To help you get started on Twitter, below are some basic terms to note.
Follow: Twitter is a great way to meet new business colleagues, stay up to date on industry news or learn more about a business/organization. All you do is ‘follow’ those that interest you and you’ll receive their updates.
Tweet: When a user publishes a message/updates their status. Keep in mind that these messages must be 140 characters or less.
Example: Learning about Twitter.
Retweet (RT): When a user reposts a message previously posted by another user. Copy the original message into your own Twitter post and prefix it with RT and the originator’s name. Keep in mind that messages must be 140 characters or less.
Example: RT @Bankingdotcom Learning about Twitter.
Direct message (DM): When a user wants to send a private message to another user. Start the tweet with d, followed by the user’s name.
Example: d FinanceWorks I’d like to learn more about your solutions.
Public message (@): When a user publicly comments on a message posted by another user. Start with @ followed by the user’s Twitter name.
Example: @FinanceWorks Love the latest version!
Hashtag (#): Users can create a hashtag to facilitate searching for specific conversations/topics/content. For example, BAI Retail Delivery created a hashtag for its annual conference – #RetailDelivery. By doing so, any Twitter user could search for #RetailDelivery and find relevant content related to the conference.
Twitter Lists: Twitter users can now organize users they follow (or users that they don’t) into groups, or “lists.” There are a few ways to create a new list, the easiest way is by clicking “New list” on the Twitter sidebar. You can also make the list public (everyone can see it) or private (only you can see it). Following a list is as simple as following any other Twitter user. Simply navigate to the list page and click on “Follow,” underneath the name of the list.