Or “What’s that flashing?”
So there’s a lot of blog posts out there about how to use Twitter to your advantage, and they use a lot of fancy words like “Viral Marketing”, “Hash Tags”, and for some reason, everything has an “@” symbol in front of it. What’s that all about? Well, that’s what I’m here to tell you!
First, let’s go over some basic terms for using Twitter.
The Username is how Twitter users are identified. You have a username and so does everyone else, and it’s one of several ways people can search for your Twitter account. When choosing a username it’s important to think about the purpose of your twitter account. For example, I have several Twitter accounts for different things, such as @arkwulf(My personal account) and @AWSnetwork(The account for Arkangel Wulf Studios and AWS Creative).
The Twitter Feed is the meat of the Twitter experience. Whenever you post a “tweet”, you’re posting it to your Twitter Feed. Likewise, when you’re viewing everyone else’s posted tweets, that is also called a Twitter Feed. Another term for this is Timeline.
Following someone on Twitter is similar to adding a friend on Facebook. Now all of their updates will be posted to the Twitter Feed on your Twitter homepage. In turn, you will also be followed by people who wish to view all of your posts in their Twitter Feed.
Here’s where it starts to get a little more complicated. @Replies(pronounced at-replies) are one of the more intimate ways to have a conversation through Twitter. By placing the “@” symbol as well as the desired Username, you can specifically send a tweet to anyone on Twitter. This allows you to respond directly to another user’s tweet, and they’ll be notified of your response, allowing them to @reply back to you! But be warned, everything you say in an @reply is 100% viewable by the public, so keep private conversations for the next method…
Direct Messages are a more private form of communication on Twitter. You can only send Direct Messages(or DM’s) to people you are following that also follow you. This is kind of like sending an email to your friends through Twitter. All of the same rules still apply. You’re restricted to 140 characters, and it appears in their timeline, but nobody but the two involved parties will see it. You do this by placing a “d” and then a space in front of the desired Username.
A ReTweet is when you want to share something you saw tweeted with everyone else who follows you. There’s no formal way of ReTweeting really, but it can be accomplished through twitter.com by clicking Retweet under the post.
Hash Tags are a great way of categorizing your tweets for specific groups of Users on Twitter. To use a Hash Tag, simply place a #(Number) symbol before a word in your tweet. Keep in mind that it needs to be all one word for the tag to recognize it. For example, if I wanted everyone who likes Star Wars to see one of my tweets, I would place #StarWars somewhere in the tweet.
Nobody is quite sure what RSS stands for, but most people commonly understand it to mean Really Simple Syndication. That’s just a fancy way of saying that it’s a way of putting information out on the internet that can be ready by a number of programs and applications. Most blogs and social network apps run off of RSS feeds, and it’s a great way to share info from one platform to another.
Widgets are small applications that run on websites. In reference to Twitter, there are several widgets that you can find out there to add your Twitter Feed to your website, whether it be static HTML, WordPress or Blogger.
App is short for Application. If you’ve spent any time on Facebook or any of Apple’s products, you know this term pretty well. There are a number of Twitter Apps that allow you to use Twitter on your phone, or computer, without having to go to twitter.com.