Let’s take a minute to get down to the basics…
Seriously, what’s up with all symbols? Am I [Justin] constantly cursing the Facebook & Twitter Worlds? No I’m not, and I’m ashamed if you thought that. It just occured to me that a large portion of our fans and followers are not in the 18 – 28 age group.
This is an example of what I am talking about off our Facebook Fan Page.
Let’s get down to it –
All of this gibberish is focused at the Twitter world. The facebook posts just happen to be a byproduct of my laziness in posting separately between the two. There are certain symbols that help to control conversations on twitter, and they are:
@: Talk publicly to another person
This is equivalent to tagging someone on Facebook. If you wanted to say something to me on Twitter you would type: “@thecoREgroup yahta-yahta-yahta…”
Don’t forget: Everyone can see this.
d: Talk privately to another person
This is a direct message that no one else can see. (ie, d thecoREgroup thanx)
RT: Repeat another person’s tweet
If you like something that someone has tweeted and you would like to send it out so your followers can see it as well you press retweet. It will post as “RT …”
#: Tag a message with a label
The pound symbol acts a topic organizer. If you put a # before a word it will categorize that word in a space with others who have mentioned that word as well. For example, in the picture below you see #FlipVideo in the middle. You could click on that hyperlink and twitter would take you to a page that has all the mentions of this keyword listed chronologically.
More than anything this just takes a little practice. If you are not on Twitter we look forward to having you. Let me know if I can answer any questions, and I hope this has helped to clear up a lot of them.