Twitter is an online social networking platform that allows users to send free text- based messages that are no longer than 140-characters to other users. There are many reasons for using Twitter such as promoting yourself, your work, your business or just for socializing. Twitter can be used by anyone. It is an effective tool for connecting with the masses and for growing your social circles. Whatever your reason for using Twitter it is good to know the basics of tweeting.
Here is a look at tweeting:
What is a tweet?
A tweet is a message that can be no longer than 140 characters, which means users may need to be clever with their messages. Abbreviations can be used in order to fit a message into the letter count. Once the tweet is compiled, it can be sent to your network of followers. This allows everyone on your following list to view your tweet on their timeline. This may not always be read by everyone on your timeline, as there are a fair few tweets being sent at the same time by other users. To grab the attention of others make your tweet interesting.
On your own timeline you will be able to view tweets in real time from your contacts on your following list. This is why it is important to follow the people that you are interested in keeping up with. You can easily scroll down the page to read the recent tweets that are on your timeline. You can decide to retweet, reply, add to a list of favorites or just simply read the tweet. It isn’t always necessary to reply, as the tweet may just be an update or a one way message that doesn’t require a response.
The hashtag symbol (#) is used in front of a keyword that can help others find a topic of interest. People searching for that word can easily come across your tweet. This allows information to be organized and allows for topics to generate interest and become a trending word for a certain amount of time. Hashtags allow important words to be highlighted to generate more interest with your tweet. One point to remember is to not overdo it with hashtags as your tweets may dissuade interest from others.
What to and not to tweet
You may want to consider that everything you tweet is going out to a wide audience. Anyone on twitter can view your tweets, which is why common sense is needed. Only tweet what you’d be happy for family and important people such as future bosses or your current boss to read. It is likely that your tweet is read by someone of importance. You wouldn’t want to jeopardize yourself or put yourself in an awkward situation. What you choose to tweet about is down to personal choice; just make sure you are wise about what you say.
You may see the use of abbreviations, some of which are common and only found on twitter. Abbreviations include DM meaning direct message, this in essence is a private message that only you can read. RT stands for retweet, which is where another user has retweeted a tweet from another user. Another common abbreviation you may come across is FF which means Follow Friday. This is an abbreviation used before a list of users that you wish to publicize to others on Twitter as good users to follow.
Tweets are a great way to stay in touch with others in real time, keep up-to-date with goings-on and to share news and broadcasts with your connections. Tweets are kept short and sweet to allow users to get a lot of information in a concise and quick way. This makes it possible to glean information and give information quickly and reach a wide audience. This can be handy for many reasons, which is what makes twitter a popular networking tool for a variety of users.