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How to Twitter: Day #1 Vocabulary

480px Twitter 2010 logo How to Twitter: Day #1 VocabularyHere comes the first day of my little Twitter introduction. I think everybody on my education (multimedia designers) should experience Twitter and know how to use it, because our education includes knowledge about internet branding and social media. Let’s start out from scratch. No really, this is aiming for the point of account creation. If you’re further and know the terms, just skip this part.

Twitter
Twitter is a microblogging service run by the Twitter Inc. It gives people the ability to share messages of exactly 140 characters.
Wikipedia says:

Twitter was produced in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey and launched in July. Since then Twitter has gained popularity worldwide and is estimated to have 200 million users, generating 65 million tweets a day and handling over 800,000 search queries per day.

tweet
A short message sent through twitter.

retweet
A retweet is a repetition of somebody else’ tweet, you chose to spread to your followers.

TL / timeline
A timeline is a chronical collection of tweets. Your timeline would consist of your tweets and retweets. Your friends timeline a collection of theirs and so on.

hashtag / tag
These are used to flag certain content that belongs to a specific topic or field. If I’d be tweeting about a new lense, I bought for my camera, I’d add #photography #lense #Tamron (just to make a point) and to make it easy to find for people, looking for tweets on a certain topic.

lists
You can create lists to sort people after location, topic or something you think connects them. Lists are followable, as persons.

For more basics, visit the twitter help center: http://support.twitter.com

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