Twitter


What is Twitter? I have a Twitter account but I never really use it and I don’t really know much about it. Here are a couple of things that I’ve learned about it, not from experience but just from research on the twitter website. You can have at most one Twitter handle (username) per email address. You can change your Twitter handle if you want.

What is Twitter?

Twitter is an online social networking service that connects people by enabling users to send and read Tweets which may contain photos, videos, links and up to 140 characters of text. Registered users can read and post tweets, but unregistered users can only read them. Registered user’s messages are posted to their profile, sent to their followers, and are searchable on Twitter search. Users access Twitter through the website interface, SMS, or mobile device app.

What does it mean to follow someone on Twitter?

Following someone means you’ve chosen to subscribe to their Twitter updates. When you follow someone, every time they post a new message, it will appear on your Twitter home page. To start following, click the Follow button next to the user name or on their profile page to see their Tweets as soon as they post something new. Anyone on Twitter can follow or unfollow anyone else at any time, with the exception of blocked accounts.

How do I know who is following me?

Twitter sends you an email when someone new follows you. Set up your email preferences to notify you when you have a new follower. The ‘Followers’ link on your profile page or home page’s sidebar will also tell you who is following you.

What is a twitter handle?

Your twitter handle is your twitter name or username. The name that you respond to when tweeting someone and people identify you as. It has the @ sign in front of it,

Who reads my updates?

Your followers read your Tweets. If your Tweets are public, anyone who runs a search for a keyword in your Tweet may be able to see that message. Your Tweets are public by default; if you’re hesitant to have people you may not know read your updates, protect your Tweets to approve followers and keep your updates out of search.

What are replies?

If a message begins with @username, meaning it was directed to another user, it is a reply. Click the Reply button on another person’s Tweet to reply to it. Please note that if your Tweets are protected, users who are not following you will not see your replies or mentions.

What are Direct Messages?

Direct Messages are private messages sent from one Twitter user to other Twitter users; they do not appear in public for anyone else to read. You can start a conversation with anyone who follows you.

What is the difference between a reply and a Direct Message?

A reply is a public message sent regardless of follow-ship. Anyone can view it (if your Tweets are public). A Direct Message is a private message, and can only be seen by the sender and intended recipients.

What’s a Retweet (RT)?

A Retweet is a Tweet that you forward to your followers.

Can I edit a Tweet once I’ve posted it?

No, you can’t edit a Tweet once you have posted it, but you can delete it.

What is a hashtag?

A hashtag is any word or phrase immediately preceded by the # symbol. When you click on a hashtag, you’ll see other Tweets containing the same keyword or topic. Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets marked with that keyword. Hashtags can occur anywhere in the Tweet – at the beginning, middle, or end.
Hashtagged words that become very popular are often Trending Topics. Don’t over-tag a single Tweet. Best practices recommends using no more than 2 hashtags per Tweet.

What is a Twitter List?

A Twitter List allows you to categorize other people on Twitter, assigning them to groups which will have their very own feed. Once set up, a Twitter user can select a Twitter List to view just the public tweets of those allocated to that list. These lists act as a filter on Twitter, making sure that you pick up the tweets of those who are of interest to you.

Aside from acting as very useful filters in their own right, Twitter Lists have several other advantages . One of them is the ability to add people to a Twitter List without having to officially ‘Follow’ them on Twitter itself. This is handy as you may want to designate other users away from your Home Feed, and into a distinct folder for whatever purpose you have in mind, whether it be a hobby or interest, or for professional reasons. A Twitter user may also not want to be publicly seen following another Twitter user, even though they may be of use or interest, because they may not want to be perceived as condoning or supporting that other user (actually ‘Following’ someone on Twitter can be interpreted as actively supporting that purpose).

The above is a quote from the following site:

http://www.nicklewiscommunications.com/what-is-a-twitter-list-or-a-list-on-twitter/

Above is a Q and A session using a plugin called Quick and Easy FAQs.

YouTube has many videos on Twitter. I have written another post listing just a few videos on YouTube produced by Common Craft.