Incase you can comprehend the title
a) you are a killer cryptographer \m/ (or)
b) you are one among the millions who use twitter!
I dedicate to this “twspecial twost” to many of my not-so-twitsavvy pals who I think should use Twitter ,which is without a doubt the best way to share and discover what is happening right now.Well..This is just a nice way of saying “I’m fed up of explaining twitter on our private chats”,with all due respect my dear friends 😀
To begin with.. Twitter is analogous to almost all social networks – facebook,flickr,youtube,digg et al.,. Simply put, its a place to shout out what’s on your mind,what you think of the state-of-affairs,what’s going on in your life,what you’re eating at the moment 😛 (@having),what you are reading,an interesting weblink you just clicked,what song you’re listening to,whether is laundry day or if you are bungee jumping or parasailing …. Guess you get the point!
The thing that makes twitter unique is the 140 character limit imposed on every tweet(your message) that you send.
>>Dufus : This is my first tweet.Its supposed to be interesting. link
08:30 PM Sep 13th from web
If someone (Simp) finds your tweet useful (incase you send out an interesting link/ info ) they can “retweet” (RT) yours.
>>Simp : RT @Dufus : This is my first tweet.Its supposed to be interesting. link
08:35 PM Sep 13th from Twhirl in reply to Dufus
On your public timeline(wat u see after u login) you see all the tweets sent by the people who you follow(friends / your fellow tweeps).
In case you wanna answer to one of ur friends you simply hit the reply button & type the reply.
>>Simp: @Dufus Wow that was damn interesting!
08:537PM Sep 13th from Twhirl in reply to Dufus
This implies that only dufus gets to see the message,simp sent (and those who follow both dufus & you-your mutual friends) Using @ helps people who are mentioned to keep track of tweets where they’re mentioned!Its good to mention ppl using their handles(twitter names) when referencing them in tweets.
>>Dufus: Hello @nitwit @macho @nerdy Come over to my house party #tweetdown
09:35 PM Sep 13th from Tweetdeck
However this is visible to all your friends(if there’s even a space /any character(s) before the @ )
Coming to the # tag…This is used in the searching of tweets containing the word after the #. Simply put..you can track all the proceedings of a meet from ALL users(not only ur friends) if they don’t fail to include the # tag in their every tweet regarding the meet/watsoever!
Incase you wanna say something more personal..Use the direct message option,None but the receiver will know.
Here’s a compilation of answers to #whatistwitter ?, by some of the @people I know on the best microblogging service 😀
The red jots – my best effort to highlight some of the features.
And my answer to this #whatistwitter is this :- Its a repository of information..since you share everything here,which makes it my shared notes,newsfeeds,foxmarks,public chat,poll daddy..More than all this its a place for like minded individuals to network,find friends & reach wide.
Twitter is not only popular among business people,moms,IT pros,bloggers,..But also among many many celebrities…Some of those who I follow are ShashiTharoor,Chetan_Bhagat,mileycyrus,bdutt..! It is quite an excellent way to interact with people who you normally can’t imagine having a conversation with..Although it isn’t normal for all celebs to reply to all tweets directed to them…there ARE celebs who reply sometimes \m/Watch this amazing slideshow …
Twitter Guidelines to Live By
The Twitterverse doesn’t have many rules, but there is such a thing as Twitter etiquette. Writing tweets of 140 characters or less isn’t the only guideline. Your experience on Twitter will be a positive one if you keep the following tips in mind:
- Say what you think and are doing.
- In general, try to keep tweets longer than one word so that your followers can understand you.
- Listen to what your Twitter friends are saying.
- Respond to Twitter friends when you can add value to the conversation.
- Update your status at least once a day.
- Fill in your profile and biography so that other people can know more about you.
What NOT to Do on Twitter
Twitter etiquette isn’t only about what you should do. Unfortunately, bad tweets and poor Twitter practices sometimes show up within microblogging communications. While you can’t really go horribly wrong on Twitter, you’ll make your life easier in the Twitterverse if you follow these guidelines:
- When you first sign up and before you start regularly tweeting, don’t follow hundreds of people. If you follow someone, he checks out your profile to see whether he might want to follow you back; if he sees that you’ve tweeted once or twice and you’re following hundreds of people, he may think you’re just a spam account.Start out slowly, following people you know and who know you. Then, as you start tweeting regularly, follow more people based on your interests.
- Avoid using punctuation in your username. Typing punctuation on mobile devices is difficult.
- Don’t share information that you might regret making public.
- Don’t think Twitter success has anything to do with your Followers count.
You can get news & updates on ur twitter too!Well,Now that you are all set to tweet about,first thing you need to do- Get a twitter handle(username) that is not too long..(Helps durin RTs)I didn’t realise the goodness of the short handle,when I started out…So am passing on my twitdom for your benefit.Come join me on twitter .I am @gracelynefdo there!
Incase you need any more help do shoot em!Hope this’d help you begin your,
[Credits: What NOT to Do on Twitter,Twitter Guidelines to Live By sections written by Laura Fitton, Michael Gruen]
PS: Do leave yout twitter URLs in the comment section..You probably will get some traffic from here
// EDIT : Watch this super awesome funny video on Twitter 😛 LOL!!