Quick Facts: Twitter


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A quick guide to Twitter that includes a few nice-to-know facts for the new tweeter.

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  • Quick Facts: Twitter

    1. 1. Quick Facts<br />A few nice-to-know facts for the new tweeter.<br />www.twitter.com<br />
    2. 2. Retweet (RT)<br />The retweet feature serves 2 important functions.<br />It allows you to post another user’s tweet to your followers.<br />It makes sure that you give the original tweeter credit for their post.<br />There are 2 ways to retweet.<br />Click the retweet button on the original tweet, as seen below.<br />Add ‘RT @’ with the user’s Twitter name to your post.<br />
    3. 3. The ‘@’ symbol<br />The ‘@’ symbol allows you to publicly mention, or reply to a specific tweeter. <br />i.e. I’ve found a great link on green living and I know that @DanielSpacher is very interested in green living. If I mention him, he is sure to see the article.<br />For more details on @ replies see: http://help.twitter.com/entries/14023-what-are-replies-and-mentions<br />
    4. 4. Direct Messages (DM)<br />What is a DM?<br />A direct message, or DM, is a private twitter message of 140 characters or less. If you send a DM to a friend, he or she is the only one who will be able to see it. <br />There are 2 easy ways to send a DM.<br />2 Ways to send a DM<br />Click on the “Direct Message” button on the sidebar of the user’s profile.<br />D + @username + message in the tweet box.<br />
    5. 5. Hashtags (The ‘#’ symbol)<br />Hashtags (#) help to categorize tweets. You can add a hashtag to any tweet.<br />i.e. #ROC (The hashtag commonly used for Rochester, NY)<br />When someone searches for that hashtag, they will see your tweet. <br />i.e.  By adding #ROC to your tweet, it will show up in a common stream with other tweets that are tagged #ROC.<br />sdd<br />For more details on hashtags (#) see: http://help.twitter.com/entries/49309-what-are-hashtags-the-symbol<br />
    6. 6. Twitter Lists<br />Twitter lists allow you to organize your followers into groups. <br />The lists that you follow show up in your sidebar (see image).<br />You can create a list by clicking on the “New list” button.<br />For more info on Twitter lists see: http://help.twitter.com/entries/76460-twitter-lists<br />Lists appear in your sidebar<br />
    7. 7. Shortening URLs<br />Twitter does not permit you to post messages of over 140 characters. What happens when you want to post a link to an article with this URL? <br />http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/05/zoo-sells-lions-to-african-trophy-hunting-park.php?campaign=th_rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+treehuggersite+%28Treehugger%29&utm_content=Google+Reader<br />You can use a URL shortener such as Bit.ly (www.bitly.com). Type your long URL into the box and click shorten. Then you can copy and paste the shortened URL into your tweet.<br />
    8. 8. #FF<br />#FF stands for “Follow Friday.” On Fridays, you can post a tweet that suggests people to follow. This is a way to help your favorite tweeters gain more followers.<br />If you #FF people, chances are others will #FF you. <br />Be sure to place the @ symbol before the username so that it will link to the user’s profile.<br />For more details on #FF see: http://mashable.com/followfri/<br />
    9. 9. This slideshow was created by Corey Condello, graduate student at the iSchool at Syracuse University.Follow Corey on Twitter: @coreycondello<br />See you on Twitter!<br />www.twitter.com<br />