Twitter Jargon Demystified – Part 2
As the title implies, there is a Part 1 to this article. If you have not read it yet, you can find it here. In Part 1 we talked about hash (#) tags, twitter handles and Direct Messages, as well as an introduction to Twitter.
Here we are looking at some more of the commonly used terms in twitter.
When you see a tweet that you think your followers would like or be of value to them you can retweet their post out to your followers. As you hover over a tweet some options will appear – favourites, retweet and reply.
Click the retweet tab and the tweet will open in a new box where you simply click the reply button.
If you want to see more information about who is retweeting what, click on the retweet tab. A drop down menu will appear with three options:
1. Retweets by others
2. Retweets by you
3. Your tweets, retweeted
Click on any of these options. So. if you want to see who has retweeted your tweets, click the third option.
It is easy to distinguish if a tweet has been retweeted as it will have the retweet icon – 2 arrows that together make a box. This will appear at the top of a tweet, followed by the name of the person that retweeted it.
It is always nice to thank people that have retweeted your content – you can do this either as a normal tweet with an @mention, (this will be explained shortly) or in a Direct Message.
If you would like to reply to a tweet, hover over the tweet and click the reply link. A new box will appear that starts with @username (the username of the person you are replying to). Your replies will show up in your @Mention tab on your homepage.
A mention is any tweet that contains @username anywhere in the tweet. That is why @replies can be found in your Mentions tab.
Type a message and use @username instead of using a person's actual name. Once tweeted this turns into a link that people can click on to go to that person's profile.
Sometimes you will get an @reply or @mention and are not sure what they are referring to. Click on the tweet and in the right column it will show 'in reply to' and show the original tweet as well.
People use @mentions to help promote other people.
Here is an example:
1. @friendsofsocial is promoting other users.
2. This person has just used my name to promote their own link.
3. @mariocoronatv is using a different way to retweet. He is retweeting my original posts, sending it 'via' me and also adding a hello to everybody.
4. @troolsocial is promoting other users.
5. @tournantinc has retweeted (see RT at the beginning) and is promoting my latest blog post.
All of these people mentioned here and the ones promoted in tweet 1 and 4 would be great people to follow!!
The last thing I am going to cover here is 'Favourite' tweets. If you see a tweet that you really like, you can hover over it and click 'favourite'. To see your favourite tweets, when you in your profile click on the favourite tab and they will all show up in there.
It there is anything else you would like covered please leave the suggestion in the comments box below.
See you on Twitter! – @staceylmyers.
You wrote this for me didn’t you? Ha ha! I needed this education on Twitter in a bad way!
I am glad it has been useful for you!
Thanks for the comment!
Sure wish I had this when I first started on twitter!! You have explained it in such easy to understand terms! Great job!
Great tips! I also wish I had that when I started with twitter! Simple tips that really do work, thanks for sharing.
My pleasure, Nancy – thanks for commenting!
This was great information for people who are not use to Twitter. Twitter can be confusing sometimes so thanks for sharing that information!!
Thank you – Twitter can be quite confusing for the novice!
Thanks Stacey! Twitter jargon can be confusing when people start out! This post will help many people understand.
Thanks for helping folks with Twitter jargon..when I was a newbie to Twitter in 2008..I was lost…good t=your here to help 🙂
Thanks Anita – you must be a master at it now!
Stacey, really clear, tight explanation of ‘Twitter-verse’. Bookmarked to share with others
Thanks for the comment, Mathew!
It’s amazing how many people on twitter don’t know what any of this means.
Nail the basics, people! This is a great post!
ahh I just started using twitter in March of last year.. I think I have it but this is great! Thanks for the refresher..;)
My pleasure, Liz.
This is great info Stacey!
I love Twitter, and knowing some of these tips makes it even better for me.
I added it to my buffer to Tweet out 🙂
Thanks AJ. Buffer is such a great companion to twitter.
Very good. So many people are confused and a little put off by Twitter. Once you get over learning the new Language of Twitter it becomes addictive. Great reference!
It does become quite addictive, I really like twitter.
I love that I can talk twitter – thank you!
I love that you can talk twitter also!
Great post Stacey, I joined twitter a year ago and didn’t have a clues what I’m supposed to do with it. As most of the time I use my Mcbook Pro, I couldn’t even find a hush tag on the keyboard, and it was not there… funny 🙂 it is great you help those who feel lost.
Thanks Solvita – it is amazing how just knowing some of the basics can make a big difference.
Great post Stacey! Should be required reading for all new Twitter users. 🙂
Thanks Helena – what a lovely thing to say.
Great post on how to use @. Really necessary information in this age of social media 🙂
It is indeed! Thanks for the comment.
This is all great. Learning lots! I have a FB Page (Joyful Mourning) and a twitter account of the same name. However, I also have a twitter account with my email/blog name (blivingrock).
Is there a way I can move my blivingrock followers to my Joyful Mourning account? Do I just ask them to follow it?
Do you know if there’s a way I can just merge the accounts?
Thanks for the comment, yes you would tell them that you are moving, or merging your accounts and ask them to follow you there instead.
Thank you so much for your teachings. I’m way behind on the dailys, but have saved them and am trying to catch up. My crazy “day job” schedule has caused me to lag.
Your explanations are concise, to the point and easy to understand!
Thank you so much for that, Roger. Just work through them as you can.
Thanks a lot! New to twitter and this information really helps.
I am pleased you have found it useful!
Great work Stacey.Keep it going:)
Thanks so much for the encouragement!