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Tweeting on Twitter

Updated on March 12, 2013

To Tweet or not to Tweet

Twitterverse isn't for everyone. You either love the social network site or hate it. I love it!

Twitter allows me to challenge my brain with 140 characters and trust me when I say that's a challenge. Personally I like to talk. A lot.

I have to transform words, use acronyms, abbreviate and omit punctuation but I get my point across. Most of the time.

Before you say, "Twitter is not my cup of tea" how about giving it a try? The social network is much easier to use than you might think.

Who knows, you might decide to have a Twitter Party to celebrate your new tweeting moves. What's a Twitter Party? Tweet using the same #hashtag...Let's say you are tweeting about American Idol, just write your tweet and add #idol at the end. You can then search for other twitterers using the #idol hashtag. Enjoy the party!

Is Twitter for you?

I began using twitter 4 years ago on a whim. I'm still a fan. I'm not a twitter quitter. It's not only entertaining, but there's always something new going on. Being a news buff I get all the latest and top news within seconds from various media outlets.

I've met many good friends over the years. Babies have been born. Children have grown. We have cried, cheered and supported each through memorable moments in our lives. We were there during times of sorrow also.

Some people just aren't fans and that's fine. Whatever the reason they chose to not participate is to be respected. I admit it was a bit tricky getting the hang of the site. Hashtags, FF's, RT's etc. take some time to learn and develop the techniques. It takes patience.

If you twitter with constant tweets you have a chance of being placed in Twitter Jail and will have to take a time out before you are released. Twitter thinks constant tweets are spam so be careful. There is no bail or get out of jail free card.

Following twitter feed can be very interesting especially when something is going on in the world. If there is something hot in the media it will be on twitter and everyone can voice their opinions! It's always fun to be retweeted and a cordial thank you is always appreciated.

I've had random questions answered within seconds. Learned about other cultures and countries. Mourned over Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Patrick Swayze among others. It's like a sports bar when a game is on. It's a reality show hang out where you can hook up with your friends and meet new friends! I guarantee once you get the hang of Twitter you will be hooked.

When you follow someone on Twitter it simply means that you can view their twitter updates. Some of my famous followers include: President Obama, Ellen Degeneres, Tim McGraw, Joe Nichols, Smokey Robinson and Mark NeJame. A good way to be unfollowed is to pester your celebrity followers with DM's so I suggest to stay away from that behavior.

To tweet or not to tweet? That is the question .... the answer is up to you.

Some Twitter tips.....

@ is always placed in front of a tweeter name to tweet someone @sunshine625 and there are no other characters in front or after it
FF - Follow Friday (used on Fridays to give a shout-out to your fellow twitter friends)
RT - Retweet
DM - Direct Message (can only be used if you are both following each other)
SMH - Shaking my head
FYI - For your information or heads up
IMO - In my opinion
Hashtag # - Place in front of a word that is trending or for the fun of it
Trending - Most popular word or phrase tweeting around
Twitter Feed - Stream of tweets

Getting started with Twitter......

Your opinions or suggestions on Twitter are always appreciated....

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      Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      When I have time,I use twitter to keep up with tech and science news from science and tech posts.;;))

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      Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

      Well it sounds like twitter is a great source of information,Sunshine 625. It might surprise you but I think I have a twitter account, it is not used much but just the other day I was helping my brother with some tweet questions. Great information and you make good solid points....maybe it is worth a second attempt to get hooked....voted up and useful.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Follow mentalist and I cogerson ... join us in twitterverse! :)@sunshine625 @mentalistacer

      Thank you my peeps for stopping by ... soon we'll be tweeps! :))

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      Dave Ligler 5 years ago

      I learned more in two minutes from your hub than in four years ! Sounds great and could be fun ? voted up and useful

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      What a Tweet HUB LOL good share :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Good one Frank!!! You must be part of twitterverse to use the lingo so creatively :)

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      Unapologetics 5 years ago from Here, there and everywhere

      I'm all atwitter with this very helpful information--I think I'll break out in twitterverse. 140 character limit of course.

      There once was a utility called Twitter

      Which was not some kind of a critter.

