To make the # @ RT DM # communication around Twitter more understandable to newbies and a few tools that may help more experienced users as well, The Huffington Post recently wrote an article with some helpful tips. This blog post contains a summary. The link to the original post is in the notes section as well as HERE.
- RT = ReTweet. That means that a user shares an original tweet in the original form.
- DM = Direct Message. It is a very short email that is up to 140 characters to another single user.
- To reply to someone’s tweet, just begin a reply with “@username” to reply just to that person.
- To keep everyone in the loop, use their username in your tweet to another friend like “Meeting at the mall with @Cyndi”
- Hashtag = Created using the pound symbol (#) ahead of a word or term. Its used to mark keywords, terms, tag posts or just to have fun. A maximum of three per post is recommended.
- Pictures, screenshots, videos (any media) = Link must be embedded. There are also third party sharing services that work such as Twitpic, Twitgoo, TweetPhoto, Yfrog, and Picktor.
- URLs may contain too many characters for a twitter post. Utilizing a URL compression tool helps. Such tools are: bit.ly, goo.gl, and is.gd. A longer list is HERE.
- If at all possible, use less than the allotted 140 characters otherwise it may not be possible for another user to re-tweet your message.
- Twitter Lists can be set up to help organize tweets and filter all the information coming in.
- You can use some great third party applications to keep track of what’s happening on Twitter such as Tweetdeck, Seesmic, and Hootsuite. View more of a list HERE.
I hope this was helpful and happy tweeting!!