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: http://twitter.com/username.
- 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., http://tiny.cc/, http://goo.gl/, http://bitly.com/, http://is.gd/, http://www.shorturl.com/.