      It's how you stay close

      To the ones you like most

      Warm & toasty like a hot apple fritter.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Unapologetics .... Two words with 18 characters awwwwww priceless:)

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      Mich Stoker 5 years ago

      You love your twitter! I like how you said "I'm not a twitter quitter." Nice rhyme ;)

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      geegee77 5 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

      You know I actually used to tweet way before I discovered fb and used to be on there alot, that is actually where I met a few of my fb friends. Sadly I dont get on there hardly ever, probably almost a yr now. I'll prob go pop in & see what the latest trend topic is:) great hub sunshine see ya on fb:) ge

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      Peter 5 years ago from Australia

      I believe I am a Twitterholic :-) I love the immediacy of the tweets. I will tweet this Hub out lol

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      geegee and agvulpes ... follow me at @sunshine625 ... the more the merrier :)

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      Lisa HW 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      I read (and enjoyed) your Hub in the hopes that it might punch a few cracks in my solid resistance and aversion to Twitter; but although I learned a little more about what people do on there, I have to still count myself among the non-Twitterers of the world. :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Maybe one day you'll join Twitterville. The site might sound intimidating but it's quick to learn. Thank you for stopping by :)

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      Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

      Hey Sunshine, as a user of Twitter, I found your hub to be very useful for those who either don't use it or already use it(have little to no knowledge). Good job! :)

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      Mark 5 years ago from Alabama,USA

      You are a rockstar on twitter, Thanks for following me HAHA.

      This is a gr8 hub,thanks for sharing it

      Voted up and awesome

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Back at ya manthy :)

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      Carrie Smith 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I love Twitter also, big social media addict! This is a great article, funny, witty but still informative. I'm going to share this so everyone can understand the basics of Twitter. You even taught me what SMH means! Thank you for sharing - voted up and awesome!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you for sharing apple!!! Looking forward to following you here and on Twitter :))

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      Dave 5 years ago from United States

      Ourstanding Hub, Sunshine. Great tutorial for new users!

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      It really isn't that I'm old-fashioned (just old) or adverse to new technology. After all, I've embraced the Internet. However, I am not a fan of Twitter, and Facebook makes my blood run cold. I consider both time-wasters, but also have seen people make absolute fools of themselves writing things on FB that later returned to haunt them (and are forever "out there" in the ether).

      That said, I recognize that I'm in a small minority regarding both social networks. Just call me a "dinosaur", but I'll continue to eschew both Twitter and Facebook while I hope the rest of you enjoy them and don't get caught writing something on either site that you will later regret but can't truly take back.

      Jaye

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Social Networking isn't for everyone Jaye....you either love it or don't. Most love it. I consider them more educational then time-wasters. I've learned a lot via Twitter and FB. Thank you for commenting :)

      Thanks jeffries! Cya on FB! :)

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Like I wrote, Sunshine, I'm in a distinct minority where Twitter and Facebook are concerned, but that isn't by any means a new experience for me! lol

      Of course, Hubpages is also a social network of sorts, one for writers, and I enjoy the interaction here between myself and other writers. It's a matter of interest, I think. While I like reading comments by other writers (not only of my work, but of others'), I just don't care to read the "status" of a friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend on Facebook, and doubt that every 140-character missive posted on Twitter can be considered interesting. That's just my opinion, though, and I have lots of those (as you've no doubt noticed!)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Jaye I truly appreciate your opinions. I agree regarding the status updates on FB which is why Im thankful for the "block" button. Keep your opinions coming :-)

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the hub and the meaning of the Twitter abbreviations. I'm still learning how to use Twitter properly so hubs like yours are a great help!

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      Barbara Kay Badder 5 years ago from USA

      I don't use Twitter, but it sound like I should start. Thanks for the hub.

