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Timeline A timeline is a Twitter term used to describe a collected stream of Tweets listed in real-time order. This brief article explains a little more about where you see timelines on your Twitter account
What does it mean to followsomeone on Twitter? Following someone simply means receiving their Twitter updates. When you follow someone, every time they post a new message, it will appear on your Twitter home page. New messages are added to your home page as people post them, so you always get the updates in real time.
TweetA message of 140 characters or less
Normal TweetAny message with fewer than 140 charactersposted to Twitter. Where it appears for the sender: On the senders profile page and Tweets timeline. Where it appears for the recipient: In the Tweets timeline view of anyone who is following the sender. Places it will never appear: On anyone elses profile page, unless they re-tweeted the message.
MentionsA Tweet containing another users Twitter username,preceded by the "@" symbol, like this:Hello @NeonGolden! Whats up? Where it appears for the sender: On the senders profile page of public Tweets. Where it appears for the recipient: In the recipients Mentions and Interactions tabs (found under Connect), which is accessible only by them. Additionally, mentions will appear in the recipients Tweets timeline view (not on their profile) if they are following the sender. Note: Anyone on Twitter who is following the sender of a mention will see the Tweet in their home timeline. Places it will never appear: On anyones profile page, unless they wrote the message.
@Replies:A Tweet that begins with another users username and is inreply to one of their Tweets, like this:@NeonGolden I cant believe you thought that movie wascheesy - I loved it! Where it appears for the sender: On the senders Profile page. Where it appears for the recipient: In the recipients Mentions and Interactions tabs (found under Connect). Like mentions, @replies will also appear in the recipients Tweets timeline view if they are following the sender. Anyone following the sender and the recipient of an @reply will see it in their Tweets timeline. Places it will never appear: On anyones profile page, unless they wrote/sent the message.
@dashkoun Dinner is in the oven. dashkounsdarine
Where do peoples @repliesappear for other users? Ifyoure not the sender or recipient of an @reply, will you ever see the message on Twitter?The answer is YES! Users will see @replies intheir Tweets timeline if they are followingboth the sender and recipient of theupdate.Otherwise, they wont see the @reply unlessyou visit the senders Profile page.
Direct messagesA personal message sent directly to someone whofollows you. Where it appears for the sender: In the senders Direct messages (accessible by clicking on the person icon). A DM (direct message) will disappear if the recipient deletes it. Where it appears for the recipient: In the recipients Direct messages. Will disappear if the sender deletes it. Places it will never appear: In any public timeline or public search even if hashtags or mentions are used.
D mhijazi My assistant is driving me crazy! mhijazisdarine
Retweeting (RT)A Retweet is a re-posting of someone elses Tweet. Twitters Retweet feature helps you and others quickly share that Tweet with all of your followers.
Retweeting (RT) Retweets in all timelines and profiles are distinguished by the Retweet icon followed by the name of the user who retweeted the Tweet. To credit a Tweets author, Retweets show the profile picture, user name, and Tweet of the original author, with "Retweeted by" information appended at the bottom of the Tweet (shown below). If you see a message from a stranger in your timeline, look for the Retweet icon – the retweeter should be someone you follow.
There are 2 ways to re-tweet:1. Re-tweet something 2. Click the ‘re-tweet’ link toby someone else by the bottom right of the tweetputting the letters RT and@ in front of theirusername before copyingtheir tweetExample:I love this song RT@weam_a: hit me babyone more time
Retweeting (RT) If you or someone you follow has protected their Tweets, other users will not be able to retweet them.
Favorite Tweets Favorites,represented by a small star icon next to a Tweet, are most commonly used when users like a Tweet. Favoriting a Tweet can let the original poster know that you liked their Tweet, or you can save the Tweet for later.
Where can I see my FavoriteTweets? Clickon Favorites in the left hand column, you will see a scrolling list of Tweets youve favorited
Interactions Tab This tab offers a simple way to see whats happening on Twitter in relation to you (it used to be called @username in the previous version of Twitter). You’ll be able to see which of your Tweets are favorites, plus the latest retweets (of your Tweets), Tweets directed to you (@replies and mentions), and your new Followers.
