Hello there! Have you been struggling with the different lingo used on Twitter? Well, this glossary is sure to help you feel ready to conquer whatever gets thrown your way. Enjoy!
The first thing that you will probably notice in the site is that the hashtag is often in use. People will
be talking about a football match, going back and forth as to what team is likely to win the game and they
will use this symbol to continue the conversation.
Another commonly used sign is the @ which is visible in your username. Suppose your username is @glossary, anyone who wants to mention you in a post will use the @ sign followed by your name, and you will thus get a notification that someone has mentioned you in a tweet. Also, if they wish to link your profile in a text or send you a message, they will use this sign. How creative is that?
As stated before, the @ symbol is present in your username. This name is what other people call you while
on the site. It is your identifier, and no two people can share the same name.
However, there are similarities in the names such that though you may be @glossary, there could be a user by the name @glossary1. It is thus essential to know the names of the people you follow; else you could end up tagging the wrong person in a tweet. It might not end well. However, positivity in mind, you could end up getting a new fan.
Who are you? What are your interests? What are you looking to find on Twitter? Can you answer these
questions in 160 characters or less? Well, your bio requires that you be straight to the point. Things such
as personal trainer, human rights activist, blogger, and other descriptions work great in the bio. The idea
is to give someone a quick glimpse into your life.
Is there someone whose tweets you would rather not see? It could be that there is a person who likes
attacking you by tagging you on mean posts or commenting harshly on what you write. The good thing about
this uncomfortable situation is that there is a way out. Yes, you do not have to sit there and take it, and
you can opt out by blocking them.
Maneuvering your way through numerous profiles as you try to find old friends as well as people with whom
you share an interest is no easy fete. You can choose to do away with all the hard work by counting on this
feature which quickly connects you to accounts in which you may have an interest.
Sometimes, taking a break from social media does one a whole lot of good. If you are at that point where
you need to unplug and focus on something else, you can easily do so through deactivation.
Once you take this step, you cannot access your feed for thirty days. If at the end of this period you are still leaning towards doing away with the account, you can do so.
Tweeting is exciting as you get to have reactions from a large audience, and this adds on to the fun of
interaction. However, you may find that the nature of the topic you are about to discuss is not suitable for
the public. You may be reconnecting with a long lost friend, and you may need their contacts.
Someone tells you to ‘follow’ them on Twitter, and you can’t help but wonder what they mean. It is pretty
easy as they are asking you to subscribe to their posts and all you need is to click on the ‘follow’ prompt
on their profile. With this out of the way, you can see what they post as it will appear on your homepage.
They can also send you direct messages if they wish.
Once you start gaining traction on the site, you can attract an audience. Anyone who subscribes to your
tweets is a follower with whom you can interact on your posts and direct messages. Note that you should be
polite to people who read your posts.
As you gain a large audience on the site, you will become vulnerable to hacking. An easy way to describe
this would be a situation where another person gains unauthorized entry to your account. Often, when people
do this, they start posting things that you usually would not do.
This feature has become popular over time. It allows people to know where you were when you posted
something on your page. However, it has its downsides. Supposing you tweet a lot, it is probably not a good
idea to use this option often.
It enables people to track your trends, and you never know what people may have in store for you as not everyone has good intentions. Sometimes, it is better to keep them guessing. A little mystery inevitably goes a long way, especially when it comes to social media.
Now that your followers have a sneak peek into your life, what would you like to show them? The photo that appears on your profile says a lot about you and a careful selection is thus necessary. Suppose you are all about sports, having a packed stadium as your photo points to your interests. It all depends on what your interest is in the site.
Now let’s get a little earnest. First things first, you should know that pretending to be someone you are
not is a violation of the site’s rules. In this age of social media where people live two lives, it is easy
to get carried away with the pretense.
However, it has to stop somewhere, and that is none other than on this site. Any fake accounts get deleted. But if you are looking to have some light moments, you can always set up a parody account, something which is not against the rules.