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Simple guide to Twitter
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  • My simple guide to Twitter Using the new Twitter layout Autumn 2010 Part 3: Tweeting
  • Twitter tips and terminology
    • RT
    • DM
    • @reply
    • And other gobbledegook
    • Before long, we’ll have you tweeting like a pro…
  • The timeline
    • When you are logged in your ‘home’ will display your ‘timeline’ – here you will see all the recent tweets of the people you are following.
  • The ‘@’ reply or mentions
    • To reply to what someone has said or asked, simply click on ‘reply’ under their tweet.
    • To see who’s replied to you, click on ‘@mentions’
    • This is a public one to one conversation.
  • The ‘retweet’
    • A retweet is like forwarding an email – you basically repeat someone else’s tweet.
    • If you see something you want to retweet (forward) – click on ‘retweet’. This is the major way information is shared across twitter.
  • The direct message
    • These are called DMs for short.
    • A DM is a private message to someone – only the recipient can view it.
    • The new Twitter now simply calls these ‘Messages’ and they are essentially like email but just 140 characters long.
  • What’s a hashtag?
    • Hashtags are keywords and are a way of tracking topics on Twitter. By using hashtags, you can help people who are looking for more information on your subject find your Tweets.
    • You add hashtags to your tweets by using the hash symbol, #, and a word that defines the tweet's topic. For example, #election or #G20. You can include more than one hashtag in your tweet, if appropriate.
    • Anyone can create a hashtag, there isn’t a central place that creates them, groups of people just start using them.
  • Hashtags continued
    • Hashtags act as links, click on a hashtag to see all the tweets using that term.
    • You can also search for tweets with hashtags that interest you.
    • Many conferences use a hashtag to enable delegates to track comments about the conference online.
  • Hashtags
    • So here, Graham has used the hashtag #innovate10 – which is a conference hashtag and #browne which refers to a Higher Education report.
    • Using hashtags is a way of filtering your twitter feed so that you only see tweets related to that topic.
    • So if I wanted to see just the tweets from #innovate10 I could click on that.
    • This would make ALL tweets using that hashtag appear, not just those of the people that you’re following.
  • Follow Friday
    • On Fridays, people like to share the favourite people they’re following. This is called #followfriday or #ff (note that this is a hashtag).
    • This is a good way to find new people to follow on Twitter as these are recommendations from people you follow
    • If someone mentions you in a #ff tweet – make sure you thank them!
  • Etiquette tips
    • If somebody ‘retweets’ (ie. repeats) what you’ve said, it’s good etiquette to reply to them and say thank you.
    • If you repeat or quote someone else’s tweet, make sure you say who it was from by adding either “RT @theirname” or “via @theirname”
  • Sharing links
    • Link sharing is great on Twitter. If you want to share a link, copy the link from the search bar at the top of your browser and paste it into the tweet. It won’t work as a link unless it’s preceded by http://
    • If the link is really long, put it into a url shortening site like: http://tinyurl.com – this will give you more space for your accompanying comment.
  • Sharing links
    • Lots of websites give you the opportunity to share an item on Twitter.
    • Look out for the ‘t’ icon on websites and simply click on it to share on Twitter:
  • Trending topics or ‘trends’
    • ‘ Trending topics’ are topics lots of people are talking about - live. You can see these down the right hand side of your Twitter home page.
    • Click on a topic you’re interested in to see all Tweets relating to that topic.
    • Alternatively, search for a topic or keyword using the search bar on your Twitter home page.
    • You can set your trending topics to ‘worldwide’ or the country in which you are based.
    • Trends appear in the right hand column of your Twitter homepage.
  • Unfollowing & dealing with spam
    • One of the best things about Twitter is that you control what you see
    • If you don’t like what someone’s saying and don’t want to follow them any more click on the green ‘following’ button to ‘unfollow’
    • You can also block or report people you suspect of spamming you with unwanted messages by using the ‘cog’ button
  • Just start using it!
    • You might be a bit baffled by all this weird terminology
    • It took me about 3 months to get my head around twitter so don’t worry if you don’t quite ‘get’ it yet
    • The best thing to do is to start using it, try out retweeting, replying and messaging people
    • You’ll get the hang of it I promise!
  • End of part 3 (of 4)
    • View the other parts in the series at:
    • http://slideshare.net/bryonytaylor
    • Part 1 – Why should I join Twitter?
    • Part 2 – Creating your profile
    • Part 3 – Tweeting
    • Part 4 – Managing the flow of information on Twitter