The use of Twitter

LSE listed academic tweeters and provided a short guide to using Twitter in university research, teaching, and impact activitie.

There are many good guides to helping you use Twitter.  I listed some basic tips:

  • Within a Tweet, if you need to refer to another user, you prefix his or her user name with the “@” sign. For example, “@11jin” refers to the Twitter username “11jin”.
  •  If you know someone’s user name, you can find their latest tweets with the URL:
  • When a Tweet starts with a username, it is a public message to that Twitter user.
  • If a Tweet starting with “D” followed by “@” and user name, it is a private messages from one Twitter user to the other.
  • Any word starting with the “#” hashtag indicates the subject of the tweet.
  • Any Tweet starting with “RT” indicates you are re-broadcasting someone else’s Tweet.
  • You can use FAV <username> to mark a person’s last twitter as a favorite and causes the message to show up in your “Favorites” tab.
  • You can use INVITE <phone number> to send an SMS to invite to a friend’s mobile phone. For example, Invite 07878787878.
  • You can use STATS to get your number of followers, how many people you’re following, and your setting information.
  • Use URL Shorteners to shorten your links. There are plenty services: e.g.,,,,

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