What is Twitter? A micro-blogging service that enables its users to send & read other users’ updates in 140 characters or less. More Facts:
It has over 7 million users.
It’s an opportunity to learn from thought leaders.
Some of the most popular users include actors, singers, news sources and even the President!
“ Tweet” A single update that appears on the user’s homepage as well as on the feeds of their “followers”
Twitter Basics Replying (@): Direct Messaging (D@reply): Using Hashtags to organize tweets RT (ReTweet/ Forward) Follow Add links to your tweets @jackiemoboston I saw your presentation about Twitter – great job! To reply to someone’s “tweet”, type @ in front of their username (Or click on the arrow under the star on the message). ANYONE can see this tweet/message. D@jackiemoboston I'll see you at the movies at 8pm To send a PRIVATE, direct message that ONLY that user can see, put a D@ before your message #apple Will the new Apple tablet computer live up to the hype? (#descriptive group name) Add context to your tweets - Just put a # before keywords – use sparingly, check first if a group is set up RT @originalPoster The 5 Best Blog Tips http://is.gd/56f - these are great tips Retweet a message – forward along a Tweet to your followers Click the word Follow on someone’s profile to start following them Copy or type in your link - If it’s a long link it’s shortened for you ( tinyurl ) or you can shorten it on your own: bit.ly , or is.gd
Searching Twitter Using the search bar on the home page, you can search twitter for specific names, terms, topics, etc. The search engine then pulls up all the most recent tweets for all users worldwide that feature your selected term.