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Twitter How-to: Customize Twitter settings

Besides just customizing your profile, Twitter offers plenty of other options to improve your tweeting experience. One of the key options that you should set right away, before you even start posting to Twitter, is whether or not to “protect” your updates, which means making your tweets private and invisible to anyone but the people you’ve approved to follow you. Click the “Settings” link at the top of the Twitter homepage, scroll down to the bottom of the “Account” page, then simply check the box that says “Protect my updates,” and you’re good to go. The next options that should be configured are under the “Notices” tab. This is how you customize when you want Twitter to contact you. Clicking the first box, Auto Nudge, will allow Twitter to text you if you haven’t tweeted in 24 hours. The next three settings involve e-mail notifications. Check them if you want Twitter to e-mail you when important things happen, such as when someone follows you or sends you a direct message. These can come in handy if you don’t check Twitter often or if you have trouble keeping track of who’s following you. Finally, in order to get the whole Twitter experience, set up your phone for mobile tweeting from the “Device” tab. (If you have a smartphone, you can just use an specialized Twitter application for your phone instead.) Follow the directions to add your phone, turn device updates on, and start sending your tweets to 40404. Now you can tweet when you’re away from your computer. (If you’d like to get your friends’ tweets via text, you can modify mobile updates for each person by clicking the “following” link on the Twitter homepage sidebar.) If you don’t want to be bothered by your tweeple while you’re sleeping (or studying, or working, etc.), set a timespan during the day during which mobile updates are turned off.

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