Twitter Tips

New to Twitter or just need a refresher course? Here are some basic tips***.

Twitter:

  • a micro-blogging platform that allows people to post 140-character updates which may include pictures, links and more. Per Twitter: “Twitter is a real-time information network powered by people all around the world that lets you share and discover what’s happening now.”

Tweet:

  • (n) A message posted via Twitter containing 140 characters or fewer.
  • (v) Tweet, Tweeting, Tweeted. The act of posting a message, often called a “Tweet”, on Twitter.

Hashtag:

  • The # symbol is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. If you add a hashtag to your tweet and you have a public account, anyone who does a search for that hashtag may find your tweet.

Chat:

  • A real-time event in which people on Twitter use the same hashtag at the same time, responding to curated topics or “mingling.”

Reply:

  • A Tweet posted in reply to another user’s message, usually posted by clicking the “reply” button next to their Tweet in your timeline. Always begins with @username.

Retweet/RT:

  • (n) A Tweet by another user, forwarded to you by someone you follow. Often used to spread news or share valuable findings on Twitter.
  • (v) To retweet, retweeting, retweeted. The act of forwarding another user’s Tweet to all of your followers.

@:

  • The @ sign is used to call out usernames in Tweets, like this: Hello @Twitter! When a username is preceded by the @ sign, it becomes a link to a Twitter profile. Mentioning another user in your Tweet by including the @ sign followed directly by their username is called a “mention.” Also refers to Tweets in which your username was included.

Direct Message/DM:

  • Also called a DM, these messages are private between only the sender and recipient. Tweets become DMs when they begin with “d username” to specify who the message is for.

Follow:

  • To follow someone on Twitter means to subscribe to their Tweets or updates on the site. A follower is another Twitter user who has followed you.

***Some definitions taken from the Twitter glossary.

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