Twitter 101

Twitter 101, by Melissa Stoltz

Twitter allows you to post a 140 character message. These are public messages – anyone can search for and read your tweets. (There is a way to send a private tweet, but we won’t need that for our purposes right now.)

Important Vocabulary:

@ “at”: @ is used to “call out” a specific Twitter account

Handle: this is a user’s name on Twitter

Hashtag: # is used to categorize your Tweet; must be written as one word with no spaces or punctuation and can be used anywhere within the Tweet

RT: retweet – when you want to “forward” someone else’s Tweet, select “retweet”and it will appear in your Twitter feed; some users will add “RT” to the Tweet to indicate it has been retweeted

Trend: when many Tweets include the same hashtag; Twitter (and others) track top trending hashtags

Tweet: a single message sent via Twitter

Shortened URL: a web address that has been “shortened” to save Tweet characters

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Example Tweet:

I love double chocolate fudge ice cream! #needtojogtoday Right, @meriah ?

Breakdown of the Tweet:

The user @meriah will see this in her Twitter feed.

Anyone searching for the hashtag #needtojogtoday will see this tweet come up in their search.

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We will be using the hashtag #SaveMedicaid in all of our tweets. We are trying to get this hashtag to trend by encouraging our supporters to use this hashtag whenever they Tweet about the issue. Feel free to add additional hashtags to your Tweets, but keep in mind 1-2 hashtags is considered good etiquette and keeps your message clear.

We will have a list of handles available for you call out when you Tweet. Please feel free to call out anyone you think can be an ally.