I have written a more IN DEPTH narrative twitter guide HERE – but for a quick reference I have also written this bullet point guide (below).
The Quick Tweet Guide
When using the main Twitter web page (HOME), these are some basic points:
I shall use my twitter name for the examples (LucasBlack)
NOTE: When a message is displayed in Twitter, it automatically has the senders name at the start.
E.g: LucasBlack This is my simple guide to using twitter. I hope it helps.
Tweets are made from 140 characters (including spaces… so think before you type!)
To write something in general (not to anyone in particular):
Type in the box and hit UPDATE.
E.g: LucasBlack Well I’ve arrived at work for another day. I really fancy a cup of tea.
Everyone can read this.
To write a message to a specific person:
Type the persons tweet name with an @ attached to the front as the very first part of the message. Hit UPDATE.
Only the people following you and following the person who it is addressed to will see this on the main page
Because of the @ at the start, this message will flag up in the persons @REPLIES tab.
These are not private messages, as others can see them by using the search function – see my narrative twitter guide HERE for more help with SEARCH
To write a message to only one person (a private message):
Type a D then space then the persons tweet name at the very start of the message. Hit UPDATE.
No matter what is written, only the person sending and receiving the message can see what is in the message.
To REPLY to a message:
Click the little arrow icon that appears at the end of the message you are replying to (it will appear when you move your mouse over the end of the message)
e.g: LucasBlack I am replying using the reply function so you know what I am replying to.
Reply should be used as it lets people know WHAT you are replying to. There is more in the other guide.
How to write a message to an individual that can also be seen by everyone else too:
Type something BEFORE the @ sign (e.g – Hey!), then type the persons name and message. Hit UPDATE.
The moment you start a message with ANYTHING other than D or @ it becomes a public message. Although you have mentioned the person in the tweet, it WILL NOT show in their @Replies tab.
Don’t believe me? Look in your Twitter Web @Replies tab – All of the tweets will start with @YourName
How to tell your followers about other people they might like to follow:
Type something BEFORE the @ sign, then type the persons name and message. Hit UPDATE.
This is just like the previous message to an individual.
It works because mentioning anyone’s name with an @ attached to the front will allow people to click the name and go to that persons twitter page.
How to repeat (retweet or RT) a tweet message you thought was great:
Type RT then @ and the name of the person whose tweet you are repeating, then the message. Hit UPDATE.
e.g: RT @hedgemag ME! ME! I want to be in your great blog!”
By typing RT you are crediting the person in the message. It is the polite thing to do, as it wasn’t your material.
If you want to have a message retweeted:
Leave enough characters so the next person who wants to retweet your message can add RT @YOURNAME (and a space) to the start of the message.
Well, that covers a fair few of the bases. If you want to know more, or want to add more to this list, then please let me know.
There is also a more narrative and in depth guide that I have written HERE.
This includes how to use hash tags and how to post pictures.