Feb 27

Twitter Basics

If your playing PinPoint, but need a little help with how to use Twitter, this post is for you!  Here are some basics you need to know in order to be on the road to winning that iPad!

Twitter Handles

A user’s “Twitter handle” is the username they have selected and the accompanying URL, like so:http://twitter.com/username.  When tweeting about a particular person, include their Twitter handle by prefacing it with the “@” sign.

  • example: With @rrodrigo at the Innovations conference in Philly!

If you have something to share with another Twitter user, again, preface their Twitter handle with the “@” sign as well.

  • example: Learning about Open Educational Resources at Innovations 2012, @rrodrigo should attend the next session!

hashtag imageHashtags

The # symbol is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users. Read more about hashtags.  Make sure to use the Innovations conference hashtag for everything you tweet while in Philly at Innovations 2012 — the conference hashtag is:  #INN12

  • example:  Win an iPad at Innovations 2012 by playing PinPoint! #INN12
  • example of a shorter way to say the same thing:  Win an iPad at #INN12 by playing PinPoint!

Hashtags also allow you to track the tweets being made by everyone using the same   hashtag (in our case, #INN12). To track a hashtag on the twitter website, log in to your twitter account. At the top of the page (toward the right), there is a search bar. Type in the hashtag you want to follow (#INN12). You will then get a list of all of the tweets that include the hashtag that we’ll be using for the conference. You can also follow the hashtag (#INN12) on twitterfall.com. You don’t need to log in in order to follow the hashtag. Simply find the Search bar (called “Searches”) on the left-hand side of the page, type in the hashtag and click “Add.” The feed will come in live without having to refresh the page. Need more help following the conference hashtag? Come see us at the Pinpoint table across from Registration (Level 5)!

retweet logoRetweets

Retweet (noun)

A Tweet by another user, forwarded to you by someone you follow. Often used to spread news or share valuable findings on Twitter. Find out more about retweets.

Retweet (verb)

To retweet, retweeting, retweeted. The act of forwarding another user’s Tweet to all of your followers.Find out more about retweets. Learn why you can’t retweet certain tweets.



Abbreviated version of “retweet.” Placed before the retweeted text when users manually retweet a message. See also Retweet. Find out more about retweets.


Still confused? Need more help? Come see us at the Pinpoint table across from Registration (Level 5)! Want to learn more about twitter and twitter tracking? You can either come see us, or check out the advanced twitter stuff.