This was taken from another thread, but I wanted to share it with everyone... (http://www.pacersdigest.com/showthre...36#post1081936)
PD Twitter 101- By duke dynamite
Welcome to twitter 101. I am Professor Dynamite.
First off, the basics...
You choose a username, for instance mine is dukedynamite. Whenever someone wants to "mention" me, or write to me, they put the @ symbol in front of my username. That grabs my attention, unless I am not following that user. If I am following that user, it will show up in my news feed. If I am not, I have to click on my mentions feed.
Okay, so say I want to mention or say something to Roy Hibbert. I type in the "What's Happening" blank something like this:
@Hoya2aPacer Nice game last night, Roy! Keep up the good work!
That will show up to everyone who follows me, and it will show up in Roy's mentions feed. (Unless he is following me, and it will show up in both that and his main news feed.) You also notice that who wrote the tweet, their name is above the actual tweet.
So we have mastered the basics of mentioning. Now on to hash tags (#).
A hash tag (#) is when someone wants to have something they say viewed by many people, and get put in a pool of many other people hopefully mentioning the same thing.
At the #Pacers game tonight. I hope Roy dominates the paint!
Okay. So everyone following me will see that, and it will get thrown into a pool of other people mentioning #Pacers at that time. Usually things become "trended topics" and they are the most common hash-tagged words/phrases of the day. Most of the time it's news stories, etc.
*One cool thing about Hash tags is that they turn into hyperlinks. If you click on the hyperlink it created of your hash tag, you will be taken to a live feed of everyone else who has recently mentioned the same thing you did, if at all any.
Finally, you might ask yourselves, what does this "RT" mean? That means ReTweet. This is when you see something come up from one of your followers, or some random tweet, and you want everyone who follows you to see it.
Say Roy has nice words on how well Area55 did one night during a game. Here is how it would probably go:
Good job to #Area55 tonight! You guys were loud and proud!
(See what I did there, I added a Hash tag there, so anyone who is interested in #Area55 can see that Roy tweeted his praise.)
Alright. That's the first step. On Roy's tweet you will see a recycle-looking arrow. You will click that. It will ask to confirm. Click ReTweet.
So, now the tweet will show up coming from you, but ReTweeted. It will look like this:
RT @Hoya2aPacer: Good job to #Area55 tonight! You guys were loud and proud!
So there you have it, I hope this quick tutorial of twitter helps you understand what is going on. To someone unfamiliar with the system it could look like gibberish and a bunch of random words, but it should become more clear after reading through this.
DISCLAIMER: The above tutorial was no way in any form quotes derived from tweets or actual tweets from Roy Hibbert (@Hoya2aPacer)