One of the best social networking sites is Twitter. The only problem I have with it is that it just does so many things. While most know how to do the basics on Twitter, there exists some useful commands and keyboard shortcuts that make it even easier and better to use.
|@username||The @ sign placed before a username starts a conversation with the other user. This will place your tweet on the username Twitter page where it will be saved in their replies.
E.g. @maketecheasier This is a great cheatsheet
|#||The hashtag calls attention to certain words within your tweet. It's usually related to the context the tweet is referring to.
E.g. Are you looking forward to iOS7? #ios #apple
|RT||Stands for “RETWEET”. RT works the same as the Share button on Facebook. Placed in your tweet, it will share someone else's tweet with all of your followers.
E.g. RT @maketecheasier This is a great cheatsheet
|D||Placed before a username, it will send a private message to their device, but be saved in their web archive.
E.g. d @maketecheasier Can you send me this cheatsheet?
|WHOIS||Placed before a username, this displays the profile of that user.
E.g. WHOIS maketecheasier
|GET||Placed before a username, this displays the latest update by that person.
E.g. GET maketecheasier
|NUDGE||Placed before a username, this reminds the person to update.
E.g. NUDGE maketecheasier
|FAV||Placed before a username, this saves the user's last tweet as one of your favorites.
E.g. FAV maketecheasier
|STATS||This will tell you your stats, such as your number of followers, number of people you are following, and your bio.|
|INVITE||Placed before a phone number, it will send an SMS invite to their phone.
E.g. INVITE 1234567
Keyboard Shortcuts for Twitter
There are also a number of handy keyboard shortcuts that work along with Twitter to add into the Twitter User Guide. However, it should be noted that these don’t work along with apps or the mobile browser version (mobile.twitter.com), and there is no way to switch the view to the Desktop Version.
|?||Opens a pop-up containing keyboard shortcuts.|
|n||Opens up a dialog box to post a new status.|
|r||Replies to the tweet that is selected.|
|t||Retweets the reply that is selected.|
|m||Sends a direct message to a user.|
|/||Takes you to the search box|
|.||Moves you back to the top of the page and updates your feed.|
|g + h||Takes you to your Twitter home page.|
|g + r||Takes you to your Mentions (NOT Messages)|
|g + m||Takes you to your Direct Messages.|
Twitter has enough tools to become a very useful social networking site. The key is knowing your way around it and having the right tools to do it quickly. It doesn’t have to be confusing, and if you keep this Twitter User Guide handy, hopefully it will no longer be an issue.
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