Twitter For Dummies, 3rd Edition
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Twitter is a social networking platform with unique ways to engage with your network. As such, terms used to describe actions you can take on Twitter may not be in your usual vocabulary. This brief overview of these digital terms may help.

Task Command
@mention By placing the @ symbol in front of a username, you can tag another user in your Tweet.
@reply By starting your Tweet with @username, you can reply publicly to a single user.
Direct message (DM) A private message can be sent directly to a user on Twitter who is already following you.
Follower A follower is someone who follows you on Twitter and sees your updates on his home feed (Your home timeline displays a stream of Tweets from accounts you have chosen to follow on Twitter).
Retweet (RT) This is a way for someone to share a Tweet from another user's account.
Hashtag Using the # symbol in front of any word or phrase tags your Tweets. When someone clicks that hashtag, she sees your Tweet along with everyone else's Tweets using that same term.

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Laura Fitton was one of the first marketers to discover the value of Twitter for businesses and society. She founded Twitter app store oneforty.com and sold it to HubSpot. She’s now Inbound Marketing Evangelist for Hubspot. Anum Hussain speaks to thousands on how to effectively use social media - in classrooms, at conferences and even alongside Twitter’s Small Business Team. Brittany Leaning writes about social media strategy for HubSpot’s 1.6 million readers and has managed accounts for several well-known brands.

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