If you're relatively new to Twitter, or even if you're not, you may have noticed quite a few symbols floating around here and there.
While they may seem like gibberish at first, they really do convey certain things while you're posting in Twitter.
So let's take a look at some of the more common Twitter symbols, what they are and how you can use them too.
The "@" symbol. This is very common and you'll likely see people using it every day when they make updates. This symbol is often found directly in front of another Twitter username. This means that the person who made this post is directly referring to that specific individual. So, for example, if you wanted to reference someone that had the name "bluesky" then you would type @bluesky.
You can also hover over the post that you want to reference and you'll see a link that says "Reply" which will automatically fill their name for you; saving you the time of having to type it yourself.
The "#" tag. This is commonly referred to as the hashtag but sometimes is called simply the "pound symbol". This references either an event that's currently happening, or a specific topic. For instance, at certain times during the year, eZineArticles.com holds an event called "A Hundred Articles in One Hundred Days" and they've set up a specific hashtag (#HAHD) so that you can follow others who are also participating in this event who use the specific hashtag that's been set up for the event.
You can also head to http://search.twitter.com and enter in a hashtag to see who else is referring to it. And this holds true for virtually any topic you want to search on. Try searching on your own personal interests, for example: #gardening, #seo, #affiliatemarketing, #coffee, #cake and see what comes up.
RT - RT is the shortened version of "ReTweet". You would use this if you wanted to tell your followers what someone else had said. So if you're friend posted "Today we went to the pool." and you wanted your friends to know about it, you would enter in your status update "RT @yourfriendsname Today we went to the pool.".
Now, Twitter has updated their program so that instead of having to type this all out (which you still can do by the way), all you need to do is hover your mouse over the persons post whom you want to retweet and click the "Retweet" link. Twitter will then ask you if you want to retweet that specific post to all of your followers and if you do, just click the "yes" button.