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Getting Started with Twitter – What, How and Lingos

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 ( link you can read the person tweets.

Getting Started with Twitter

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 and email address is

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”


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
CX Signify “Correction”
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.




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The Cloud: Changing The Way We Store and Share Information

The internet has brought the world of information to our fingertips. We’ve become increasingly less reliant on reference books to find facts, relying instead on Google, Wikipedia, and whatever other sites our searches lead us to. Need to find how to spell a word? Just Google it; it’ll likely guess the correct spelling in micro second.

On daily basis more and more people keep up with more information now than ever before.

Information at the right time has always been the key for survival.

In college I used to make sure I would never lose my files/data like I did occasionally in high school. So, I used to zip them and upload a copy of same on my multiple email accounts to access them from different computers at different locations, in libraries, internet cafes, friend computers etc.

Then came laptops, and still I lost files, when I lost my machine.

Oogwave Cloud Formation

Then came cloud apps like Dropbox, and I just started putting all of my important files online, then I could always get back to work wherever I was, edit them from anywhere and still keep my data safe and together.

The data loss has never been a problem from then onwards. Cloud storage services also reduced my dependence on individual machines, letting me access my data from anywhere and eased the shift to new computer types like tablets and netbooks without too much trouble.

Today, not just data, but much more utility applications like simple notes, Diggs, bookmarks allow me to store my information in different format for different purpose and accessible from any machine and at anytime.

Life has become connected and complicated, but in terms of data and information, it has become easy and simple.

I hope Oogwave, will make it simpler, allowing people to not only focus on personal information but add an additional layer of  “group information”. A group formed of either friends in a college/school or colleagues in the workplace or even a small group of members within a family.

The philosophy behind Oogwave has been to allow users to manage its personal data and information privately on the cloud, and still act as a platform for its close friends, colleagues or family to share information/files/data/photos/links, discuss ideas, have conversation and still keep records for any future references.

The information or idea is better and makes more sense sometimes, when it is shared and discussed with others. The others need not be the whole world, but a selected group of people I want to work or discuss with.

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