How Do You Tweet?

By now, you will have heard many things about the social networking site, Twitter. But what is it, and what, exactly, is a tweet?

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Twitter

Twitter is a micro-blogging site that is quite a bit different from other social networks. Facebook allows you to post long paragraphs in statuses, and works on an internal and private feed. In contrast, Twitter limits your updates to 140 characters and has an open system that updates constantly. Hashtags are used to group posts together, and allow you to search for topics or create a conversation between multiple accounts.

Tweets

Status updates, whether they contain hashtags or not, are Tweets. You post them by signing into your account and using the text box, typing in your message and hitting ‘enter’.

This will be viewable to anyone looking at your profile, unless you have made your account private. If you have, the only people who can view your tweets are those who are on your friends list.

Retweets

When you see someone who has tweeted something you like, you have the option of retweeting it. Just hgit the Retweet button at the bottom of their status message. This will repost it on your profile, with a link back to the original source. People can do this with your tweets, as well.

Hashtags

Hashtags can be applied to your tweets for three reasons: to allow people to search for the subject of that tweet and find your post, to group that tweet with others for a coherent conversation or collection, and to add additional context or emotion to a tweet.

For example, someone might say: “Just got a haircut! #LookingGood” That hashtag provides a bit more tone to the post.

Do you have any questions about what a Tweet is, or how to use one? Let us know in the comments!

Infographic source: Tweet anatomy

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