Free social application for Android
Twitter is a free social media application that lets you post GIFs, pictures, links, polls, text, and videos to a profile in posts that are called tweets. Your tweets will show up on your profile and newsfeed and in the feeds of the people that follow you. You can follow people and get followed by other users.
Twitter fleets were recently removed from the social network app. The fleets were fleeting posts that were only available for 24 hours to let people know what is happening in your life. Snapchat created the stories model that Facebook and Instagram followed, along with Twitter.
Is Twitter free?
While Twitter is free to use, the platform has advertisements that appear on your timeline in the form of promoted posts. The ads can come from accounts that you do not follow and you can tell that the tweets are ads when a ‘Promoted’ icon is at the bottom of the posts.
Is Twitter safe?
Twitter has become known for censoring profiles and posts, as too often, this social media platform is filled with hostile conversations. Since Twitter has removed accounts during periods of debate, the tech company has elevated, instead of alleviated, tensions in society. The marketing around the brand tries to incite trust yet a deeper look reveals biased actions and intentions. For a forum that promotes free speech, you can try Parler an alternative to Twitter.
How do I get the Twitter app?
The Twitter app is available on desktop and mobile devices. You can download Twitter on Android and iOS devices like iPad and iPhone. Mac and Windows PC operating systems also support the Twitter app. Alternatively, you can log into your account directly in your web browser on the website on all the devices.
How do you tweet on Android?
An icon bar is at the bottom of the user interface. The home button lets you see your newsfeed. You can click on the magnifying glass icon to search for specific accounts, keywords, and topics. The bell image lets you see your recent notifications. Your direct messages are available in the envelope section of the menu bar.
An icon with a feathered pen and an addition sign lets you write a post called a tweet. A tweet is easy to create. As you have 280 characters to fill up your tweet, a circular loading bar will fill up with each letter that you type. The loading circle will turn orange when you have 20 characters left. A red color will replace the orange when you reach zero. A negative number will appear after each additional character you type in the red zone. You can also add media to your tweets like images and videos and a GIF library is available to use.
An attractive part of Twitter is the poll option. You can voice a question and potential responses of up to four different answers. A poll requires a minimum of two choices. You will receive a percentage number that lets you know how many people chose each choice. You can determine the length of days, hours, and minutes the poll is up for.
Since you can decide who sees your tweet by tapping the world picture in the text box, the ‘Tweet’ option lets you send your post to either ‘Everyone’, ‘People you follow’, or ‘Only people you mention’. Scheduled tweets let you send announcements on a preset date and time. You can tap the ‘Schedule’ button when you are ready to set up your post.
Other Twitter features
The ‘Explore’ tab features news about world events, interests, entertainment, and more. The trending section will list topics that are being talked about in the form of hashtags. You can repost tweets from other accounts with the retweet feature and your retweets will appear on your profile.
App to use with caution
Since Twitter has removed important information from the internet in the past, the platform is filled with skewed politics. Posts that go against a narrative that Twitter supports are too often get censored with notices like ‘Manipulated media’. Not to mention, Twitter is becoming filled with advertisements that use your personal data to determine the type of adverts it displays to you.
The developers make updates to Twitter on a consistent and frequent basis. In addition, Twitter often makes new rules.