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Social Media University: Twitter

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Twitter is a microblogging type of social media. It is a real-time network of information, that within 140 characters (or fewer) users can be connected to and share the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news.

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Twitter in Plain English

Interacting with Twitter

Third-Party Web Apps (TPWAs)
75% of Twitter traffic originates from third-party apps. 60% of all tweets come from third-party apps. There are over 100K Twitter apps.

TPWAs are used to access Tweets and other Twitter data. Seesmic and Hootsuite are examples of third-party apps.

Mobile Devices (i.e., iPhone or Android)
Almost every Twitter component is available on mobile devices and some operating systems, including iPhone, iPad, Mac OS, Android, Windows Phone, etc. Additionally, by linking your Twitter account to your mobile phone number, you can receive and write tweets via text message. Learn how to use Twitter via SMS.

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Twitter Chats

A Twitter chat is a conversation around a unique hashtag (#). This hashtag allows you to participate in and follow the discussion. Twitter chats are usually recurring and on a specific topic to regularly connect people with these particular interests.

(Source: 15 Essential Twitter Chats for Social Media Marketers)

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Twitter Basics

A message posted via Twitter containing 140 characters or fewer.

Twitter Timeline
Tweets occur in a timeline, a long stream showing all Tweets from those you have chosen to follow on Twitter.

Direct Message (DM)
A private message sent via Twitter. You can only send a DM to a user who is following you; you can only receive direct messages from users you follow.

A Tweet posted in reply to another user's message, usually posted by clicking the "reply" button next to their Tweet in your timeline. Always begins with @username.

Mentioning another user in your Tweet by including the @ sign followed directly by their username is called a "mention". Also refers to Tweets in which your username was included.

The # symbol is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet.

A Tweet by another user, forwarded to you by someone you follow. Often used to spread news or share valuable findings on Twitter.

For more Twitter vocabulary, visit the Twitter glossary.