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      pedrn44 5 years ago from New Berlin Wisconsin

      I did belong to twitter then stopped for some reason. Did you put a hubpages link in your twitter profile? or, don't you involve your tweeps with hubpages? Still new to the other social networks out there (except for fb which I spend quite a bit of time on). Good hub sunshine:) Thanks.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi pedrn, I'm sure I have a hubpage link with my twitter profile. My hubspages, Tweeps and Facebook are all intertwined. Invite info is on my profile page. Thanks for stopping by :)

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      adeaugustus 5 years ago

      Did you know i follow you on twitter? i love reading your post! you once said to me @adelekeaugustus look for quality not quantity, when i was complaining about my twitter follower. This is a great hub, voted useful, awesome and interesting.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Yes I do remember telling you followers were about "quality not quantity" and I stand by that. Thank you for the hubpages follow also, I got you back :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Oh you know I needed this! LOL Funny - my 12 year old just said, "you always smile when you are writing your comments" haha - thats a pretty cute observaton:) ok = thank you so much! This is one I am going to print out and tape to my lapdesk. I am clicking on the learning link next too. This is awesome - really appreciate this help!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Your daughter is as sharp as you Real! Faith says the same thing to me...why are you laughing or smiling?!? You'll understand one day kid...for now go watch High School Musical! lol I'm glad this can help you! Any questions just let me know:)

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Thank you - so much. We sure love our girls:) I have seen high school musical so many times! OMG!

      I am going to mess around with twitter more tonight - and you know - I kept wondering what a hash tag was #! ha! I heard that word everywhere but I had no idea what they were talking about!

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      I've bookmarked this and will get back to it again. I'm trying to figure out this twitter thing, and it looks like you may have helped me alot. I'm going to be working on this this week, so thanks. I glad I saw this one go by!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Tweet Tweet Twitter Twitter There's something to learn about, and I have here at your hub. Thanks Sunshine :) I'll add you on Twitter :)

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Thanks for this hub. I have had a twitter account for a wee while now, but I’m not very good at using it, either to check others’ feeds or to tweet. Mostly I just don’t feel like I know what to do with it. I think I need to read your tweets and others to see how to use it more effectively.

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      Steve Andrews 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I tweet a lot and think its great, as is this hub! Voted up!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Look me up Bard!! @sunshine625

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow.. I didn't know these things.. I will have to be careful about not going to twitter jail. They didn't tell me that when I signed up.. Opps.. I signed up so I could pimp myself and other hubbers. I was tickled to find William Shatner and other celebrities. Thanks for writing this. It is a blessing to those of who who are technologically slow!

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      jeyaramd 5 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      Thanks for the heads up about twitter jail. I have been guilty of sending one too many tweets. I do agree that limiting your tweet to 140 characters can be a mind game. Its great to receive tweets that are concise and exact from various news medias. I love it. I have to say that I am a fairly new twitter. Great hub. Voted up.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      You're welcome Jey! Be sure and look me up @sunshine625 :)

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      jeyaramd 5 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      I sure will. Thanks.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      great hub, linda. I'm still getting the hang of twitter. it's hard to keep up. I follow a lot and have lots of followers and I feel bad that it takes me days and weeks to retweet or to reply to someone. up and shared.

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Just started twitter to launch my new website. I don't have a clue. Look out for a follow from @rastahealth

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      Brian Slater 5 years ago from Nottingham Uk

      Nicely written hub Linda, I use twitter all the time and this explains it very well in straight forward terms.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you for the share PDX!

      Looking forward to the follow Rasta!

      I'm glad this hub helped you Brian:)

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      Jennifer Essary 5 years ago from Idaho

      Very useful Hub, especially the Twitter tips. I've gotten the @ and # down but the rest of it is still greek to me. Thanks for sharing. Voted up, useful, and shared.

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      Leni Sands 5 years ago from UK

      I usually share my favourite hubs or on twitter - when I tweet it also appears on facebook so I get to share with everyone. I am a fan - sort of. I also use it to promote my books on Amazon and any good reads I come across.

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      Vicki L Hodges 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I feel that it's hard to see things on Twitter. Maybe I just haven't quite figured it out yet or am following too many people. Facebook seems so much more user friendly. Still, I stumble over there every now and then. This hub was helpful as far as the lingo. I'll keep trying!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      @Jennifer, if you have any questions just let me know! Same to you @Vickie! Twitter is a breeze once you get used to it.

