Tweetathon 101: Learn to tweet and join us on Sept. 28

Since we announced our plans for a tweetathon on Sept 28, we’ve had very enthusiastic emails asking us how to get on Twitter, and participate in a Tweetathon.

So, here goes…

Starting your Twitter Profile:

Tweeting is as easy as texting. You just need to make sure you have something to say. To start a Twitter profile:

1. Go to, and sign in using a valid email id. Remember to give yourself a username that is relevant to how you are, and what you do. You will be known by this name (also called handle) on Twitter, and so you should feel comfortable sharing this with your contacts.

2. Once you’ve created an account, Twitter will ask you to create a profile. Remember you have to be succinct on Twitter. So describe yourself in just 160 characters. This should say something about who you are and why you are on twitter. For example ASAP’s bio is:

Advancing women’s sexual and reproductive rights in Asia. FB:

Also enter your location, and web address.

If you are starting a personal profile, and not one for your organization, please write a bit about who you are: what’s your job title, interests etc. Do keep it short. You can add a link to your website, or blog!

3.  Then follow at least five organizations or people for a start.  Do follow us. You can find us by searching for @asapasia .

4. Now you can start tweeting. Use the box on the left sidebar if you are on your homepage. You can also use click on the small blue box on the navigation bar to compose tweets. Your Tweets should be short (140 characters) and can include a link!

5. Follow other organizations and people, and some of them will follow you back. The more you tweet, the more followers you will have. Make sure you represent yourself well!

Using Hashtags:

Hashtags are keywords that help Twitter identify and streamline conversations on a certain topic.

You create hashtags by using a pound sign, or a hash sign in front of a word. Eg. #abortion. If you want to follow what’s being said on abortion, you can type #abortion in the search column, and find it.

Our hashtag for the Tweetathon is #AbortionRts . This is short for Abortion Rights.

You can follow Beth Kanter’s blog for more ideas on how to use Twitter!

How to Participate in the Tweetathon:

1. On Sept. 28, please use the hashtag #AbortionRts in all your tweets. You can use this as part of a sentence (Eg. Though abortion is legal, negative attitudes stand in the way of women’s #AbortionRts in Malaysia) or simply as an orphan phrase in your tweet. (Eg.Abortion is not the reason for skewed sex-ratios, gender discrimination is. #AbortionRts )

2. If you can be online between 10 and 11 a.m. IST, or 2 and 4p.m. IST you will be able to have a live conversation with us.

3. Even if you cannot be online in those times, please use #AbortionRts in all your tweets. We’ll retweet you to our followers and make sure your voice is heard.

4. Please remain respectful at all times, and voice insightful opinions that will help us move the debate forward.

5. We might not be able to retweet all comments if we have too many responses. We’ll retweet the best, but save everything for our own records. So no comment will go unread.

To read more about our Tweetathon (what we’ll discuss, why we are conducting this etc.) visit this page on our blog:

If you have questions please comment on this blogpost, or send us an email to .

We hope you will tweet with us on the 28th!


About Shweta Krishnan

Shweta Krishnan was the Communication and Networking Officer For the Asia Safe Abortion Partnership between June 2012 and March 2014. She is a feminist writer with a background in medicine, and has a strong commitment to promoting sexual and reproductive rights for all.
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