Are you familiar with the language of twitter?
Many people ask me what is a tweet, what are hashtags all about, and what does the “@” sign mean.
Are you confused with all the twitter jargon and need a little guide to refer to? Well look no further; I am going to share with you all of the twitter jargon you need to start becoming familiar with the online twitter world!
Twitter username – All users of twitter are given a twitter username which is sometimes referred to as a twitter handle or name. We can select our twitter username when we setup our twitter account initially. If someone asks you what is your twitter username, you can find your name as it begins with the “@” sign. All twitter usernames have the “@” sign before their name. i.e.: my twitter username is @zoe_cairns (feel free to come and follow me!).
Tweet – A tweet is a message we send on twitter. Tweets are 140 character messages and are seen by the people who follow us; who are interested in our tweets. Please remember that tweets are public unless you decide to protect your tweets which means only the people you accept to follow you will see these.
Twitter mention – When people include your name in a tweet with the “@”, you will be notified that you have been mentioned in a tweet. This is referred to as a twitter mention.
Retweet – When you see an interesting, informative, or fun tweet you can share this with all your followers to see. This is called a retweet. You hover over the tweet and there is a button with two arrows and once clicked it will then send out the tweet to all of the people following you.
Favourite – When you see something you would like to bookmark, a good testimonial about your product/services, or a great tweet, you can favourite it. You can do this by hovering over the tweet and clicking on the star icon below the tweet. When you do this it will save the tweet in your favourite tweets section.
Following – People of whom you would like to follow their tweets.
Followers – People who follow you to see your tweets.
Hashtags – You can streamline conversations regarding a topic, conversation, place, event and even a TV programme! These conversations are streamlined with a hashtag. Hashtags are used to enable a search in twitter to streamline a conversation about that particular topic. I.e.: If you were to type in #ZCSocialMedia in twitter you will see all the comments from people that have included the hashtag in their tweets. Look out for my future blog on hashtags and twitter chats to explain this in more detail!
Twitter Timeline – When you log into your twitter account, your twitter timeline is the page you will first come to. Your twitter timeline displays the tweets from all the people you decide to follow on twitter.
Twitter Lists – You can segment the people you follow in twitter into separate lists known as twitter lists. This helps to get rid of the noise from your twitter timeline. By streamlining your followers into lists it helps you become more strategic with your twitter experience.
When you add the people you are following to a twitter list you will only see their tweets when selecting that specific list.
Twitter DM – Direct Message – You can send a private message to your twitter follower/following but you have to be following each other in order to do this.
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