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Using Twitter and Facebook

From: iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

Video: Using Twitter and Facebook

If you're a Facebook or Twitter user you'll be happy to know that Apple has integrated both services directly into iOS 6 making it easy to Tweet or post status updates directly from built-in apps like Safari, Photos, the Camera, and Maps. Let's start by setting up Twitter. To use this feature go to Settings and Twitter. If you don't have a Twitter account, you can create one quickly here by tapping Create New Account. But if you do have an existing account, enter your username and password here. Then tap Sign In.

Using Twitter and Facebook

If you're a Facebook or Twitter user you'll be happy to know that Apple has integrated both services directly into iOS 6 making it easy to Tweet or post status updates directly from built-in apps like Safari, Photos, the Camera, and Maps. Let's start by setting up Twitter. To use this feature go to Settings and Twitter. If you don't have a Twitter account, you can create one quickly here by tapping Create New Account. But if you do have an existing account, enter your username and password here. Then tap Sign In.

If you haven't yet installed the Twitter app, you'll be asked if you want to install it now. Just tap Install if you want to use the official Twitter app or tap Later if you want to use a third-party app you can download from the App Store. You'll want to have at least one Twitter app if you want to Tweet outside of the apps on your device that Twitter is integrated into, but I'll just tap Later for now. We'll get into installing apps in a later chapter, but just know that you can install Twitter directly from here at any time by tapping this Install button. If you have more than one account, maybe you have a personal Twitter account as well as well as one for business, you can tap Add Account.

I'll just stick with this one account for now. If you tap the Update Contacts button, your device will scan the contacts stored on your phone and examine the email addresses stored there. If it finds any addresses associated with Twitter accounts, those people's usernames and photos will be automatically downloaded and added to their contact files on your device. This makes it easy to mention your friends and reply to them in your own Tweets. So once you've entered your Twitter information here you're all set to Tweet from the various built-in apps on your device. For example, I'll go to my photo library and select a photo.

I'd like to Tweet this photo to my followers. I just tap the Share button down here in the lower left-hand corner and one of the buttons here is Twitter. Tapping that opens a new Tweet window where I can type out my message. If you want, you can tap Add Location to include information about where you're Tweeting from and when you're ready to post your Tweet, just click Send. That's all there is to it. Let's take a look at Facebook now. I'll go back to Settings and select Facebook. If you don't have a Facebook account, you can tap Create New Account and walk through the steps to create one.

But if you already do have an account, you can enter your username and password here. Then tap Sign In. Before you sign in, you're given this detailed page letting you know exactly what's signing into Facebook from your iPhone will do. Doing so will download your Facebook contacts onto your phone and keep their information up-to-date. It will also download your Facebook events to the Calendar app so you can start seeing things like your Facebook friends birthdays up here in the Calendar. Signing into Facebook will also allow you to post status updates, photos, and other content like links to websites that you want to share directly from apps on your phone.

Now you can change some of these things later like you can hide Facebook events from the Calendar app so you don't have to see them, but basically the point is that signing into Facebook here gives you the ability to post and share from within your iPhone apps. So let's tap Sign In. As with Twitter I'm now given the opportunity to install the Facebook app if I want to do so. I'll just pass on that for now, and that's it. Notice that these sliders have appeared. So if I want to block Facebook content from appearing in the Calendar or the Contacts app, I can just turn that off here. So for example, if I didn't want all my Facebook friends' birthdays to start showing up in my Calendar, I can just turn it off.

But now if I have an app open like Safari and maybe this is a blog post that I would like to share with my Facebook friends, I can just tap the Share button and then tap Facebook. I can write a little something about what I'm posting. As with Twitter, I can tap Add Location to include information about where I'm posting from and you can even choose which of your friends can see your posts. If you've created a friend list in Facebook, you'll see those lists here on your phone automatically. To find out more about setting up friend lists, check out our Facebook courses on the lynda.com online training library.

When I'm ready I tap Post and that post gets added to my Facebook account. That's how to work with Twitter and Facebook directly on your phone. Also remember, as I've mentioned previously, you can quickly make direct Tweets and Facebook posts by dragging down from the top of the screen to open the Notification Center. In certain apps you'll need to drag down once to reveal the tab, which you can then drag down to reveal Notification Center. And here, tap Tweet or Post to Facebook. So if you're already a Twitter or a Facebook user, you'll probably really appreciate the way the two services have been integrated into iOS.

If you've never Tweeted or used Facebook before go ahead and sign up for accounts. They're free and you may find that you use them a lot more than you expected to.

