When you’re just getting started, Twitter can be a little confusing with all the terminology people use. From tweets to mentions and handles, there are a lot of simple words that take on different meanings when it comes to Twitter. Here’s a breakdown of some of the most popular Twitter terminology.
A Twitter handle is the unique name that people use to find your Twitter profile. When people say their Twitter handle, they typically say “at” before their handle; this is written as “@
[your handle]”. Your Twitter handle is also used in the URL for your profile page, where you can find it after the “/” at the end of the Twitter URL.
When you start an account, take some time to find a good handle that’s not too complex. You want a Twitter handle that’s easy to type and read, so try to avoid overusing numbers or special characters.
Hashtags are one of the most important aspects of Twitter, especially if you’re a brand trying to reach a larger audience. Each hashtag starts with “#” followed by a single word or combination of words. When a Twitter user clicks a hashtag, they can look at all the recent Tweets that have used that hashtag. Using hashtags in tweets can help you reach a larger audience, including people who don’t follow you.
When someone sees a post they like, they can express that by clicking the “Like” button. The “Like” button is a small, heart-shaped button that’s found beneath every tweet. When a person likes a tweet, the number of likes is displayed next to the heart. People can look at what others have liked on Twitter, and those liked posts will even show up on the timelines of users who don’t follow you from time to time.
When a person types “@” followed by your Twitter handle, you get a notification when the tweet is sent; this is known as mentioning someone. It’s common for big brands to mention celebrities in their posts, whether they’re working on an ad campaign together or simply trying to engage with another profile.
Keep in mind that mentions can be annoying if you overuse them. For the best results, you should try to use mentions somewhat sparingly.
A quote tweet is like a quote from the old days of forums. When you quote a tweet, you’re sharing the original tweet and adding your own thoughts to it. You might use a quote tweet to voice an opinion or respond to your customers in public. When you quote a tweet, it’s shown on your timeline as one of your tweets.
Quote tweets can be a great way to interact with your customers and jump into conversations to help grow your Twitter presence. Simply quoting a tweet and sharing your opinion on a topic can give your brand a big boost.
If you simply want to share a tweet without adding any of your own thoughts, you can retweet it. The retweet button is the same as the quote tweet button; you’ll be given the option between retweeting and quote tweeting once you click the button. If you choose to retweet a tweet, this button should turn green and you should be good to go.
While retweets can be a good way to share valuable content with your followers, try to avoid spamming your timeline with retweets.
A Twitter thread is a group of several related tweets. People use threads to have a slightly longer conversation about a topic, with some threads including more than a dozen tweets. If you have strong feelings about something or you want to share some valuable information with customers, threads can help you provide a little more detail.