      @Leni, I also use it for the same reason PLUS much more depending what's going on during my day:)

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      calico Stark 5 years ago from Earth for the time being

      I loved this hub being I am not an avid tweeter and I dont really know what I am doing. Ha ha!

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      Jennifer Essary 5 years ago from Idaho

      Thanks Sunshine : )

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I hope this hub helps you out Calico! Any questions just ask, I'll do my best to answer them.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      I've been on Twitter for a while but my tweets are sorely lacking. My addiction to HubPages seems to take up all my time. I did enjoy your hub though. Voted up and interesting.

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      theinfoplanet 5 years ago from The Planet of Information

      This was a great explanaition of Twitter, which I feel is much better than Facebook. Its good you are spreading information of Twitter for those who are new to it!

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks Linda, this is really helpful. I had no idea how to tweet and the tweeting language is new to me...lol

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      Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      I am definitely one of those people that does not get Twitter. I've had an account for 4 years. Every 6 months or so, I try to get into it, but I just can't. I just keep up with news and updates on Facebook instead. I am going to bookmark this hub since I am still confusing about all the codes on Twitter. When I do attempt Twitter again (which I will) I will be better informed. Great hub and voted up!

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks, Sunshine, for this information about Twitter. I can but only echo Jeannieinabottle's comment. Maybe one day I will get the time to use Twitter properly. At present I simply tweet my hubs, and only once. So this is not what I am supposed to do in there, although I follow mostly other hubbers?

      Voted up, interesting and informative.

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Thanks Sunshine! I've been stumped by some of the stuff I see on Twitter - therefore I dont use it much other than to post Hubs or bug one of my followers that's funnier than all get out :) Now I can actually follow people on FF!

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      The "hashtag" thing is really good advice....which I happened to be totally ignorant of for the longest time, and still don't use or utilize at all.

      I just tweet stuff as a favour to ....every single person that has ever posted a hub that I've read and approved of....it's fairly difficult to make a hub that I won't tweet, really.

      I just can't do "brief" or brevity in regards to text on the web....it's probably somewhat an art form....but it's not my chosen canvas or style.

      In other words...I couldn't do it were I to try, so I just spit backlinks into the twitterverse almost all day every day that I'm around my computer....this un' included, of course.

      No....I pretty much never get much of anything in regards to direct traffic from Twitter, but of course I've already said that I don't much try....I just always want that easy backlink on a popular social network for all the typical reasons.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Tillsontitan, Thank you for stopping by and sharing your opinion. Wishing you much luck with Twitterverse!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Infoplanet and Cardisa...Twitter is a cool place to hang out and shoot the tweets (or shoot the breeze) ;)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Jeannie and Martie, If you need any pointers just let me know. Twitter is easier than you think. It's all about learning something new. Consider it a new challenge:)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Ardie ... the #FF is fun to do on Follow Fridays!

      Wesman ... I have a difficult time with only being able to use 140 characters, but I adjust. The hashtags take some getting use to, but you could do it!:)

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I might experiment. Do you get a lot of daily traffic from twitter?

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Depends on your meaning of a lot. I get some, but I have met some cool followers along the way.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Nice new picture, Linda!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks PDX! My daughter (the photographer) thought it was time for a change.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Linda, I used to tweet then I started getting problems with emails and suspected Twitter was to blame. I am starting again with a different name soon and will give it another try. It'll be a bloody miracle if I can say anything in 140 characters :o)

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Short and Tweet. This hub clarifies the issue for Twitter newbies Linda. Well thought out and explained. As usual.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      I stay clear of twitter. I watse enough tiem online as it is. Add twitter and I might disapper into an electronic pit of no return!

      I always wondered what the deal is with that darn #. ITs just a bunch of nonsense. go figure.

      Thanks for the info.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I just don't have the time to get involved in Twitter. When I was planning a trip to Puerto Rico, a hurricane had just rolled over the island, and I went on Twitter to get current news of the damage. That was handy. I postponed the trip that date and rescheduled.

      I just don't want to get "sucked" into wasting a lot of time on it.

