Understanding the vernacular within the Twittersphere:
- Tweet: A 280-character message (can contain up to 4 pictures, a GIF, or a video)
- Retweet (RT): Re-sharing or giving credit to someone else's Tweet
- Like: Liking a Tweet indicates you appreciate it, tap the heart icon to like a Tweet
- Feed: The stream of Tweets you see on your homepage
- Handle: Your username; ie; @TomballISD
- Mention (@): A way to reference another user in a tweet and will create a link to that account. Users are notified when mentioned. This is a great way to conduct a public discussion
- Direct Message (DM): A private 280-character message between two people
- Follow: Subscribing to an account, this person's Tweets will show up in your feed
- Followers: Number of people who are following you
- Following: Number of people you are following
- Twittersphere: AKA Twitterverse: collective postings contained within the Twitter website
- Online Glossary: https://help.twitter.com/en/glossary
More about The Mention Symbol @:
- This is how Twitter categorizes username or Handle
- Click Tweet, then type @ and the handle you wish to mention. For example to mention Tomball ISD, type @T, then a list of Handles will appear, simply select the one you want to mention or continue typing @TomballISD.
- If you are with a group of people at an event and they are also present, consider mentioning them in your Tweet.
- Mentions are a great way to send praise or to call attention to a specific user or users
More about the Hashtag Symbol #:
- Categorize topics
- Keep everyone on the same page at a given event
- Easily searchable
- Examples: #TeamTomball #DestinationExcellence
Other helpful tips:
- If responding to another account and you want the Tweet to be seen on your timeline use a period at the beginning of the Tweet. Example: ".@TomballISD that book looks amazing!"
- Teachers and Campuses, make sure the students are approved (FERPA Law). If you're unsure, be safe with pics of the back of heads or close up of hands.
- Public events such as Sporting Events, Choir Concerts, and Art Shows are allowed, so please share and tag others in these type of events.
- Quick tips for new profiles: add a profile picture, header picture, update the bio, and start following the district and your school!