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  • 1. Basics
  • 2. What is ? A free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read brief messages.
  • 3. - Messages are known as “Tweets” - intended to answer the question “What are you doing?” - Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters long. - Users have a profile page where their Tweets are displayed. Basics
  • 4. More Basics...
    • Each user has their own subscribers known as “Followers” and each user can subscribe (“Follow”) other users.
    • Users have a home page where all of their Tweets and the Tweets of the users they Follow are displayed.
  • 5.
    • @ = Reply To/Mention
    • When replying to a user’s post, the replier would place the @ symbol before the user name of the person they are replying to.
    • When the @ symbol is used within the Tweet, this is a Mention.
    More Basics...
  • 6. More Basics...
    • RT = ReTweet
    • This could be found at the beginning of a status and would be followed with the original author’s post. It is used when a user is re-posting (ReTweeting) another user’s status.
    • Direct Message
    • When two users are following each other, they have the option to send a Direct Message. There is still a 140 character limit, but these messages are completely private - more like an email.
  • 7. Additional Capabilities - Tweeters can upload images and videos to 3rd party websites and put a link in their status that directs followers to view the media.
  • 8. Continued...
    • Users can customize their profile picture, background and color scheme.
    • Twitter tracks Tweet content and compiles “Trending Topics” that are searchable to see what people are tweeting about.
    • Often the # symbol is used to tag a word or phrase. This symbol makes the topic more searchable & encourages it to become a Trending Topic.
  • 9. Now Tweet Away...
    • In need of a friend? Follow our resident Mad-Man, Buzz Winkle, and never feel lonely again:
    • @Buzz_Winkle