Twitter: Cheat Sheets

Tips, tutorials, and recommendations for using Twitter.

Twitter Terminology

  • Follow: To subscribe to another Twitter user's Tweet feed.
    • Followers: Twitter users who subcribe to your Twitter feed.
    • Following: Twitter users to whom you subscribe.
  • Hashtag: Community-driven and created keywords or concatenated terms preceded with the # symbol.
    •  Used to tie together Tweets pertaining to a common subject or event.
    • (Ex: "#alamw10" for Tweets pertaining to the the ALA MidWinter 2010 conference).
    • (Ex: "#CUSF" for Tweets pertaining to, or of interest to, the Cal State Fullerton community).
    • (Ex: "#highed" for Tweets about, or pertaining to, higher education topics).
  • Lists:Community-driven groups of Twitter users that you can share with others or keep private.
  • Mention:To reference or attribute another Twitter user.
    • To reference another user: (ex: "I'm studying @pollaklibrary right now.").
    • To paraphrase or credit another usere's Tweet (ex: "Good reserach guides via @pollaklibrary.").
  • Reply: To Respond or pose a question to another Twitter user.
    • (Ex: "@pollaklibrary What time do you close tonight?").
    • (Ex: "@pollaklibrary I love your chat reference service!").
  • ReTweet (RT):Forwarding another user's Tweet (Twitter has recently changed this format, or syntax):
  • Status: The original purpose of a Tweet: what you are doing, thinking, or sharing.
  • Tweet: A single text post to Twitter up to 140 characters long, delivered at a user's Status.

Eager to learn more Twitter lingo? Check out Mashable's Twitterspeak: 66 Twitter Terms.

Twitter @ and d messages - who can see what?

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