. Click ‘Follow’ while you’re there and we will look out for you in the next Solihull Hour. Find a tweet on our profile page that includes #solihullhour and click on the #solihullhour to be directed to the feed.

9. Once you’re on the feed, have a look to see if you recognise anyone getting involved. To interact with someone’s tweet you can do three things. 1. Favourite the tweet to show you are interested; tap the heart icon. 2. Retweet the tweet by clicking the icon that looks like two arrows in a circle. This will then show the tweet to all of your followers in order to spread the message. 3. Reply to the tweet. Tap the arrow icon, this will pop up a box that you can type in to reply to the tweet. Make sure that you leave the other person’s @ name in the tweet so that they will see it.

10. Make sure you try to interact with people on the feed in order to network. A favourite is great and shows that you like or are interested in the topic of the tweet. A retweet will be much appreciated as it helps the tweeter to get their message across to more people. At the moment, @Solihullhour have 7400 followers. For example, if we retweet you, and two others with 2000 followers each retweet you, your tweet has the potential of being seen by 11400 people. All of that exposure and for nothing but your time!

11. If you are still struggling to get the hang of Twitter, look out for the next Tweet-up date on our website or Facebook page, and come along. We would be more than happy to talk you through it face-to-face on the evening.