If you are new to Twitter, you may see some things that are flying around you that look absolutely overwhelming. I remember when I first opened my personal twitter account, I only tweeted 3 times and followed mainly celebrities or news figures to see what they were doing. I saw too many RTs, #s, DMs, @s, etc and I was thinking, “What have I gotten myself into?” But soon I got the hang of it and now I’d like to share with you a few things I’ve learned.
1. Tweet: A message that is posted on Twitter. It is limited to 140 characters.
2. Follower: Twitter users “Follow” your Tweets and can see certain ones in their timeline when you tweet them.
3. Favorite: See a tweet from someone that you like, you can mark it or favorite it so that it can be archived for you to review whenever you’d like.
4. @: This is called the mention sign. Using this allows you to mention a fellow Twitter user in a tweet.
5. RT: ReTweet This allows you to repeat a tweet post that another person sent out. When you do a RT, all of your followers will also see this message.
6. #(HashTag): This allows a tweet to be displayed in areas of interest based on the # being prefixed to the word. This is a very good way to get your message across to folks who may be interested in a topic or area as well.
7. DM: Direct Message This allows you to send a private tweet to a person. You can only DM people who follow you.
8. MT: Modified Tweet. Maybe you saw a tweet that was too long to do a RT (ReTweet) but wanted to keep the message while giving credit to the tweet originator. This is used to acknowledge that the original tweet was modified.
9. HT: Hat Tip. You found an article, blog post, or fact by another user on Twitter and you want to acknowledge them as the originator of exposing that information. This is in essence “tipping your hat” to them for sharing the information.
10. #FF: Follow Friday. This is used on Fridays to introduce your followers to other intersting twitter users.
Here’s an example:
— The KaiCon Group (@KaiConGroup) June 22, 2012
11. #(CityName) If you want to get your message out to a wider audience in your city or other cities, use the citiy’s hashtag code. Folks actually search for #CityName to find out what is going on in their area.
Here’s a tweet by @JonRFalk highlighting a #STL (St. Louis) landmark.
— Jon Falk (@jonRfalk) June 18, 2012
12. #NW Now Watching. You can use this to highlight what you are currently watching (a movie, tv program, etc.) This is a great way to meet other folks who may be watching what you are at the same time.
13. #NP Now Playing. If you are listing to music, this is a great way to share your favorite artist or songs in a tweet.
14. #NR Now Reading. Want to share the latest book you are reading, this is used to highlight that to your folks on Twitter..
15. #WX Shortcut for Weather. This combined with your city code can be very informative. And here’s an example.
Sunny, breezy and hot today and Wednesday, mid 90s. A few storms Thursday. Friday looks nice – sunny and 90, slightly lower humidity. #stlwx
— Kent Ehrhardt (@KentEhrhardt) June 19, 2012
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Believe me, Twitter should not be intimidating. Since the space is limited to 140 characters, there has to be some shortcuts. Remember to have fun and join in on the conversation. What other Twitter shortcuts have you seen and was curious what it meant? Leave a comment.