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      Melis Ann 4 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      I'm really not a fan of twitter but am still giving it a go. Nice to read a little more about it.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Linda I recently joined Twitter about 2 months ago and was so on the fence for the longest time about joining. I still am not totally in love with Teitter, but do agree it serves it's purpose at times. Loved this article and of course voted up and shared too.

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      Kara Monterey 4 years ago from Indianapolis

      Good hub! I love twitter too!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Jools, You get used to the 140 characters...I consider it a challenge:)

      Hi Doc, That's basically what Twitter is short and sweet. I just got a follow from my favorite C&W radio station! Yay me!:)

      Thank you both for stopping by!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      #Dana you might enjoy Twitter. I use it mostly for my celeb gossip and world news. I'm just a media junkie. Another addiction of mine. Thanks for your comment!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Mary, Melis, Janine, Koshaugh...What I like most about Twitter is it's perfect for my short attention span and of course the latest, hottest news. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!:)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I just use Twitter to post other people's hubs and my own when new. Other than that, I really don't have time to just watch the endless array of tweets on all sorts of subjects. I learned some abbreviations from you in this hub, but what does DM stand for? Interesting and up votes.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Peggy, I understand about too many tweets. It all depends who you follow and who is on your twitter feed. DM means Direct Message. Direct Messages could only be sent between two twitter'ers who are following each other. Such as I could send a DM to Ellen DeGeneres or Barack Obama...I don't do this often because I don't want to be consider a spammer and get unfollowed. Thanks for your comment!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Interesting tips, Linda, which I'm sharing!! Thanks for the engaging write up!

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      Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

      I return back to this hub for some tips and pointers. I think a year later and it seems like I am using twitter much more now than last year. I will be able to actually figure out what I am doing using your hub...thanks for sharing.....voted up and awesome.

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, Interesting, and bookmarked. I'll study this hub closely soon. No one I know personally uses Twitter that I know of, so I haven't used it much, aside from sharing hubs I admire a lot and think have broad appeal. Also it takes a lot of time to edit a message down to 140 characters. Every message is like composing a haiku. Still, I have a suspicion I should be using Twitter more. I haven't figured out how to work its features yet and hope this hub will help.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      My reread of this Hub is timely for me. I've been trying to Tweet Hubs, but I was doing it all wrong. After I would Pin, I'd hit the Tweet button. Come to find out I as tweeting the Pin NOT the Hub. I am bookmarking this Hub. I think I am Tweeting correctly now.

      Thanks, Linda and I will share.

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      I like Twitter a lot. I really didn't think I would until I tried it. A lot of the people I follow are authors and I love seeing what they publish and how they market it.

      You are so correct when you say you can get lots of great information following and posting on Twitter. If I allowed myself, I think I could become almost as addicted to Twitter as I am to Hubpages.

      As B. Leekley says, it's very much like writing haiku: cram your thoughts into 140 characters. That's a challenge millions are taking on, multiple times a day. In fact, I compare it to doublespeak in the book 1984. Take out all the fluff. Maybe that's why I have so much fun with it.

      Enjoyed your article. Take care and happy tweeting.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I missed this first time around but am glad I found it now. I'm still on the fence. I have my Twitter account but know I don't use it very much. Hoping after the Apprentice Program that will change, at least a little.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I have a Twitter account but I never use it. I don't have any follows, oh wait I think I might have one or two. If you don't have followers I see no point in it. My fault I guess I need to get on there and follow other people, someday maybe. Interesting hub and information I knew nothing about. I have to agree with JayeWisdom to much is said on facebook and twitter that people should not put on there. I saw a someone post something yesterday on facebook that I thought should have been kept private. Voted up and more on your hub.

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      Suzette Walker suzettetaos 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Sunshine: you are just so versatile! It takes me forever to get the hang of these things. Thanks for your information and explanation. I am on Twitter but never really knew how to use it. Thanks for sharing!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      I am a Twitter twit! lol! I do tend to read too much then forget to get on with my stuff, I am actually using it more these days for getting stuck into a good read than actually remembering why I am on there! great hub Linda, nell

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      Very helpful. I have a Twitter account but have not taken the time to figure it out. Maybe it's time! Thanks, Linda.

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