Don’t know your Tweetdeck from your Hootsuite? Confused about @signs, #Hashtags and Direct Messages? It’s time to get back to basics.
First things First, Twitter is a great tool to use as part of any social media strategy but it’s sometimes difficult to get started with all the twitter jargon, twitter slang and twitter acronyms flying about.
The great thing about Twitter is that it allows you to carry out actions quickly by using some simple shorthand codes. These are particularly useful if you would like to maximise your time or use your mobile phone to tweet.
So let’s get started, here are some basic codes you should know if you want to get off to a good start with twitter.
The @ Sign
The @symbol is typically used when you want to reference another twitter user or if you want to say something directly to someone. Unlike many of the other shorthand codes used on Twitter there should be no space between the @sign and a username e.g.
@bethhewitt80 thanks for the great tips
When using the @sign, twitter will ensure that the message shows up in their mentions tab.
D = Direct Message
If you want to send a message to someone but don’t want anyone else to see it, or perhaps it just isn’t relevant to anyone else. You can send a person a direct message e.g.
D bethhewitt80 do you know you have two odd shoes on today?
A word of advice! Never send anything highly personal or sensitive in a direct message. Whilst you might intend for it to go only to the specific user, Twitter is so fast paced that a tiny omission or spelling mistake could mean your secret message gets broadcast to all of your followers OOPS!
You might also want to find out if someone checks their direct messages regularly. Personally I tend to not spend too much time in my direct message inbox. If you want someone urgently try traditional e-mail or even picking up the phone!
It is however, possible that some people have direct messages sent straight to their mobile phones. This is a great tool for people always on the move.
RT = Retweet
If you read a tweet that you think your followers will also like you can Retweet it to your followers. To do this all you have to do is add RT to the start of the message. E.g.
RT @bethhewitt80 thanks for the great tips
# = Hashtags
A hashtag is a way to delineate a keyword so that other users can easily see discussion, topic and events relating to that keyword.
Some common hashtag keywords include: #followfriday, #tribetuesday #whois #wishlist
Hashtags make it easier to filter tweets by specific topic. You can also follow specific hashtags inside tweetdeck so that you can see what other people are saying about a particular #hashtag.
Hashtags although quite quirky are extremely useful and allow you to measure the performance of certain events, topics and trends. They are also easy for others to search, find and share.
You can easily search tweets and conversations about your hashtag by going to www.search.twitter.com Sometimes hashtags become so popular that they will stick around whilst others are temporary and denote to a particular event.
I hope you found this post useful. More twitter tutorials coming soon…from how to set up your twitter account, twitter dos and don’ts and must have twitter tools. I am always looking for suggestions on future posts and videos so please leave your suggestions below. Not just Twitter but anything social media.
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Yours in Success,
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