Short and sweet, that is what Twitter is all about. Just the basics. It’s all about making a big impact with a small number of words. For example, you might want to pull a cool piece of data from a blog post rather than just use the post title in your tweet.
140 characters are allowed, but use 120 instead, which leaves room for people to add “RT @username” for retweets. (Retweeting is when users share someone else’s tweets.)
Retweets are a way of sharing the tweets you like. “Add RT @username” before the message for retweets. You can also @reply with your reaction to a tweet.
Mention other users by their Twitter usernames (preceded by the @ sign with no spaces) in your tweets. Mention a celebrity as they often respond to fans. You’ll see their response on your Mentions tab. Use this format to talk to others: @McDougallSocial Thanks for the cool Twitter info!
DM stands for direct message and this is how it’s done: DM username This is a message.
Follow people for them to follow you back, that’s going to end up being one of your main strategies for growing your reach on Twitter.
Favorite a tweet
Favoriting relevant tweets like following people is another way to gain more exposure on Twitter by getting your name out there more.
Categorize Tweets by keyword
- The hashtag symbol # before a relevant keyword or phrase (with no spaces in between) categorizes those tweets and helps them show up more easily in Twitter Search.
- Clicking on a hashtagged word in any tweet shows you all other tweets marked with that keyword.
- Hashtags can be placed anywhere in a tweet—at the beginning, middle, or end.
- Hashtagged words that become very popular are often trending topics.