Learn The Basics of Twitter

The first step is to understanding Twitter is becoming familiar with the lingo.
There are certain words and phrases that are unique to Twitter and Twitter culture. Knowing these terms are helpful when operating within the platform.

Twitter Lingo

  • Handle: Your Twitter username.
  • Tweet: A 140-character message.
  • Feed: The stream of tweets you see on your homepage. It's comprised of updates from users you follow.
  • Retweet (RT): Re-sharing or giving credit to someone else's tweet.
  • Hashtag (#): A way to denote a topic of conversation or participate in a larger linked discussion (e.g. #WalkingDead, #KimKardashian). A hashtag is a discovery tool that allows others to find your tweets, based on topics. You can also click on a hashtag to see all the tweets that mention it in real time — even from people you don't follow.
  • Mention (@): A way to reference another user by his username in a tweet. Users are notified when @mentioned. It's a way to conduct discussions with other users in a public realm.
  • Direct Message (DM): A private, 140-character message between two people. You can decide whether to accept a Direct Message from any Twitter user, or only from users you are following. You may only DM a user who follows you.
  • Trending: The Trends list is designed to help people discover the ‘most breaking’ breaking news from across the world, in real-time. The Trends list captures the hottest emerging topics, not just what’s most popular.

Get Started Tweeting!!!

  1. Set up your profile -> Link to Twitter Sign Up Page
  2. Follow people with similar interests
  3. Post a status update
  4. Look for the 'Trending' section to see what's popular right now
  5. Search Twitter with Hash Tags (#soccer) to find posts of interest.
  6. Integrating Twitter with other social networks can automatically send tweets

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