How to Tweet #basiccommands
- Replies. If you want to direct your comments to one specific person in the circle, but loud enough that everyone else can hear, use the “Reply” function. You address the person by using their Twitter user name preceded by the “@” symbol. For example:
@spencesmith I get my haircut at Dion’s South in downtown Franklin.
- Direct Messages. Continuing with the metaphor of a conversation with a room full of people, you can also use the “direct message” function. This is like whispering in one person’s ear. They can hear you, but no one else can. You are directing the message to them and only them. For example:
d lnobles Can you bring my Business Review notebook down to the cafeteria conference room?
- Hash tags. You are probably familiar with tagging photos with a short piece of text. Twitter has this capability, too.
The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages. If you click on a hash tag, it will show you all the other tweets associated with a hashtag. Man, I loved @AndyStanley’s opening talk. He never ceases to speak to me. #cat2011 #Cat2011 was the hashtag for the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta in the fall of 2011.
- Other Commands. You can add people you want to follow from your cell phone. Just type in “follow [username].” For example:
Tweet @lostandfounders and you might be rewarded with Foundersbucks