Be a Tweep on Twitter

Twitter. I’m sure that by now you have heard about the Social Media site Twitter (twitter.com). As with most everything it has a language of its own. Learn it isn’t very hard, but long time users will throw the terms out as if they have been speaking the language for years.

Let’s look at some of the common terms:

Tweep:
This is a user of the network. As soon as you create an account you are a tweep and those who you follow are also tweeps.

Follow:
When you sign on to receive messages from people, you follow them. You also want tweeps to follow you.

Followers:
These are the people who are following you and want to hear what you have to say. Followers can be picky, since some don’t care what you say, while others are very interested and don’t care about mundane stuff. Followers can and probably will come and go. Followers are one way. You can follow a tweep, but that doesn’t mean they follow you. They have to follow you.

Tweet:
These are the messages you put onto the site for you followers to read, Messages are a maximum of 140 characters.

@(UserName)
This is used in a tweet when referencing another user. By doing this you create a like to that user that is clickable by your followers. Friends and business associates will often do this to help increase traffic to each other.

RT
Let’s say you see something from someone you are following that you think would be of interest to your followers. This is called a retweet, or rt.

DM
Direct Message. Use this to send a message to another user that only that person can see.

FF
Lately I have been seeing this on Fridays and I have just discovered that it means Follow Friday. Followers will post on Fridays and tag their friends and associates. This is used as a way to recommend others as a large referral mechanism. Usage is FF@(UserName).

#(term)
This is called a hashtag and has been used as a way to identify a certain topic and be able to quickly follow associated messages by inserting the # in front of the term or word or phrase (if no spaces are used).

Take a look at twitter and decide whether you want to make it a part of your Social Media Marketing Plan. With this you now have a bit more understanding of the site.

This site can be followed at twitter.com/SMBTechTips and I can be followed at twitter.com/SteveGAtkinson

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