How to Tweet

How to Tweet

Staying connected

Twitter is a great tool for connecting with others, but once you begin following people and writing tweets of your own keeping up with the flow of information can feel overwhelming. The @Connect tab allows you to stay connected with your followers and keep track of conversations.

A screenshot of TwitterThe @Connect tab

Interactions

The Interactions buttons in the left navigation pane provides a custom timeline that will let you know whenever someone favorites one of your tweets, mentions your user name, retweets a post, or begins following your tweets.

A screenshot of TwitterViewing Twitter interactions

Mentions

If you click the Mentions button in the left navigation pane, you will see if anyone has mentioned you on Twitter recently. The stream of updates on Twitter can move quickly, so it's easy to overlook a tweet that was addressed to you or lose the thread of a conversation all together. The Mentions tab keeps all of your mentions and conversations in one place.

A screenshot of TwitterViewing @ Mentions

Having a conversation

Conversation is a big part of Twitter for some users. By now, you've probably noticed that Twitter user names are always preceded by the @ symbol, also known as an @Mention. When you mention someone's user name on Twitter, it's simply a way of referencing that person, perhaps to start (or continue) a conversation, cite that individual in an update, or copy him or her as you would in an email. It's easy to have a short conversation on Twitter using the @Mention feature and Twitter's built-in conversation tools.

To start a conversation:

  1. Click Reply just above a tweet in your timeline.
    A screenshot of TwitterStarting a conversation
  2. A pop-up window will appear with the @mention already included. Type your message, then click Tweet.
    A screenshot of TwitterComposing the tweet

To reply:

  1. If you want to respond to an @mention, click Open to view the full conversation, or click the In reply to link.
    A screenshot of TwitterOpening a conversation
  2. The full conversation will appear in the timeline. Click Reply to tweet a response.
    A screenshot of TwitterReplying to an @Mention
  3. A pop-up window will appear with the appropriate @mention already included. Type your reply into the text box, then click Tweet.
    A screenshot of TwitterComposing a reply
  4. You can view the reply in your timeline. Because Twitter shows only the most recent reply in a conversation, this feature is best used for a quick exchange rather than a long discussion.
    A screenshot of TwitterThe continued conversation

To curate a longer conversation on Twitter, you can use Storify, which allows you to pull together a list of tweets and other social media to create a "story."