Twitter for Beginners
An excellent presentation by Paul Bradshaw, Course Director of the MA Online Journalism at Birmingham City University’s (UK) School of Media, explaining why and how you should give Twitter a try.
An embedded slideshow presentation about Twitter for Beginners.
Getting Started with a Twitter Account
A really good video tutorial demonstrating how to register for a Twitter account, how to update your Twitter status, and how to start following other Twitter users.

Twitter Basics For New Users
A good video tutorial covering the basics of using the Twitter interface: how to update your status, monitor your Twitter stream, create and follow a hashtag, and reference another Twitter users.
Twitter Terminology
The list of Twitter-related terms grows almost daily, but these are the key terms with which you should become familiar.
  • Follow: To subscribe to another Twitter user's Tweet feed.
    • Followers: Twitter users who subcribe to your Twitter feed.
    • Following: Twitter users to whom you subscribe.
  • Hashtag: Community-driven and created keywords or concatenated terms preceded with the # symbol.
    •  Used to tie together Tweets pertaining to a common subject or event.
    • (Ex: "#alamw10" for Tweets pertaining to the the ALA MidWinter 2010 conference).
    • (Ex: "#CUSF" for Tweets pertaining to, or of interest to, the Cal State Fullerton community).
    • (Ex: "#highed" for Tweets about, or pertaining to, higher education topics).
  • Lists: Community-driven groups of Twitter users that you can share with others or keep private.
  • Mention: To reference or attribute another Twitter user.
    • To reference another user: (ex: "I'm studying @pollaklibrary right now.").
    • To paraphrase or credit another usere's Tweet (ex: "Good reserach guides via @pollaklibrary.").
  • Reply: To Respond or pose a question to another Twitter user.
    • (Ex: "@pollaklibrary What time do you close tonight?").
    • (Ex: "@pollaklibrary I love your chat reference service!").
  • ReTweet (RT): Forwarding another user's Tweet (Twitter has recently changed this format, or syntax):
  • Status: The original purpose of a Tweet: what you are doing, thinking, or sharing.
  • Tweet: A single text post to Twitter up to 140 characters long, delivered at a user's Status.

Eager to learn more Twitter lingo? Check out Mashable's Twitterspeak: 66 Twitter Terms.

Twitter @ and d messages - who can see what?
Matrix illustrating which type of Twitter messages (@ and d) can be seen by other Twitter users, by the public, and in Twitter search.

NOTE: Best viewed in a larger size. Click on the image to enlarge.

Twitter @ and d messages - who can see what?

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