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Twitter Questions

OK my new Twitter friends... I need some answers.

What does "RT" mean? 

What does it mean when you put the symbol # in front of a word, and why does that make it change color?

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tasabian
Nov. 11th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
"RT" means re-tweet, ie you're passing on someone else's post.

# indicates a tag. #smallville means anyone who clicks on the tag, gets all the smallville entries.
jeannev
Nov. 11th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)
So, do you copy the other post, and then just put "RT" in front of it. How do you format that?

And so, if I type about anything SV, I should do the # thingie?
tariel22
Nov. 11th, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)
What tasabian said. :)

A little hint: if you click on #Smallville, for example, in someone's tweet, that will bring up all other tweets with #Smallville in it. It's like a search shortcut. But if you want to see all tweets that mention Smallville, type the word Smallville in the search box and click on the magnifying glass icon. That will bring up all tweets that have the word Smallville in them, with or without the hashtag.
starry_dawn
Nov. 11th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
Ooh, I didn't know about the magnifying glass thingy. Thanks! (Not that I use Twitter these days, but still.)
tariel22
Nov. 11th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
I think it took me almost two weeks to figure that one out when I first started. LOL!
jeannev
Nov. 11th, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)
OK, good to know.

Or, good to have some clue, since I think I might be very far away from knowing. LOL
starry_dawn
Nov. 11th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
RT is Re-Tweeting ... people use it when they want to bring attention to what someone else tweeted.

The # sign makes it easier for people to search tweets about a particular topic. So, people talking about SV may write #smallville so that others searching for people talking about SV will find that tweet easily.

... or, you know, what tasabian and tariel22 said. This is why you read the other comments first, Starry!

Edited at 2009-11-11 03:50 am (UTC)
jeannev
Nov. 11th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
Thanks though. Really, 3 people explaining this to me, and I still feel a little confused. I'm such a spaz.
tasabian
Nov. 11th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
Hey, Michael struggles with it too!
http://twitter.com/mrosenbaum711/status/4305180457
starry_dawn
Nov. 11th, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
What are you confused about? Ask away!

(And hee, that MR thing is hilarious.)
jeannev
Nov. 11th, 2009 04:16 am (UTC)
I guess I'm just not sure how I would type it out so it works OK, and I don't look like a dork.

For instance, do type "RT", then do the @name thing, then copy and paste what they said?

LOL at Michael.
starry_dawn
Nov. 11th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
Yup, that's pretty much it! :)
serenography
Nov. 11th, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
Twitter still makes my head hurt if I read it too much. I can't get over how people have time to keep up with all the (stooopid) entries people make.

Still, I do regularly skim a page or two, and of course, check for Tom/SV stuff. :)

polytikal
Nov. 11th, 2009 06:51 am (UTC)
Ahhhh, I want to teach you everything about Twitter!

I'm dead tired at the mo' and need some zzz, but don't feel dumb for asking questions. Twitter is extremely confusing in the beginning, but after a month, you'll be a pro.

You're just in time, too, because we're trending the show for "Pandora" next week! The # plays a huge role in this as well. I'll explain it all when my eyeballs aren't about to fall out of my head. <3
canadabear
Nov. 11th, 2009 08:44 am (UTC)
LIES. I've had one for... longer than a month and I'm not a pro yet!
eeyore1017
Nov. 11th, 2009 11:26 am (UTC)
I'm going to attempt a re-tweet example:

If I (with my user name brianne1017) made a tweet that said. "Tom Welling is the most beautiful man on the planet." You would see it as:

brianne1017 Tom Welling is the most beautiful man on the planet.

If you wanted to re-tweet that, you could type:

RT @brianne1017 Tom Welling is the most beautiful man on the planet.

If you wanted to re-tweet that comment and add your own comment too, it would look like this:

I agree! RT @brianne1017 Tom Welling is the most beautiful man on the planet.

And your user name would show up in front of each of those tweets.

I don't know if that helped or made things more confusing, but I tried. ;-)
jeannev
Nov. 11th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
OMG, thats awesome. Thanks
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