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  1. 1m 21s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
  2. 45m 36s
    1. A tour around the iPhone and iPod touch
      6m 33s
    2. The Home screen and Home button
      2m 49s
    3. Organizing apps on the Home screen with folders
      1m 10s
    4. Running apps and multitasking
      3m 59s
    5. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      4m 36s
    6. Learning finger gestures
      3m 36s
    7. Connecting to wi-fi networks
      3m 12s
    8. Using the Notification Center
      3m 48s
    9. Using Twitter and Facebook
      4m 37s
    10. Charging the iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 31s
    11. Setting up an Apple ID account on an iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 18s
    12. Printing from an iPhone using AirPrint
      2m 11s
    13. Displaying the iPhone screen on a TV
      2m 16s
  3. 19m 19s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      3m 10s
    2. Fixing typos and trusting autocorrection
      6m 59s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      2m 12s
    4. Hidden shortcuts
      1m 28s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      2m 9s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 21s
  4. 37m 35s
    1. Getting the latest version of iTunes
      1m 49s
    2. Connecting your iPhone to your Mac or PC
      4m 27s
    3. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a Mac
      5m 2s
    5. Syncing photos from a PC
      2m 59s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 7s
    7. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 9s
    8. Backup options
      3m 25s
    9. Wireless syncing
      2m 33s
    10. Using iTunes Match
      3m 59s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Basic phone activities
      2m 56s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 0s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 59s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 31s
    5. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 21s
    6. Using FaceTime
      4m 49s
    7. Making conference calls
      2m 52s
    8. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 46s
    9. Sharing contacts
      2m 46s
    10. Assigning specific photos and ringtones to your contacts
      3m 20s
    11. Using the included headset
      2m 42s
    12. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 33s
    13. Forwarding calls
      1m 47s
    14. Turning Call Waiting on and off
      1m 13s
    15. Turning Caller ID on and off
      1m 19s
    16. Creating custom ringtones with iTunes
      5m 53s
    17. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 52s
  6. 36m 25s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      2m 0s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, or AOL email accounts
      3m 36s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 10s
    4. Keeping your iPhone or iPod touch email synced with your computer
      5m 4s
    5. Composing email
      4m 6s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      7m 4s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 41s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      2m 56s
    9. Setting mail options
      6m 48s
  7. 31m 42s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      7m 28s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      5m 15s
    3. Saving images
      2m 41s
    4. Filling out forms and using AutoFill
      4m 4s
    5. Creating web clips
      2m 30s
    6. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 37s
    7. Creating a personal hotspot
      3m 59s
    8. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 8s
  8. 28m 3s
    1. Browsing your library
      2m 43s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      6m 20s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      3m 34s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 36s
    5. Adjusting your iPod settings
      5m 0s
    6. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      3m 37s
    7. Using AirPlay to stream content wirelessly from an iPhone to an Apple TV or AirPort Express
      3m 13s
  9. 50m 59s
    1. Shooting still photos with your iPhone
      8m 0s
    2. Improving your photos using HDR and gridlines
      3m 19s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 54s
    4. Viewing and editing still images
      7m 29s
    5. Customizing your wallpaper
      2m 44s
    6. Shooting video
      3m 5s
    7. Viewing and editing video
      2m 52s
    8. Taking screenshots
      1m 19s
    9. Sharing photos and video
      5m 50s
    10. Geotagging your photos
      4m 45s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 16s
    12. Creating a Shared Photo Stream
      6m 26s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      4m 20s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 11s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 3s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 35s
    5. Showing traffic and alternate maps
      2m 46s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 31s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 13s
  11. 19m 26s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      5m 35s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 3s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 23s
    4. Using the Clock app
      6m 7s
    5. Setting reminders
      3m 18s
  12. 8m 42s
    1. Using the Notes app
      4m 12s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      4m 30s
  13. 12m 29s
    1. Passbook
      6m 35s
    2. Stocks
      3m 6s
    3. Calculator
      44s
    4. Weather
      2m 4s
  14. 17m 8s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      4m 50s
    2. Browsing the App Store on the iPhone or iPod touch
      5m 9s
    3. Purchasing apps
      6m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
      45s
  15. 22m 41s
    1. Airplane mode
      1m 42s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 1s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      3m 16s
    4. About
      2m 32s
    5. Usage
      3m 52s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 30s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 25s
    8. Privacy
      3m 23s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 15s
    2. Exploring Passcode Lock
      5m 16s
    3. Using Find My iPhone
      5m 38s
  17. 20m 38s
    1. Introducing Siri
      7m 25s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      2m 37s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 48s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 40s
    5. Voice control for non-Siri-capable iPhones
      6m 8s
  18. 16m 41s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 29s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 16s
    3. Rebooting
      45s
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      5m 12s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 27s
    7. Extending battery life
      4m 45s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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