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Twitter TutorialsBy Jay-NguyenFollow Me @phongv
Contents1 What is Twitter?2 Twitter & Seadev3 Key Twitter Jargon4 Q&A
1 What is Twitter?Twitter is an online social networking service andmicroblogging service that enables its users to sendand read text-based posts of up to 140characters, known as "tweets".It was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey andlaunched that July.The service rapidly gained worldwide popularity, withover 140 million active users as of 2012, generatingover 340 millions tweets daily and handling over 1.6billion search queries per day.
3 Key Twitter Jargona. Tweet: A ‘Tweet’ is your 140 character message you send.b. Your Timeline: This is your Twitter homepage, it shows you all of the messages (Tweets) from the people you have decided to follow with the most recent first.
c. Follow: If you are interestedin reading someone’s ‘Tweets’,you ‘follow’ them and then theirupdates appear in your timeline.d. Followed: This is the amountof people that have chosen tosee your ‘Tweets’ in theirtimeline.
e. @ reply: Originally on Twitter there was no way tosend a message to anyone, but after a short while it wasobvious that people wanted to be able to reply tointeresting ‘Tweets’ they had seen so the @ reply wasintroduced. You use the @ sign followed by the Twitterusername of the person you want to reply to. This is apublic reply and appears in the users timeline even ifthey don’t follow you. (@replies are also known as@messages or @mentions)
f. RT (Retweets): ‘Retweeting’ is simply the act ofreposting someone else’s interesting ‘Tweet’ – if youhave found it interesting then it is likely your followers willfind it interesting too.
g. shorturl:With only 140 characters to say your piece, if you want toadd a link into the mix, it can sometimes mean you onlyhave a couple of words remaining to explain it. A short URLis where an extended URL like:http://www.fusingcreativity.com/marketing-services/coaching/ becomes: http://fusing.so/kiGPZZ Both point to the same webpage but the latter hassignificantly less characters. I use a service calledwww.bit.ly with a personal shortening domain(www.fusing.so) but using their domain is just as good.
h. # Hash tags: are used to add context to your‘Tweet’ within a theme or event for example. Youmay use #wimbledon if talking about Wimbledon or#miltonkeynes if your tweet is relevant to theMilton Keynes area. Using hash tags is importantas people use these as search terms and it meansthat your tweet will appear in more than just yourfollowers timelines.
i. DM Direct Message: Apersonal message sent to you orfrom you to another user. Onlythe sender and receiver can seethis message but it still has therestrictions of 140 characters.You can only send a ‘DM’ tousers that are following you. Alsoknown as a Direct Tweet.
References1. twodegreesmarketing.com (2012). ‘SocialMedia Terminology’, Two Degrees Marketing[Online]. Available at:http://www.twodegreesmarketing.com/resources/social-media-information/