Twitter asks one question and one question only: "What are you doing?" To answer this simply complex question, users can answer via the web, instant message or mobile texting within the 140 character limit. Example: Writing a blog post on Twittering.
But with only 140 characters, users must be mindful of the length of their tweet. For example, if I wanted to share the link to my blog post, I would exceed the 140 characters. However with the convenience of tinyurl.com, I have the option of making a long URL tiny. Example: http://phenixpublicity.blogspot.com/2009/04/twitter-dumb.html to http://tinyurl.com/cm8orx
Now that you know what to say and how to say it on Twitter, here are few more helpful hints to decoding tweets.
# - hashtag. Placed in front of terms to make it easier to search for on search.twitter.com
i.e., Sci-Fi authors at #Phenix Publicity
@ - reply. Indicates you are replying to a specific user or mentioning a user in your tweet
i.e., For more info about what's going on at #Phenix Publicity, check out @PhenixandPhenix
RT - retweet. A repost of someone else's tweet
i.e., @PhenixandPhenix tweets, "New children's author celebrates Earth Day April 22."
I want to post this tweet as my update: RT @PhenixandPhenix New children's author celebrates Earth Day.
So now, everyone go out and tweet away!
Still confused? Feel free to check out the sites below for more information:
Qwitter - A website allowing you to track when followers quit following you on Twitter
Ping.fm - A website which allows you to update all your social networks at one time
The Ultimate Guide to Everything Twitter - Great information with more glossary terms, Twitter etiquette, articles, applications and use with cell phones