Tips, Tricks and Twitiquette: A Comprehensive Beginner’s Guide.

  • # sign
  • @ sign – the @ in front of any name is that person’s Twitter username. People use it so that it’s easier to track a conversation. For example, if you want to respond to something I wrote, you’d write: “@mivi – you’re so right!
  • RT = “ReTweet”

Leaving/unfollowing someone: it’s NOT necessary (or polite) to let them know you are unfollowing them.

If someone follows you, do you need to follow them back? No. Lots of people choose to follow thousands because they are trying to beef up their numbers, but it’s not necessary to follow them back. I only follow people who seem interesting, entertaining or who post good information.


Good Twitter Habits:

Ask Questions! Why? Because people love answering questions… it’s second nature. Getting people engaged is a good way to build your Twitter presence.

  • @username + message
  • directs a twitter at another person, and causes your twitter to save in their “replies” tab.
    Example: @meangrape I love that song too!

  • D username + message
  • sends a person a private message that goes to their device, and saves in their web archive.
    Example: d krissy want to pick a Jamba Juice for me while you’re there?

  • WHOIS username
  • retrieves the profile information for any public user on Twitter.
    Example: whois jack

  • GET username
  • retrieves the latest Twitter update posted by the person.
    Example: get goldman

  • NUDGE username
  • reminds a friend to update by asking what they’re doing on your behalf.
    Example: nudge biz

  • FAV username
  • marks a person’s last twitter as a favorite. (hint: reply to any update with FAV to mark it as a favorite if you’re receiving it in real time)
    Example: fav al3x

  • this command returns your number of followers, how many people you’re following, and which words you’re tracking.

  • INVITE phone number
  • will send an SMS invite to a friend’s mobile phone.
    Example: Invite 415 555 1212

Michelle Villalobos
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