So you just joined Twitter! now what?

Twitter Tips for new Tweeps:

1- Try not to use symbols in your Twitter  username

NOT Recommended @Khaled_Shusmo Recommended @KhaledShusmo

2- Use a good personal photo of yours (Square in shape)

3- Take your time in writing a good Bio, it is your First impression

4- When looking for Followers, Search within your Email contacts.

Trick: Find some of the popular local Tweeps and follow their followers if they match your interests

5- Content; make sure it is valuable, positive & informative. Don’t be negative, aggressive, pushy.

6- When you get a new follower, check their timeline and if they are to your liking, then follow back (Polite unwritten rule).

7- It is not the quantity of your followers that matters, Follow those who match your interests in terms of hobbies, opinions, locality.

8- Stages of Twitter:

A) Denial
(I don’t see the need for Twitter! I can do the same at Facebook)

B) Presence
When you sign up but never get to check your Timeline

C) Dumping
When you copy paste articles you read online

D) Conversing
When you answer questions from some of your followers and engage in a conversation with them

E) Micro-Blogging
Is the final step and when you start creating your own Tweets as a Blogging sustainable habit

9- Why do people join Twitter:

A) Share updates about their life.

B) Start a conversation.

C) Selling, marketing, Advertising.

D) Find answers, advices & tips.

E) Self Branding.


So, what are the Twitter terms you need to know?

  • Following. These are the people whose tweets you’ve selected to read; their tweets appear in your “feed” or “stream.”
  • Follower. This is someone who is reading your tweets.
  • The @ symbol. Put this before any other Twitterer’s username to refer to them. Why? It creates a link to their profile automatically, which is handy for your followers to track conversations or look at people you’re referring to.
  • Reply: If you put the twitter name in front of your message, the person you address will see your tweet whether they follow you or not. So will everyone else following your stream. (Ex: @PresidentObama, make sure you eat those veggies from the White House garden, now.)
  • @replies will usually also show up the rely section of someone’s twitter account. This has to be turned on in the settings, but most people select it.
  • Retweet: Rt, RT or rtwt. These stand for “retweet.” If you read someone else’s tweet and you want to share it, put this before copying and pasting the whole thing, including the original tweeter’s username into your tweet.
  • Here’s an example, where Deanna retweeted something that Nancy Scola posted: “rt @nancyscola: isn’t there something uniquely DC about 1/5 of Politico’s “top 10” DC Twitterers not actually tweeting?
  • (Via): Instead of using retweet, you can use “via @username” to attribute something that you saw with another user. This is good when you are not directly quoting word for word, but paraphrasing or passing a link along.
  • Hashtag: The # symbol. Words that follow # in Twitter are called “hash tags.” It’s a way of assigning a keyword to a tweet so that so that others can follow the topic.
  • For example: When folks were attending the WeMedia conference in February 2009, they would tweet information about the conference and put #wemedia somewhere in the tweet. That way, everyone else interested in news from the conference could easily find and track them via twitter search.
  • DM or Direct messaging. This is a way of sending a message to someone so that only they can see it- like sending a txt message. The person has to be following you in order to receive messages from you, though! (No DMing Jane Fonda or Henry Rollins unless they’re following you, ya hear?)
  • To do this, you can either go to the person’s twitter page (aka, their profile page), and click on the “message” link in the left sidebar. Or, if you’re using another device or application besides the Twitter website, you can type the letter d, the person’s username, and then your message. I.e., “d randomdeanna let’s go to happy hour at abilene later”
  • The Find people tab: The Find People tab on twitter allows you to search for people you know, and to import your email contacts from many web based services and  see who you know and then follow them.

This glossary is also available as a downloadable, free white paper right here.
glossary for twitter terms.pdf



Feel free to add any tips of your own.