There are a lot of people that are starting to use Twitter and do not yet understand what all the symbols mean. How do we use these symbols to our advantage? Read below to get a basic understanding of what Twitter symbols can do.@
The @ symbol is used to reply to another user on Twitter or reference to another user or message on Twitter. This is great for talking to people or companies directly on Twitter. You show that you are going out of your way to be personal. In B2B, this can be a good tool for developing social conversation directly.
@Socialexpert your article on social media best strategies was great!
cfictum @jenniferkels read this page on twitter symbols www.biturlsls.com# - referred to as a hashtag
This symbol is used to designate a topic. You would use this to maintain a conversation on one topic. For example. If I wanted to talk about the health care bill I could start a topic and label it in this manner -
What do you think we should do about #healthcare? www.bitourlsw.com
This # tag would allow others to search for health care and locate my conversation. Also, if I wanted to engage friends, all they have to do it repeat the #healthcare and the conversation will be linked to all users that are engaged with that specific conversation. This is very beneficial for search visibility. Also if you want to get a reaction from people on your topic it is important that you use a # tag because it will organize the conversation and encourage others to jump in.
RT stands for Re-Tweet. This is just a way of giving another user credit for their tweet (posted message).
If your Twitter name is kylek and I liked your tweet on micro-blogging I would tweet:
RT @kylek (follwed by kylek's tweet)
RT @kylek Ways to improve your micro-blogging strategy - www.biturla.com
The RT tag is great for showing people and companies that you care about what they have to say. Twitter is no different than other social media in that it is a place for 2 way conversation. Back and forth communication is important. Don't forget to give some other businesses and people credit for their great posts or tweets.