I told a great big fib.
And so, I officially retract my previous statements about never using Twitter (insert full body shudder here). All this time, I have been “talk to the hand-ing” Twitter, and it turns out I have been TWEETING all along, thanks to some inter-webby link that I didn’t know existed.
Anyway, I apologise. It was never my intention to deceive you all. And I fully intend to make things right. I am even learning how the Twitterverse works, so that I can
tweet Elizabeth Hurley and beg her to read my book really take full advantage of this social media tool.
As a start, I have a gift for all those out there who are twitterfraid, like I was.
Below, is all you need to know about Twitter. The Formal Definitions as well as my shortened version:
TWITTER: an online social networking service and microblogging (see previous posts for definition of blog) service that enables its users to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters, known as “tweets”.
Melissa’s Definition: Scary place. Very big.
TWEET: A post on Twitter
Melissa’s Definition: 140 characters of unbreakable code
@ : the necessary marker for the system to recognize when you’re talking to someone and therefore alert them of the mention.
Melissa’s definition: The symbolic equivalent of “Yo!”
# (HASH TAG): When coupled together with a word or phrase, it helps to produce a sentiment that could be regarded at the theme of the tweet itself without all the extra characters.
Melissa’s Definition: What does that EVEN mean???
RT: Retweet – broadcasting someone else’s message.
Melissa’s definition: Copy & Paste
Now, as to the abbreviations! I have only just gotten used to the Facebook LOL, LMAO, OMG, ROTFL, etc, and now I discover this…. Twitter, in its uniqueness, has a language all of its own. Here are a few to guide
me you along:
TBH: To be honest
OH: Overheard (HOW do you overhear something on Twitter???)
ICYMI: In case you missed it
SMH: Shaking my head
TL;DR: Too long, didn’t read (Ooh, I’m sensing I might get a lot of these, due to inter-webby thingy linking very long FB statuses)
There you have it! Twitter 101… you can thank me later!
And seeing as I am now officially part of the Twitterverse, could you maybe….
I’d really appreciate it, y’all!
Added 4 hours later:
Twitter is SO ON TO ME. Just got this in my mail! Specially selected, they say.. don’t tell your friends, they say. So just say you OH it 😉