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The Beginner‟s Guide to Twitter Language NewsFeed

The central river of news coming through the Twittersphere, made up of tweets from the users that you are Following.


Looking in: These are Twitter users who are following your updates, which will appear in their NewsFeed.


Looking out: These are the users that you are following yourself, and will see in your main NewsFeed.


You have just 140 characters to write a tweet. Make the most of your tweets by using short versions of words, + or & signs instead of ‘and’ only the most essential words you need


When another user replies to your tweet, they’ll use an @reply which always starts with your username e.g. @PavillionM first, followed by their message.


When another user mentions your name in a tweet, and can be found in your mentions tab. This could also be a reply, e.g. “@PavillionM have a good weekend” or simply within something they’ve written, e.g. “Spent the day with @PavillionM for social media training”


Also known as an RT. This is simply a repetition/recycle of someone else’s tweet. You can Retweet other users tweets, or they might RT yours! Simply use the ‘Retweet’ function within the Twitter interface or, if you are using a Twitter client such as Tweetdeck, there’s a Retweet button here too.


Direct Message or DM – a little like Twitter email. These are private messages sent through the Twitter site between two users. You only have 140 characters to play with, so you might want to transfer the conversation onto email or telephone. No other users can see these messages. TIP: You‟ll always get an email to your registered Twitter email address when someone sends you a DM.


Lists are groups of Twitter users sectioned into a category. This can be classified in any way. You can set up a list yourself, or other users may include you in a list that they have created. You can set up as many lists as you want. TIP: use a list to give other users a „pat on the back‟ and recognition – to be included on a list is dishing out Twitter kudos.


You can keep your favourite tweets in a neat list. Just click to add the star to them through the Twitter interface. Others can see your favourites too.


The ‘#’ is a great way to pull together tweets from across Twitter on the same topic. Sometimes used for comedy effect, eg: “Struggling to wake up today #cupofcoffee” . Also use them to refer to a topic of interest, e.g. #socialmedia #pr #marketing. To use, just simply type your tag on the end of your tweet. You don’t have to ‘create’ a hashtag, you just write it – and hey presto! To view the tweets related to a hashtag, either click on it within an existing tweet or run a Search.


#ff or Follow Friday is a Twitter tradition. It’s hashtag used every Friday by many Tweeps. Users take part in this mass light hearted ‘recommendation’ activity. It’s simply a way for users to suggest other users to follow to their audience. For example, “For a social media workshop try @PavillionM #ff” By tagging the #ff hashtag onto the end of this tweet, the user is highlighting this tweet for the Follow Friday activity.

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The Beginner's Guide to Twitter Language  

A jargon-busting cribsheet of the common functions and lingo used on social network and microblog, Twitter