To sign up to Twitter, visit and fill out the sign-up form. This is what the current sign-up page looks like:

Choose a short username that is easy to find – Best to use your real name and try to us the same name for all your social media accounts, so your fans can find you!

Twitter allows you 140 characters per post (excluding photos, gifs, videos, polls and quote tweets) so you need all the space you can get. Embedding an image or video hosted elsewhere rather than being uploaded through Twitter, such as a YouTube video, will still count towards the character limit.

The new user tutorial will be helpful in getting you started; go through it here

Upload a photo as your profile picture and write a short biography for yourself that tells people what position you play, who for and some of your other interests.

We would suggest something such as the following: ‘Defender for Malaysia, Loves Hip-Hop, Bad surfer’

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Once you’ve followed a group of people that you find interesting, spend some time reading what they’re saying and get a sense of what you like, what you don’t like and how to talk to people.

Twitter allows a maximum of 140 characters per post, and within posts there are a number of different things you can include. A recent twitter update means that photos, gifs, videos, polls and quote tweets will now not count in the 140 characters.

 handles (@) – to post a public message that you want someone specific to see, or to talk to someone publicly and directly, you need to include their Twitter handle, such as @JohnDoe. This will then be flagged up as a ‘mention’ to the user you’re talking to.

 (#) – hashtags are ways to tap into trends and conversations on Twitter. By using, for example, the Hockey World League hashtag (E.g. #HWL2017) in your Tweets, this will group your Tweets with every other Tweet using that hashtag. People can see all of the Tweets that contain this hashtag by clicking on the hashtag itself. When a certain number of Tweets are posted containing a hashtag, Twitter registers this keyword as a trend, so it’s important to be consistent and always use the same hashtag.

 (RT) – ReTweets are direct re-posts of other people’s Tweets. If you see someone talking about something you and your community may find interesting, such as what another player at the competition is doing, you should ReTweet their message. The other person will be notified and they will then be more likely to follow and ReTweet your content to their own community, increasing awareness of your profile in the process. You can also add your own personal message to the ReTweet, this is called a quote tweet.

 messages (DM) – direct messages are private messages between you and another person that cannot be seen by anyone else. This is a good way to talk to people privately and have conversations through Twitter but without the rest of the world having access to them.

 (URLs) – whenever Tweeting about an article, video, photo, or anything else that has a presence on the internet, it’s helpful for people if URLs are included. This allows them to view the content for themselves, and leads to more interactions and ReTweets of your content. Because URLs can be long and take up too much of your 140 character tweet, try shortening the links using a free URL shortening website like or and copy and paste the shortened link into your tweet.

– A great way to make tweeting more interactive and exciting is to add images to your tweets. Add these directly to make it easier for you followers. Added from Instagram only gives a link to your photo and will get less engagement from your followers.

When talking on Twitter, apply the same rules as you apply to real life – if you wouldn’t say it to people in person, don’t say it on Twitter!

If you will be tweeting about a specific event, we recommend you send FIH a message (@FIH_Hockey) to tell us. Send something like:

@FIH_Hockey I’m signed up to Twitter – going to be Tweeting during the Hockey World League!

 Then we can let everyone know that you are tweeting about hockey and about specific competitions.

It’s up to you how much you talk and what you talk about – some prominent athletes use it as a commentary for their lives, telling people where they are, what they are doing, how they are feeling, almost everything they do. Some others just use it talk to fans about games and practices. Fans love to know more about the life of an international athlete, so this is certainly a good starting point.

Check out our content guidelines later in this document for more general guidance. Finally, as with Facebook, followers love photos and videos!

For more help on tweeting photos and videos check out Twitter support:

A GIF is a moving image made out of a few stills, and can be added much like an image can to a tweet. Twitter provides a library of a few popular ones for you to start with. Click on GIF icon in your compose tweet box.

Polls: You can also tweet a poll question to your followers, though these are usually more popular with large companies or personalities who have many thousands of followers. Simply click on ‘poll’, type your question and then a minimum of two or maximum of four answers. You can set the poll to run for any length from five minutes to a week.

Videos – Twitter is about micro-blogging – getting your message out quickly and limiting you to short posts. Keep your videos short and fun.

Twitter Stickers
 – When you add a photo you can now add a fun sticker. Tap the sticker icon 😀 and browse the library for available stickers. Tap and hold your finger on your sticker to move it around. You can rotate and re-size by pinching and turning with your fingers. To delete a sticker drag it to the bottom of photo – the trash icon 🗑️will appear. Once its sent the stickers can’t be edited. You can add up to 25 stickers in one photo. It also makes your posts more searchable in a new timeline with other posts using the same stickers – acting like a visual hashtag. Try the hockey stick! 🏑

Vine – Vine is an app, owned by Twitter, that lets users create and share six-second videos by pressing and holding your finger down on the screen. Even though videos are limited to six seconds, you can start and stop recording as many times as you like during that time to include several different scenes. Vine videos also include trending hashtags, which make exploring content on the platform easier, and boasts verified badges for high-profile users.

You can post your Vine loop direct to Twitter from the Vine app

Periscope –  is a live video streaming app also owned by Twitter. Periscope users have the option to tweet out a link to their Live Stream and works in a similar way to Facebook live

Who does it well?

Get some inspiration from these accounts:

LeBron James: 34 Million followers

Serena Williams: 7.6 Million followers

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