Twitter 101: Common Abbreviations, Hashtags, Mentions, Handles, Time Commitments, and Tips for New Users
Are you thinking about joining Twitter? Over 140 million people already have. It’s worth trying, especially if you are in business with a focused area of interest. Twitter works best if you have only one or two areas of interest that you tweet about. In fact, it’s similar to blogging because Twitter is just micro-blogging. Small posts of 140 characters or less meant to tantalize, communicate concisely, and drive traffic to your website articles.
I was a hold out of Twitter for many years. In fact, I only joined about 1 month ago. The thought of hearing about any persons minutiae of their day didn’t appeal to me. Turns out, everyone feels that way and there aren’t that many people who actually tweet such details. You can always unfollow those types too and never hear their time-wasting tweets again. What I found great about Twitter is that I could follow anyone with similar interests to me. I can get news, industry research, and just about anything I want by following people with those interests. It surprised me that Twitter was just as capable for business as it is for the consumer.
Being new to Twitter can be overwhelming. Especially since people are abbreviating and using a unique Twitter language. The lingo can be downright frustrating to learn sometimes. Not too mention hashtags (#something). What does it all mean? How do you use it? [Read more…]