I’ve been asked a few times lately about some odds and ends on Twitter so I thought I’d explain in a bit more detail as it made me realise that it’s not always that simple or obvious. We all had to start somewhere plus isn’t it better if we can learn earlier rather than later what it’s all about? I covered a few things in my past blog posts but this is possibly more in-depth. This is part one of a few blog posts about stuff I’ve been asked.
Why do some tweets have a . (full stop) before them?
When you tweet someone you normally put their name first, for example if I tweeted,
@ballymountaccs How are you doing today?
In this tweet only people following me AND ballymountaccs will see the tweet. So I may have 3400 followers and he may have 90. Only the ones of his 90 following me TOO will see the tweet. Not that many therefore. Doesn’t really matter though depending what is being tweeted.
Some people may be tweeting someone and want all their followers to see the tweet – for whatever reason. So they will put something before the @ sign. For example,
How are you doing today? @ballymountaccs
Anything before the @ will work, hence why you are seeing a dot maybe, more subtle. For those with a lot of followers it’s more prevalent that they may put something before the @ in order to help get followers for the person they are tweeting.
What is Follow Friday?
On Friday’s lots of tweeters recommend other tweeters to follow. They do that by putting the hash tags, #ff or #followfriday in the tweet. A hash tag is the symbol # before a word – you’ll see lots of them on twitter. The hash tag #ff or #followfriday can be searched on Twitter to see who is worth following. Bearing in mind the paragraph above I see some #ff’s that aren’t actually doing the job because all they are doing is tweeting that person and anyone already following them. For example if I tweet:-
@ballymountaccs, @canavan_byrne, @irishsmiley, @nialldevitt Great people to follow #ff
This will only be seen by people already following those 4 accounts. So what’s the point? However if I had tweeted:-
#ff @ballymountaccs, @canavan_byrne, @irishsmiley, @nialldevitt Great people to follow
This would be seen by everyone following me because the #ff starts the tweet, which is the point of the exercise. As an aside I think the best #ff ‘s are ones that explain why that person should be followed – not just a list. I tend to only look at the recommendation if I know why that person is worth following. For example:-
#ff @ballymountaccs is great guy to follow as he really knows his stuff and is a nice accountant too
There is the new option on Tweetdeck and possible other apps to run real-time streaming which then allows you to see everyone your twitter friends are tweeting whether you follow them or not. However the streaming moves very fast and is off-putting especially to those following a lot of people so it’s rarely switched on. Also if you look at someone’s profile on Twitter you will see all their tweets too.
I hope the above is some help to you. Please just ask and if I can answer any twitter questions then I will. The next post is about Retweets – what they are and how to make sure you’re more likely to get Retweets. So please sign up to the RSS feed or check back soon.
PS. The shameless plugging of @ballymountaccs is actually because he is a nice guy and worth a follow. 🙂