National Neighborhood Watch

A Division of the National Sheriffs' Association

Crime prevention through neighborhood cohesiveness and collaboration.


Twitter Tips

  1. Go to
  2. Click Sign Up on the right side of the page
  3. Fill in the information
    1. The full name could be the Block Captain
    2. Username could be Greensville NW, for example
  4. Once your account is set up, you can edit information
  5. By clicking the Settings tab on the top right, then the Profile tab you can
    1. Add/change a picture
    2. Add/change a location
    3. Add as the website
    4. Write a Bio about your Neighborhood Watch group
  6. To tweet, you must write a short message (140 characters or less) in the
    1. Click the Home tab on the top right
    2. Write a short message (140 characters or less) in the white box
    3. Click Tweet
  7. Twitter “slang”
    1. “retweet” – to tweet what someone else has already
      • run your mouse over their tweet and click Retweet
    2. “reply” – to reply to a recent tweet
      • run your mouse over their tweet and click Reply- this will be public
    3. "direct messages” – this is a direct message that will go to the person you choose
      • click Direct Message on the right side of the screen then choose who you would like the message to go to from the scroll list at the top of the page, the message must be 140 characters or shorter
    4. “favorite” – favorite a tweet that way you’ll always be able to find it under your Favorites tab on the right side of your screen
      • run your mouse over the tweet, click the star in the top right corner of the tweet
    5. “mention” – to mention someone in a tweet that way it will be called to their attention
      • When you’re writing your tweet, put @ before their username, it’s important not to put any spaces; for example, my Neighborhood Watch’s username is NWCali, I would write “About to go to my @NWCali meeting”
  8. To follow people on Twitter
    1. Click the Find People tab on the top right
    2. Type in their name, email, username, or any other identifying name they may have
    3. Once you’ve found who you’re looking for, click the Settings (looks like a mechanical wheel) next to their name and click Follow
  9. To get others to follow you and keep up with your NW group, offer your Username to them via email, phone conversations, or word of mouth

An easy way to keep everyone involved and informed is to mention the Neighborhood Watch’s blog URL, Facebook group name, and Twitter username on all three sites.