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Twitter for Dummies and New Users

Updated on December 29, 2012

I don't use twitter a lot. I am not glued to my cell phone. So, when I do use twitter, I stumble because the app icons are not intuitive. I guess the application just presumes you know what the icons mean and are for. It would be nice to have a brief pop up window with a a brief message, like, "Use this to ...".

This is hub is going to solve the guesswork.

A tweet is 140 characters entered into field. Many tweets contain symbols that seem cryptic to a non-frequent user besides the actual message:

@Johnzee @shellyk you need some #starbucks check http://www.peet.com

The @ is used to talk to others or mention to others that you know. The # is a hashtag and is used to create\add different tops in the tweet. So, when the above is clicked, many starbucks related topics display. Using it makes the word searchable and will list tweets with that word. The list bit of the tweet is a website reference link, so click on it to visit the website. A RT is a retweet, which is like forwarding an email to another. RT's can be many. You can RT the tweet to others as well. A TT means a trending topic among the Twitter domain, in other words, a popular topic or item that many are talking about on Twitter.

Tweeting is intuitive by pressing the Tweet button on the What's Happening box. To see responses to your tweet, click @Connect or Mentions. When you tweet, use @ and then the name, i.e., @joezy (no spaces). Use Find Friends to find people you know through your various email accounts. In the search field, you can try to locate organizations or people by entering: @thebeatles and searching. Results will be displayed.

Twitter is addicting, watch out!

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      This is very useful to me. Thanks for sharing.