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Twitter: What a great tool and easy to use.

Twitter Marketing: With just 140 characters to tweet your message, this social minisite really packs the punch. Find out how to use it properly.  What is the proper way to tweet and how do you update your profile correctly. We have the answers.

7 Terms You Must Know For Effective Twitter Marketing.


Even though Twitter is one of the most popular and commonly used social media platforms, it has its own jargon and exclusive space on the Internet. You can’t compare any other social media website out there to it. So, for someone who is just starting out on Twitter, it can be confusing to see all these Twitter terms being tossed around.

Here’s a list of some of the most common terms used there, along with a brief description to help you understand them better:

  1. Tweet

A tweet is the name of a “post” made on Twitter. You can create tweets in the status bar that’s on your Twitter homepage and you can also include links in them. However, 140 characters is the limit for a tweet, so they must be brief.

  1. @ = Reply

If someone has tweeted a public message to you, you can reply back by hitting the “reply” button or use the @ symbol and type someone’s username to reply to them.

  1. RT = Retweet

One of the best ways to add content to your Twitter profile is to retweet other people’s posts. Before posting your retweet, add the RT abbreviation so that your followers know that what you posted is a retweet.

  1. # = Hashtags

Hashtags are a must-have on your tweets as they are a big part of communicating on Twitter. Hashtags are important because these are keywords that are used to find similar posts on Twitter’s search engine. For instance, if you have a post about smartphones, you would use a hashtag for it like this: #smartphone. Twitter users who search for “#smartphone” may see your tweet.

  1. M = Direct Message

This keyboard shortcut is a way for you to send a private message to one of your followers or another Twitter user. Just hit the “m” key on your keyboard, and a message box will pop up. Add the username you’d like to message to with an @ in front of it to send your message.

  1. Twitpic

Twitpic is a popular third party media sharing website that allows Twitter users to post and share images and photos to their followers. Many Twitter members use this application for all their media usage, and you’ll also find hashtags for #twitpic.

  1. Bitly

Since tweets can only contain 140 characters, Bitly is a great way to shorten your links; it is used by most Twitter users.

Every website has its own language, so make sure that you stay up-to-date about any new Twitter lingo. Over time, Twitter can have trending terms, and you’ll want to know them so that you can fit in with the rest of the Twittersphere – but only if it relates to your business.

For now, the seven terms mentioned in this article should be enough to help you get started when it comes to posting on Twitter Marketing.

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