What’s With the @’s?

Posted by Kent Beatty | Posted in Twitter | Posted on 19-07-2009

When you start using twitter you’ll notice a lot of tweets have @username in them.

@username tweet example

In the tweet above the “@kossover” & “@druckenmiller” are links. 

Since twitter is really a broadcast communication tool, users need a way to let the world know they’re writing to a specific person.  That’s where the @username comes in.  In the tweet above @suechil is asking a question. 

Tweets are public, so when you publish a tweet, it goes to all your followers and it’s a part of the public record of twitter.  Keep in mind that your conversation is being overheard by potentially the entire twitterverse. 

If you want to let a Twitter user know that you are talking directly to them, use their @username in the tweet.  The whole Twitter world can see your tweet, but it’s obvious that you’re having a conversation with that one person.

Using the @username in the tweet also makes sure the tweet shows up in their “Replies” area on their home Twitter page, or on their Tweetdeck Display.

Here’s an example of a tweet I sent yesterday to thank a twitter user for “Re-Tweeting” one of my tweets:

@username example 2

Remember that Twitter is a “conversation.”  It’s about engaging other Twitter users and conversing tweeting with them!

twitter_logoTwitter is a social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to post updates.

tweetdeck-logo    TweetDeck allows twitter users to display tweets from other twitter users in a unique columned user interface.  It can be used to group people together and to search across the twittersphere.

Feed Your Blog to Twitter – TwitterFeed

Posted by Kent Beatty | Posted in Blog Posts | Posted on 29-11-2008


twitter feed

Provide your blog’s RSS feed address to TwitterFeed and they will feed your posts to twitter.

twitterfeed example with red


Getting started – TwitterFeed

Here’s how to get your blog (or any other RSS or Atom feed) twittering:

  1. Create a new twitter user at twitter.com (or use your existing one)

    this twitter user is going to be the one posting your blog entries – twitterfeed needs to know your chosen twitter username and password so it can post your blog updates to your twitter account

  2. Login to twitterfeed using your OpenID

    OpenID is a standard for providing single sign on between web sites
    You can register your own OpenID for free, or may even be able to use your existing blog ID [more]

  3. Provide us with the URL for your blog’s RSS feed, and how often we should post to twitter

    Our server will check your blog’s feed at the specified interval and post any new items to your twitter account. You just sit back and relax!

Who Is Following You?

Posted by Kent Beatty | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 29-11-2008

from twitter grader

Are They Following You?

Enter a Twitter username to see if they are following you:

Just Tweet It – The Tweeter Directory

Posted by Kent Beatty | Posted in Directories | Posted on 29-11-2008

Just Tweet It

Just Tweet It Add Your Name