Submitted by gwen on Saturday, November 3, 2012.
Other Apple Chat
hello. i was very glad to see the app on tweetlist, which i do use, but my use of twitter is very limited. all i do is follow various sites, such as applevis, southeastern guide dogs, serotek and others. i cannot wrap my head around the whole twitter thing. i don't get the concept of tweeting, retweeting, and some of the other functions discussed in the app. is there a really good book that anyone can recommend for getting the whole twitter thing down so it does not fly past me. thanks. maybe i am getting too old for this stuff!!!
I'd be surprised if there is enough about Twitter to fill a book, but you never know. Also the way people use Twitter changes so fast it would be hard for a book, even an ebook, to keep up. Here are some of the tips I have learned about the ways people are currently using Twitter.
- A mention is any time you put an at sign before a user name anywhere in a tweet.
- A reply, which is only visible to you, the person to whom you are replying, and to people following both of you, is any tweet that begins with @username. Replies are public and you can reply to anyone even if they don't follow you.
- A direct message or DM is a private message which only you and the person you send it to can see. The sender and recipient of a DM must both follow each other.
- A retweet is just forwarding a tweet to your followers. You can retweet just the tweet you received usually indicated by RT @username: or you can retweet with a comment often indicated by MT @username: for modified tweet.
- Hash tags are any word or phrase, with dashes not spaces, preceeded by a hash mark or number sign (#). Hash tags are used so that you can search for a topic and see all the tweets about that topic regardless of whether or not you follow the people tweeting.
- One of the newest habits I've seen is atributions with the caret (^) sign on accounts handled by multiple people. It is typically the initials of the person tweeting preceeded by ^ at the end of the tweet. For example ^TS.