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If you're a Twitter user, you'll be happy to know that Apple has integrated it directly into iOS making it easy to tweet directly from built-in apps like Safari, Photos, the Camera, YouTube, and Maps. To use this feature, go to Settings, and find Twitter. If you have an existing account, enter your username and password here, and then tap Sign In. If you haven't yet installed the Twitter app, you'll be asked if you want to install it now.
You'll tap Install if you want to use the official Twitter app, or you can tap later if you want to use a third-party app you can download from the App Store. You will want to have at least one Twitter app if you want to tweet outside of the apps on your device that Twitter has 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 one for a business, you can tap Add Account to add another. I'll just stick with this one account for now. If you tap the Update Context button, your device will scan the context 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 automatically be 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 I'll select a photo. So I'd like to tweet this photo to my followers. I'll just tap the Share button here in the lower left-hand corner, and I'll tap Tweet.
That opens a new tweet window where I can type my message. If you want, you can add tap location to include information about where you're tweeting from. If you get the message saying Twitter would like to use your current location, tap OK, and when you're ready to post your tweet, just click Send. That's all there is to it. Now, if you don't have a Twitter account, you can quickly and easily sign up for one, either by going to twitter.com on your web browser, or go back to Settings, Twitter on your iPhone. I'm just going to delete my account for now, so I can show you how to create a new account.
So all I need to do here is tap Create New Account. Here, I'll enter my full name, my email address. Next, I need to come up with a username. This will be the name people will follow me under. So you'll probably want to use your own name or your business' name or some variation thereof, but the choice is up to you. Of course, you have to pick a name that hasn't been taken yet. Then, create a password, and type it again to verify it.
By turning on Find Me by Email, you allow people who know your email address, the email address you just entered here, to find you on Twitter, much in the same way we just use the Update Context button we saw in action earlier in this movie. You can also choose whether you want to automatically include your current approximate location in your tweets. But, if you leave this option off, you can always add the location on a tweet by tweet basis. At this point, you can tap Sign Up. And that's all there is to setting up a Twitter account on your iPhone or iPod touch. So if you're already a Twitter user, you'll probably really appreciate the way Twitter has been integrated into iOS, and if you've never tweeted before, go ahead and sign up for an account.
You may find that you'll use it a lot more than you expected to.
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