Activity Tab The Activity tab is found on the Discover page. It provides a rich new source of discovery by highlighting the latest favorites, retweets, and follows from the people you follow on Twitter – all in one place. It’s easier than ever to explore Twitter, connect with people, and discover what’s happening around the world.
Adding photos to tweets1. Begin typing a new Tweet.2. Click on the camera icon.3. Locate the image you want to upload on your computer when prompted.4. After you select your image, your Tweet box should look like the one pictured below. Youll see the image thumbnail and the camera icon highlighted in blue.5. Your character count will update to account for the images shortened URL. Finish your Tweet and click "Tweet."6. If you selected the wrong image or no longer wish to share that image, just click the “x” control in the thumbnail or next to the filename to delete the current image.
Adding links to tweets1. Type or paste a long URL into the Tweet box on Twitter.com.2. As you begin entering a URL, a message will appear at the bottom of the Tweet box, letting you know that the link will appear shortened. Any length of URL will be altered to 19 characters. Your character count will reflect this.3. Click "Tweet" to post your message and URL.
HashtagsIt’s not that confusing
# symbol The# symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.
Hashtags: Helping you findinteresting Tweets People use the hashtag symbol # before relevant keywords in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets to show more easily in Twitter Search Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets in that category Hashtags can occur anywhere in the Tweet Hashtagged words that become very popular are often Trending Topics
Using hashtags Ifyou Tweet with a hashtag on a public account, anyone who does a search for that hashtag may find your Tweet Dont #spam #with #hashtags. Dont over- tag a single Tweet. (Best practices recommend using no more than 3 hashtags per Tweet.) Use hashtags only on Tweets relevant to the topic
Twitter Search Searchfor Tweets containing a keyword or hashtag
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What is #FF? #FF is a hashtag for “Follow Friday” and is a twitter tradition whereby every Friday, tweeps recommend others that are interesting for their followers to check out. It’s a good way to get introduced to other tweeps and to also share your appreciation for the people you follow. Here is an example:Example:#FF @pearlowa because she’s makes awesome scrambledeggs!#FF @mhijazi @sdarine @dashkoun @reemitani @mishoricha@AUB_OC @yasminehajjar @abaretruth
What is +1? Sometimes tweeps retweet something with a +1 (or + whatever digit) before it to show their approval of what is being said.Example:+100 RT @mhijazi Smoking should be bannedin all public places in #Lebanon!
Twitter Lists Lists compile similar tweeps together so that you can see a timeline of all their tweets on the same page. You can add multiple tweeps to a list and you will be added to lists too. Create a list for online nurses!
Protected Tweets Ifyou’re worried about your tweets being exposed publicly, you can opt for privacy (protected tweets) in your settings. That way people need to request to follow you before they can see your profile and tweets.
Trending Topics Topics that are being most tweeted about at that moment in time.
How many Lebanese are ontwitter? I’mnot sure. There are many who live here and many who are abroad. I would estimate at least 5,000 active tweeps and maybe a 10-12 thousand if you include the ones who are rarely active. But the community’s growing every day.
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Is everyone friendly on twitter? No,just like in your offline life. Most people are very polite and friendly, but you will bump into a few bullies. Unfollow people who annoy you and if it gets to a point of harassment, you can block them from accessing your profile.
What’s a tweetup? Twitter meetups, or Tweetups as they’re commonly called, are pretty much popular these days. You can’t escape them. The @ nametags. The random awkward conversations that result when you have more than 140 characters to express yourself. Tweetups take an otherwise great service like Twitter and turn it into something much bigger. Why? Because you are able to gather with online friends, meet new contacts to enhance your career, and enjoy your time.
Choose Your ToolsPick your tools – you can tweet fromthe web, your phone, or from anynumber of Twitter apps- Twitter for iPad- TweetDeck http://tweetdeck.com- Hootsuite http://hootsuite.com/