Understanding Twitter Commands
What is Twitter?
Twitter is a free microblog, or social messaging tool that lets people stay connected through brief text message updates — up to 140 characters in length. Twitter is based on you answering the question what are you doing? You can post thoughts, observations and goings-on during the day in answer to that question. Your update can be posted on your Twitter profile page through SMS text messaging, the Twitter Web site, instant messaging, RSS, e-mail or through other social applications and sites, such as Facebook.
So, have you ever been on Twitter and found that you were a bit lost? Welcome to the club! Initial users on social network sites feel this same frustration. It’s almost as if one has to learn a whole new language, and in a way you do. Like when one first begins texting on a cell phone. First we began with complete sentences, fully grammatically correct. Then we transgressed to abbreviations. Next we noticed how other more experienced ‘Texters’ wrote back to us and began copying their styles. Finally, we begin to learn the nuances of this new code- the texting abbreviations- i.e. “OMG, LOL, LMAO, 411,911.”
Here’s a few more:
Too good to be true
Too much too handle
Too much information
You can get a lot more on Wikipedia.com and Webopedia.com / You may also ‘Google’ Twitter Dictionary: Understanding Twitter Abbreviations and Slang.
In the meantime I found some useful information for those of you Twitter-ites.
Do more than Tweet! Send these commands to Twitter:
FOLLOW username – Start following a user
UNFOLLOW username – Stop following a user
ON/OFF – Turn all Tweet notifications on or off
ON/OFF username – Set Tweet notifications for a user on or off (you’ll still be following them even if you set it to off)
GET username – Shows you the latest tweet from any user
RETWEET username – Retweet a user’s latest tweet
FAVORITE username – Favorite a user’s latest tweet
DM username your-message – Send a direct message to a user
Text Messaging on Twitter
Setting up your phone allows you to:
Send tweets with text messaging on your phone.
Receive texts for DMs and the tweets from users you want to be notified about.
Clicking the phone icon on a users profile page or your followers page sets Tweet notifications for that user.