Listening to other Tweeps
There are four ways to listen in Twitter and perhaps Spider was not alone (when she was a new tweeter) in only understanding the first one of them.
- If you follow another tweep, all their tweets appear in your news feed. They pop up in real time in a satisfying sort of a way, and if it is a wet afternoon this can be quite fun.
- If someone tweets to you then you will find it in your Connect tab. You will also receive an email but if you have a busy-busy email feed you may miss it… which is a shame because they meant this message just for you in a friendly way. It is easy peasy to do this (although spider confesses she didn’t really understand this until a kind teenager explained it to her) – you just put their Identity (that’s the name that starts with the @ sign) into the message somewhere.
- If someone direct messages you then you will get an email. Also the little envelope on your “me” tab will light up. This is a subtle sign and should really be accompanied by noisy trumpet fanfares because it means it is probably REALLY important! (If you want to Direct message someone then it has to be someone who follows YOU. Click on their name, and then the little human symbol underneath (see the picture on the left, which shows Spider just about to message @Dovesguide), and you will get a DM form you can use.
Messages here are limited to 140 characters too. These do not count as “tweets” and are private between the 2 of you.
- 4thly and not leastly, you can listen out for topics of interest which are found by typing into the little grey Search box at the top of the screen. Mostly topics begin with a hashtag (most important of these obviously is #bellringing) which means that the Twitter Engines have been busy building fast and efficient indexed searches of them and your results will be back in a pico-jiffy. You can put plain English (or Welsh or Cornish) words in here but the engines of searching will grumble and wheeze at you and take at LEAST a second to respond. Other fun hastags to look at at the one for your village, town, district etc… It’s worth finding out what #hashtag area you live in cos you can find out what’s going on.
Amanda on Twitter recommends this online (free) course if you want to learn more: http://moodle-rsc.ukc.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=76?username=guest
Have you got any advice for aspiring tweeps? Use the reply box below.