• Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets
are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author's proﬁle page and delivered to the author's subscribers who
are known as followers.
• Twitter is just communication in a new shape, but it’s also a platform for listening to the communication of others in new ways.
• Though users can answer the prompt, “What are you doing?”, tweets have evolved to more than everyday experiences, and take the
shape of shared links to interesting content on the web, conversations around hot topics (using hashtags), photos, videos, music, and,
most importantly, real-time accounts from people who are in the midst of a newsworthy event, crisis, or natural disaster.
• The Twitter site's fundamental question is “what are you doing?” This can be, in its most simplistic form, a one or two word answer,
but when developed this is a tool that lends itself to developing understanding and potentially starting collaboration.
TWITTERSPEAK: NEED TO KNOW TERMS
• @ or Reply: a comment aimed at someone, or at least allows the user to take notice to the tweet you mentioned them in. This is also
• Retweeting is how Twitter users share interesting tweets from other people they may, or may not be following. Copy and paste the
original tweet and send it out. To give credit to the original person, users usually put “RT” or “Via” plus the originator’s username at the
beginning of the tweet.
• There is also a RT function that quickly Retweet’s a post from a user, but does not allow for commentary or added remarks to
your post. A more in depth look at how to use the new Retweet function - http://mashable.com/2009/11/21/retweets-how-to/
• Direct Messages/ or DM’s - A short private message sent between you and another twitter user. Still 140 characters. Difference is it’s
not seen in public.
• tweetup: when twitterers meet in person – a Twitter meet up.
• Trending Topics (TTs) - Trending Topics are a range of subjects which many users across Twitter are talking about simultaneously.
• Promoted Tweets - A single trending topic which a company or organization can pay to 'trend', as to gain attention and trafﬁc from
Twitter users worldwide.
• When searching for people/businesses you use their name not their user name. (e.g., Type in Makenzie; not KenzDawn to ﬁnd me).
• Take a look at friends’ friends to ﬁnd interested users to connect with.
• Find existing users from inputing your email address book.
• Searching for a topic: One way is to put in a keyword and every tweet being posted containing that word will come up. Another
way is to search for conversations or speciﬁc topics using a #hashtag (e.g., #jourchat). Save favorite tweets, or searches to easily
come back to them.
• Lists are a way to organize twitter users into categories. When you add someone to a list you can return to that list and it will show
a news feed for everyone you’ve added.
Proﬁle Interface Bio and info about who the user is.
Shows how many tweets you’ve
made, who you are following, who
is following you, and the lists you
are listed under.
Your activity stream. Every
tweet you’ve made. This is very
similar to what others see when
they look at your proﬁle.
Home Interface Enter your 140
character The last update you sent.
This interactive row
your tweets that
latest searches, and
your twitter lists.
people to follow.
Twitter news feed
that produces all Trends on Twitter.
the posts from
the people you
Example of a tweet being sent out with a link
and acknowledgement of the source, who is
RWW (Read Write Web).
Number shows how many characters you have left out of your 140.
Example of a
Original tweet sent by me.
Alexandra saw the message and sent
me a reply thus starting the
These are the users mentioned in
the tweet above. This also means
they will be updated that this tweet
Example of a chat using a #hashtag
A continuation of dialogue with other users
using the hashtag #wjchat in their tweets.
• Mashable’s Twitter Guidebook - http://mashable.com/guidebook/twitter/
• Mashable: Twitter related news - http://mashable.com/social-media/twitter/
• How to gain twitter inﬂuence - http://mashable.com/2010/11/02/how-to-gain-twitter-inﬂuence/
• How to use twitter hashtags for business - http://mashable.com/2009/09/04/twitter-hashtags-business/
• Twitter on Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter
• Video: How to use twitter - http://www.howcast.com/videos/149055-How-To-Use-Twitter