101Adam @Besvinick
The Basics• Pick a good “handle” or at least have your full name    attached to it, so people can find you•   Don’t be pri...
Retweets, @ Replies, and Direct Messages• A retweet (RT) is when you manually type “RT @username: [tweet]” or press the re...
@ Mentions and Hashtags• @ mentions are simply when you type “@username” anywhere besides the beginning of a tweet  • All ...
RT with Comment and Modified Tweet• Sometimes you might want to comment on someone’s tweet and do more than just reply  • ...
Other Acronyms Worth Knowing• +1 – usually used before a RT or MT to endorse what comes    afterward•   FB - Facebook•   #...
What to Tweet About (and Not Tweet About)• Commentary on live events• Links and news stories (adding a comment is helpful ...
Linking Twitter to Other Services• You can connect Twitter to Facebook or LinkedIn to push your tweets to those websites  ...
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Twitter 101

  1. 1. 101Adam @Besvinick
  2. 2. The Basics• Pick a good “handle” or at least have your full name attached to it, so people can find you• Don’t be private• Include a photo• Type some sort of bio – let people know who you are and what you’re likely to tweet about• Follow people, companies, and news sources that provide info you care about • Use Twitter’s search function, look at whom your friends follow, or discover people organically• Download a mobile app (Twitter has one, but I recommend Tweetbot for iPhone)
  3. 3. Retweets, @ Replies, and Direct Messages• A retweet (RT) is when you manually type “RT @username: [tweet]” or press the retweet button on the website or in the app • Sent to everyone you follow who don’t follow the person you just retweeted• @ replies are when you reply directly to a tweet from someone else and begin your tweet with “@username” • Seen only by your followers who follow both you and the person you are replying to • Can make all your followers see the tweet by starting it as “.@username”• Direct messages (DMs) are private messages through Twitter • You can only send a DM to someone who follows you
  4. 4. @ Mentions and Hashtags• @ mentions are simply when you type “@username” anywhere besides the beginning of a tweet • All your followers will see the tweet, and provided you’re not private, the person you mention will be able to see the tweet even if he/she doesn’t follow you• Hashtags are words or phrases that begin with # • They began as a way to make tweets more easily searchable, but now people use them more frequently with less of a reason • Lots of events have hashtags associated with them • Allows for words or phrases to become a “trending topic”
  5. 5. RT with Comment and Modified Tweet• Sometimes you might want to comment on someone’s tweet and do more than just reply • You can retweet with a comment, such as: “+1, some of these are really fantastic RT @Loh: #removeoneletterfilm is the best Twitter meme Ive seen in a while.”• If you need to change the tweet (but not the meaning or message of it), it is often “polite” to type “MT” or modified tweet • “wow that was quick- bet Highlight wishes they were acqd MT@TechCrunch: Fbook Buys Location-Based Discovery App Glancee http://t.co/5RXWVXuj”
  6. 6. Other Acronyms Worth Knowing• +1 – usually used before a RT or MT to endorse what comes afterward• FB - Facebook• #FF – Follow Friday (endorsing people for your followers to follow)• HT (@username) – Hat tip / heard through (give someone credit for what you’re tweeting)• ICYMI – in case you missed it• IMO – in my opinion• IRL – in real life• LI – LinkedIn• OH – overheard• Via (@username) – give someone credit for what you’re tweeting
  7. 7. What to Tweet About (and Not Tweet About)• Commentary on live events• Links and news stories (adding a comment is helpful and better)• Sharing photos or videos that you take through Instagram or another service• General observations• Don’t give a play-by-play of what you’re doing• Don’t push numerous foursquare updates to your Twitter feed• Don’t share things you don’t want to be seen by potentially thousands of people
  8. 8. Linking Twitter to Other Services• You can connect Twitter to Facebook or LinkedIn to push your tweets to those websites • Can also type #fb or #li at the end of a tweet to selectively push tweets• Can connect foursquare, Path, Instagram, Pinterest, and other services to Twitter so that you can selectively share content with your followers
  9. 9. Q&A

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