Twitter 101 - Learning the Lingo
last update 11/9/2020
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Favoriting a tweet will
- Let the original poster know that you liked their Tweet.
- Save the Tweet for later, similar to bookmarking.
To favorite a Tweet, click the heart next to (or under) the message.
To unfavote a Tweet, click on the heart next to (or under) the message.
Categorizing by keyword
- People use the hashtag symbol # before a relevant keyword or phrase (no spaces) in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets and help them show more easily in Twitter Search.
- Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets marked with that keyword.
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Join the conversation on Twitter by mentioning users in your own Tweets.
To post a mention
- Type your Tweet as you normally would, but replace any names you include with that person's @username. For example: "I love @Twitter!"
- Click Tweet to post it.
- The system will recognize and link to the @username in the Tweet.
Start a conversation on Twitter by replying to other user's tweets.
To post a reply
- Find the Tweet you want to @reply to.
- Hover over the Tweet and click on the Reply button.
- A Tweet box will pop up complete your @reply and click Tweet to post it.
What is RT?
- Sometimes people type RT at the beginning of a Tweet to indicate that they are re-posting someone else's content, usually used when additional commentary is added to the original tweet.
What does a Retweet look like?
- Retweets look like normal Tweets with the author's name and username next to it, but are distinguished by the Retweet icon and the name of the user who retweeted the Tweet. If you see a message from a stranger in your timeline, look for retweeted by info in the Tweet — the retweeter should be someone you follow.
To retweet a Tweet, click the retweet symbol (shown at right) next to (or under) the original message.
To remove a retweet, click on Retweeted next to (or under) the message.