How to join a Twitter community for your business

A Twitter community provides a special place to discuss specific topics with like-minded people.

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You can use Twitter to learn about or discuss topics of professional interest to you or your business, but Twitter is a massive place with millions of tweets and thousands of different interests and topics. Sometimes it can seem overwhelming. One way to narrow the focus is with a feature called Twitter Communities.

When you join a Twitter community, you can post your own tweets and reply to other members to engage in conversations about specific topics. The goal is to share help, resources, and information with people who share your professional or personal interests. You can find Twitter communities by browsing a list of suggestions, or by searching by name, topic, or other keywords. How to join a Twitter community.

To check out existing Twitter communities, log into your Twitter account either on the website or via the mobile app. If you haven’t joined a community yet, go to Twitter Communities account page. Scroll down the screen until you find a community that interests you. Click the Join Community button (Figure A).

Figure A

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Click the Join button. Next, review the rules for that community, and then click the Agree and Join button (Figure B).

Figure B

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After you join your first community, you’ll see a Communities icon in the left menu on your Twitter page and in the bottom bar of the Twitter app. Scroll down the screen to the Discover section to see more communities. Click the Show More link to see a full list of communities (Figure C).

Figure C

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Scroll down the list and select another community to join. If you know of a specific community or want to see if there is one on a specific topic, enter its name or keyword in the search box above. Related communities will appear in response to your search. Select something that interests you and click the Join button (Figure D).

Figure D

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Some Twitter communities are open, meaning you can join them automatically without moderator approval. Other communities are invitation-only, meaning you must apply for membership. For an invite-only community, click the Agree and Ask to Join button. You must then wait for the moderator to approve your request before you can interact with that community (Numbers E).

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After joining one or more communities, return to the Communities page. Scroll down to see the latest tweets from other members of all communities you’ve joined. Click a specific community above to view tweets from only those members (Figure F).

Figure F

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Read the various tweets posted by other members. If you see an interesting tweet, you can always like or retweet it. To reply to the tweet, click the Reply icon, type your reply, and then click Reply (Figure G).

Figure G

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To post your own tweet to the community, make sure you’re viewing the community’s feed. Click the Tweet button. Make sure the community is listed as an audience. Enter your tweet. Like any other tweet, you can include links, images, GIFs, or emojis. Click the tweet button to post it (Figure H).

Figure H

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Finally, you can view more details about a community, invite other people and leave them if you want. In the community’s Twitter feed, click the member count entry to see each member’s Twitter name. Click the share icon to invite other members. Hover over the Joined icon until you see Leave, then click this icon to leave the community (Figure I).

Figure I

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