Quick Snapshot – Twitter is a micro blogging site, where people say things in max of 140 characters, called tweet. These tweet are public available for anyone to read. By using the person handle or identity (www.twitter.com/@BarackObama) link you can read the person tweets.
You can create twitter account with simple valid email, and tweet about things that interest you, your field of expertise, workday or broadcast your viewpoint on current affairs and if you are a celebrity you can tweet about every single thing you are doing – as you are doing, to your fans following on twitter. More, you can also share photos and videos with your tweet.
In Short: Consider it a short real-time news site, where rather than designated editors, news agents or paparazzi, people are themselves broadcasting or breaking the news, helping and assisting people, sending alerts and starting debates on different topics.
The Technicalities for Working with Twitter
The “at” sign provides an identity to all account just like email or web address. For Oogwave the twitter account is @oogwave, web address is oogwave.com and email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
So, as you register you get an “identity” or “handle” at twitter. If you send a tweet, and mention @oogwave, within your message, Oogwave team will get that message telling them about your message. So using the “handle” within the message simply means that you wish to draw the person/entity attention and also your followers to that account. i.e. Using handle @sergeybrinn within the text, you can draw Sergey Brin attention to your message.
Another important thing: If you put the handle “@Oogwave” in the beginning of the tweet, that makes it tweet exclusive for Oogwave. In this case only Oogwave will receive the message and not your followers, although the same will be publicly visible in your Tweets.
The hash (or pound) symbol is used to highlight keywords, topics, events or emotions in a tweet. Using hashtag just before the word, makes it keyword (and a link), which on click can show you other tweets containing the same keywords, i.e. all other tweets where people are talking about the same. Simple example – if you wish to know what people are saying about Apple’s iOS7, search #iOS7 and you will see all tweet with iOS7 views. You can join the conversation by reply, or Retweet (forward to your followers) or have entirely new tweet with #iOS7 hashtag.
The caret, or hat sign, is used to denote a tweet sent by an individual from company or organization account. It usually appears at the end of a Tweet and precedes initials, to indicate which user sent the tweet (e.g., ^MT).
The dollar sign is used as a financial hashtag, a shortened stock market name/code. For example, $AAPL (Apple) and $GOOG (Google). Work similar to hashtag, but in relation to stock price movement.
Direct message, is a way to privately communicate with someone. Option is available next to new tweet option. You may also see mention of same in a tweet, requesting to move the further conversation to private space, e.g. “DM me for more info,” or “I’ll DM you details”.
Catch: Currently DM can only be sent to people following you, and not to everyone. So you cannot send a direct message to Sergey Brin, unless he decides to follow you.
Use Retweet, when forwarding another user’s tweet to your followers. You can decide to Retweet with or without your comment. Current practice is to let the “RT” abbreviation mark the end of the forwarder’s comment and the start of the original tweet, e.g., “Must read! RT @Robert: The #iOS7 ten new features at www.url.com.”
List of Common Abbreviation/Lingo Used on Twitter
|AFAIK||As far as I know.|
|CC||CC’s literal meaning is “carbon copy.” As with memos and emails, CC is a way of ensuring a Twitter user sees certain content. E.g. CC @David|
|FF or #FF||#FF stands for “Follow Friday,” a way to give an endorsement to an account and suggestion your followers to follow them.|
|ICYMI||“In case you missed it.” Often used when someone retweets his or her own content from earlier.|
|MM||“Music Monday” is a popular way to suggest music you were currently enjoying or artist recommendations. As in the name, usually sent on Monday morning.|
|MT or MRT||Modified tweet or modified retweet. This means the same as “retweet” but indicates that you’ve edited the original tweet, usually due to space restrictions.|
|NSFW||“Not safe for work.” This term denotes inappropriate or graphic content.|
|OH||“Overheard.” Used for reporting purpose.|
|PRT||“Partial retweet” or sometimes “please retweet.”|
|SMH||“Shaking my head” – An expression of disbelief or disappointment.|
|TFTF||Thanks for the follow.|
|TIL||Today I learned|
|TLDR or TL;DR||Too long; didn’t read.|
|TMB||Tweet me back.|
|TQRT||Thanks for the Retweet, used for thanking when someone Retweet of your Tweet to their followers.|
|TT||Translated tweet: a marking that an original tweet has been translated to a different language.|