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Twitter Help

twitter bird see my little blue bird on the takes you right to my twitter page so that you can follow me.  Now what??

I've been pecking away at twitter for just a short while...but, sometimes I see all kinds of "coding" in the messages and I have NO idea what those people are saying.

Alas...the help page at twitter to the rescue!  I just copies some helpful info that I NEEDED to read in order to make the most out of twitter....and I'm only thinking that if I didn't know all the short cuts...maybe there was ONE other person out there that didn't know also.  SO, ONE PERSON...this post is for YOU!

Fun Stuff: friends, favorites, and stats!

There's more to Twitter than OFF and ON! Use the commands below to send private messages, mark updates as favorites, or even remind someone to update their Twitter page if you're wondering what they're doing!
  • @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?
  • FAV username
            marks a person's last twitter as a favorite and causes the message to show up in your "Favorites" tab.

  • SET LOCATION placename
            updates the location field in your profile
            Example: set location san francisco
  • 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 your bio information.
  • INVITE phone number
  • will send an SMS invite to a friend's mobile phone. Example: Invite 415 555 1212

Hashtags: a Twitter community creation

Because Twitter provided no easy way to group tweets or add extra data, the Twitter community came up with their own way: hashtags.  A hashtag is similar to other web tags- it helps add tweets to a category.  Hashtags have the 'hash' or 'pound' symbol (#) preceding the tag, like so: #traffic, #followfriday, #hashtag.  Hashtags can occur anywhere in the tweet: some people just add a # before a word they're using, like so:


Now that you know all this on my little bird and follow me!




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