Twitter questions for those of you using it

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Twitter questions for those of you using it

Sammi Sammi
What exactly does the # sign mean in front of a word. Is it a tag, or another way to do the @user ?

Also, how do you retweet?

I realize these sound a bit silly - I tried to look it up in help, but I couldn't find anything.
04/10/2009
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Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
Quote:
Originally posted by Sammi
What exactly does the # sign mean in front of a word. Is it a tag, or another way to do the @user ?

Also, how do you retweet?

I realize these sound a bit silly - I tried to look it up in help, but I couldn't find anything.
I think, to retweet, you just put an RT in front of the message. A # sign is a hashtag. I don't quite get those. Something about ranking hashes by their tags or some stupid thing. I think they're ridiculous on twitter.

I don't use the website to do my tweeting, though. I use either Digsby - which notifies me of my mail, facebook and myspace, lets me chat in yahoo or G-talk, and shows and sends my twitter stuff all in one messenger like application - or TweetDeck, which is like a desktop messenger app for Twitter (though you need to install Adobe Air to use it).

That way, Twitter is on my desktop all day and I don't have to mess around with an extra open window in my browser.
04/10/2009
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
Quote:
Originally posted by Carrie Ann
I think, to retweet, you just put an RT in front of the message. A # sign is a hashtag. I don't quite get those. Something about ranking hashes by their tags or some stupid thing. I think they're ridiculous on twitter.

I don't ...
Er... I meant to say that TweetDeck lets you reply, retweet, direct message and a bunch of other stuff just by hovering on the user pic next to the message.

link

It also can be either one column with all your friends or you can expand it to show @ messages and direct messages and whatnot, too.

Ok. Done babbling now. Coffee IS working.
04/10/2009
Sammi Sammi
lol - that looks cool. Thanks for the info above!
04/10/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
Using the hashmark is kind of like "Tagging" the message. It says your tweet is about this and is helps with searches but I don't know about the specifics. The @ simply says your message is to that user.

As far as retweeting, it's not an official thing. When someone posts RT - it simply means they are reposting something they like (as far as I know). There really shouldn't be protocol for something so silly IMO.

I use Twitterfox plugin for Firefox any it is pretty nice, too.
04/10/2009
Epiphora Epiphora
Twitterfox is a good one that I use for my personal Twitter. But I get too many tweets on my Epiphora account, so for that, I use Twhirl. It's also Adobe Air and a desktop client. It pops up each tweet in the right-hand corner of your monitor, and you can do everything that Twitter.com allows you to do, and more (for instance, you can shorten URLs and seamlessly post to TwitPic).
04/10/2009
Sammi Sammi
I downloaded both tweetdeck & twhirl this afternoon. I have tweetdeck up right now, & twhirl looks cool - I like the shortened url part!
I was curious about the retweet cause I tried to do it, & did it wrong .

That makes sense, I think, about the # - I hadn't thought about searching on tags.
04/10/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
Quote:
Originally posted by Sammi
I downloaded both tweetdeck & twhirl this afternoon. I have tweetdeck up right now, & twhirl looks cool - I like the shortened url part!
I was curious about the retweet cause I tried to do it, & did it wrong .

That makes ...
How'd you do it wrong? It's kind of just a made up concept so I doubt you can actually do it wrong. LOL


A little rant, the shortened URLs are not a favourite of mine. I'm not sure they help PR.
04/10/2009
Sammi Sammi
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Originally posted by Adriana Ravenlust
How'd you do it wrong? It's kind of just a made up concept so I doubt you can actually do it wrong. LOL


A little rant, the shortened URLs are not a favourite of mine. I'm not sure they help PR.
Lol - I was trying to enter a contest that said to retweet the message, & I put an RT @ the username, but apparently it was either supposed to be @threadless, or @threadless wasn't supposed to be there either. I'm still not sure about that.

I have been on it a very short time, & being brain-dead, I think
04/10/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
Quote:
Originally posted by Sammi
Lol - I was trying to enter a contest that said to retweet the message, & I put an RT @ the username, but apparently it was either supposed to be @threadless, or @threadless wasn't supposed to be there either. I'm still not sure about ...
Oh. For contest type things, you generally copy and paste - not reply to whoever posted it. (=
04/10/2009
Epiphora Epiphora
Quote:
Originally posted by Adriana Ravenlust
How'd you do it wrong? It's kind of just a made up concept so I doubt you can actually do it wrong. LOL


A little rant, the shortened URLs are not a favourite of mine. I'm not sure they help PR.
Well, it's hard for me to convince myself to waste all my 160 characters on a link. The only time I don't shorten the link is when I link straight to my blog.
04/10/2009
Sammi Sammi
Quote:
Originally posted by Adriana Ravenlust
Oh. For contest type things, you generally copy and paste - not reply to whoever posted it. (=
That makes sense
04/10/2009
Rockin' Rockin'
Other programs/apps out there can show feeds to people interested in specific subjects, noted by people in their Tweets. For instance, I could have one that found #vibrator, and any public updates with #vibrator in it would show up on my feed. I don't use tags that much except for humor, but I see their usefulness for some people.
04/10/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
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Originally posted by Epiphora
Well, it's hard for me to convince myself to waste all my 160 characters on a link. The only time I don't shorten the link is when I link straight to my blog.
Yea. Twitterfox does it automatically and it won't kill me but the whole URL shortening thing in general is something I just never understood.
04/11/2009
Rockin' Rockin'
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Originally posted by Adriana Ravenlust
Yea. Twitterfox does it automatically and it won't kill me but the whole URL shortening thing in general is something I just never understood.
There are ways to get around the shortened links. Firefox has a LongURL add on for it.
04/11/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
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Originally posted by Rockin'
There are ways to get around the shortened links. Firefox has a LongURL add on for it.
Well, it lets you know where you're going but I don't think it matters with PR.
04/11/2009
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