April 19, 2013

What We've Been Reading: How to Do Twitter


Just this week, (after much peer pressure) we've had at least one member of our team joining Twitter. With that, we realized that there are still a ton of people who aren't on the service and just as many who don't really know how to use it. So to help you out, we're putting a few tips together. Join us for the journey, won't you?

Business2Community: How To Avoid Sending An Embarrassing Tweet

Sending embarrassing tweets is one of the scariest things ever. Things just spreads so quickly -- particularly if you have a large following. So how can you prevent yourself from committing a major twitter faux-pas?

Social Media Today: 11 Rules of Twitter Etiquette You Need to Know

And if you (or anyone else you know on Twitter) needs a little more help on Twitter, try this one. Etiquette? What should you or should you not do? This list has it.

Rule #3: This rule is going to go against what most "tweeps" believe! Don't strive for followers. Strive for engagement. Ask people questions and engage with them! They'll like it. In the long run, you'll get more followers this way.

Medium: #Hashtags and #Language

Have you ever wondered where the hashtag came from and why it's so popular? Check out this post on Medium, and you'll find out.

But it wasn't until Twitter came along that the symbol found a place in the digital age. This fateful tweet from Chris Messina in 2007 is allegedly the first occurrence of the "hashtag." The idea was simple: by placing a "#" symbol directly in front of a word or phrase, a tweet would be classified into a group. For example: if I tweeted,

This #pizza is delicious!

The word "pizza" would link me to EVERY tweet about pizza. Ever.

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