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On today’s Tech Help for Churches, Twitter: DMs, Hashtags, Mentions, Favorites, and RTs| Tech Help for Churches[tweet “There are certain twitter conventions that you need to understand in order to use the service effectively.”]
Short for “direct message.” This is how you speak privately with others on Twitter. For it to be a two-way conversation, each party needs to follow the other.
Prefaced by the pound symbol “#”. Used in two ways, hashtags either allow other to communicate about the same thing or allow people to make comment on the tweet they’re sending.
Mentions (aka “@ replies”)
A more public way to talk to someone on Twitter. If the tweet starts with the “@username” syntax, only people following both parties will see it. To get around this, people often preface conversations with a “.” before the @.
Used either to bookmark a way to show approval. Not as big a sign of approval as a RT because only the person who favorites it and the original poster knows about it.
Retweets (aka RTs)
Shows that you like a tweet. Shares a person with all of those who follow you an spreads their message. Used to use “RT” but now just uses a dedicated RT button in the twitter interface. Also, a good way to filter followers who retweet things you object to.
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