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Sending Tweets on Twitter

Twitter Codes and More for Productive Tweeting

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While technophiles have taken quickly to Twitter, turning every waking moment into a momentous occasion to tweet about, the computer user with limited Internet and social networking skills might be at a loss. The good news is I’ve created this simply little cheat sheet to help new Twitter users navigate the sometimes complex Twitterverse and help make your tweets more productive.

Sending a Tweet on Twitter

Ready to start sending tweets? See that little box at the top of your Twitter home page which reads “What are you doing?” Type in a tweet in this box and then press “Update.” But, remember, you have to express yourself in only 140 characters!

Reply to a Tweet

See a tweet you would like to reply to? Hit the reply button under the trash can next to the specific tweet and Twitter will automatically populate the text field with the user’s screenname so you can reply.

Delete a Tweet

Send a tweet before it was done? Visit your profile page on Twitter and click the trash can icon next to the tweet to delete it from the Twittersphere.

RT on Twitter

Read something funny or noteworthy that you’d like to ReTweet? Enter “RT” then “@” and then the Twitter username who authored the original tweet, then the original message. But, remember, the 140 word limit also applies here, so keep it brief, even extracting a portion of the original tweet if necessary.

OH on Twitter

Want to ReTweet something but don’t want to reveal the original author? Enter “OH” then the original message. “OH” stands for “overheard,” and helps us reiterate an earlier message without reveal (or embarrassing) the tweet’s author.

HT on Twitter

Heard something from a Twitter user in real life? Tweet this information using “HT,” (which means “Heard Through”) then the “@” and then their Twitter username.

# on Twitter

See the “#” on Twitter and wonder what it could mean? The hashtag helps Twitter users designate keywords to conversations that are popular. For example, the swine flu pandemic recently discussed in the news has been designated as #swineflu. This is helpful for those who search for information about the swine flu in the future using Twitter’s search function.

To designate a keyword, tweet and let folks know about it. For example, I might tell friends and family to use #Brandon25 to discuss my 25th birthday coming in May.

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