Communicating with others is easy with Twitter. You don’t have to know any one’s email address or mobile phone number. There are many reasons why you would to communicate with others.
- Build relationships with your personal or professional learning network, colleagues or co-learners
- Teachers, lecturers, professors, trainers and students/learners can communicate with one another
One-to-one contact can quickly be made, or you can communicate with all your followers at once.
To send a tweet to all your followers
Just type the tweet in less than 140 characters and send your message.
(Note: if you want to add symbols, you can use this unicode map)
To address a tweet to someone
Add @ in front of their Twitter name (e.g. @c4lpt I agree)
- If you put the @username at the beginning of the tweet, all your followers who also follow that person will receive the tweet
- If you put the @username within the tweet (e.g. if you want to refer to someone in your tweet), all your followers will see it regardless of whether they follow that person or not
- In all events the tweet will appear on your timeline
To send a private message to someone
The difference with private or direct messages (known as DMs) is that you can ONLY send them to people who are following you. This also means you can ONLY receive them from people you are following.
Add d in front of their Twitter name, e.g. d c4lpt how are you?
- Only the person will receive the tweet – and also as an email
- It will not appear on your timeline.
To re-tweet someone’s tweet
If you are re-posting the complete tweet from someone else, add RT or Retweeting before the username.
If you are changing the tweet somehow then add via before the username.
Tweeters often add their own comments to a re-tweet, and mark it off from the original tweet with symbols like << or ||
Tip! To see a list of your tweets that have been re-tweeted recently, go to http://twitter.com/retweeted_of_mine
Conversations on Twitter are not threaded but linear. If you’d like to see your conversations thread, try these 3rd party Twitter apps:
Other Twitter applications
Other twitter applications that add extra communication functionality include