In February, I posted an article stating why you should follow a few writers on Twitter, whether you are one or not. With that post, I included directions and a sort of old-school rpg type map (text). A few folks have found the information helpful, especially those new to Twitter. Giving my little Twitter How-To its own post just makes sense. So here it is. – Jess

Twittertown is full of fun people and places to visit.

Hashtags (#) are like movie theaters, ice skating rinks, and shopping malls. Basically they’re places where you’ll find tweets on any topic that interests you.

No matter your taste, there are likely at least five other people who are just as curious about #LoveStamp, #ExpediaChat, or pretty much anything else you may be into. And if you want to see what folks are talking about with regard to the premiere episode of Season 3,498 of The Walking Dead, check out #TWDlivetweet to read tweets from people who are doing exactly what the hashtag implies, live tweeting The Walking Dead.

To find tweets with a specific hashtag, type the hashtag into the search bar and off you go! The Twitter bus will deliver you directly to the land of those like you (in at least one regard).

The at symbol (@) is where you find your favorite tweople within their own comfy little homes. It’s their address in Twittertown. When you click on a person’s name or pic, the Twitter bus will drop you off at their front door, where you’ll find tweets tweeted and retweeted by them. And if you see something you like, click favorite. If you really like it, feel free to retweet so people can see it when they visit you.

If the Home thread seems like a big ole chaotic mess, that’s because it is. It’s like going to a bar in a big city where you know no one. You may meet a few friendly folks there, or you may end up wandering the city, drunk and alone and missing a shoe. Try the #Discover tab to find a hashtag that sounds interesting to you, or even make one up. It’s a much easier, relatively painless, way to meet people with similar interests. Like going to the library to find other folks who like to read.

When you start following people, if you really want to interact with these people on a fairly regular basis, create a list and add them to it. When you access your list, you’ll see a chronological list of Tweets from only those people on that list. I realize I’ve used the word “list” a lot, but I really can not emphasize enough the convenience of a list.

If you care about manners and such, check out your Interactions (and/or Mentions) page frequently so that you can, well, interact. This is where I spend most of my days, because almost all of my friends live in Twittertown.

I hope I’ve shed a bit of light on Twittertown for you. Feel free to drop by @West1Jess anytime, I’ve got plenty of coffee to go around and an infinite number of open seats.

Eagerly awaiting your arrival,

– Jess

Published in Random Rambling


Jessica West (West1Jess) is pursuing a state of self-induced psychosis (reading, writing, editing). She lives in Acadiana with three daughters still young enough to think she’s cool and a husband who knows better but likes her anyway.

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