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Illustrations by Mr Joe McKendry

Set up in March 2006 by California-based Mr Jack Dorsey, Twitter has more than 500 million users, with around 340 million tweets sent a day. The quickest way to spread knowledge and news to the world, it has changed the way we think, work and communicate.

Quick-fire and free, however, it can also be excruciatingly banal. From meaningless missives about the weather, to 140-character lunch descriptions, it's easy to be an insufferable tweeter. Or, if you're particularly careless, a libellous one (social media laws are getting tighter by the day).

London-based comedian, writer and director Mr Peter Serafinowicz has gained more than 650,000 followers by being a master of wit and intrigue. Here, he reveals how he's become a member of the tweet elite.

"Twitter, or as the BBC still calls it, 'The social networking site, Twitter' is the most exciting way to communicate in the 21st century," he says. "Thanks to Twitter I now have friends all over the world, a directing career and a book out, A Billion Jokes (Volume One). Here are my tips on using the site."

Buy A Billion Jokes (Volume One) by Mr Serafinowicz here.


Follow lots of people, and not just "celebrities". There are so many interesting, funny people out there - if you like someone, check out who they follow, and follow them.

Some people can be sensitive to strong language and may unfollow you if you use profanities. So don't f**k up.

A good and sturdy general rule (or maxim) when writing is to keep sentences as concise, clear and non-verbose as you possibly can, avoiding digressions, distractions, tautologies and tautologies.

Try to experience the real world, too. It's pretty nice! The graphics, in particular, are amazing.

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