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Article: mom, this is how twitter works. | not just for moms!

mom, this is how twitter works. | not just for moms!

mom, this is how twitter works.

Twitter is an online social networking tool in which users post 140 character updates of what is going on in their lives along with links to things they think are interesting, funny, or useful to their followers (“following” being essentially what “friending” is on other sites). People use twitter in many ways, some as a newsfeed by following prominent people or networks, some as a pseudo-chatroom by limiting their followers and whom they follow to close friends and family, and some as a microblog for updating people about the work they are doing and their personal lives.

twitter users

follows @mymom, @mybrother, and @mycat

follows @me and @mybrother

follows @me and @mymom

follows @me

follows @me, but I do not follow him

doesn’t follow any of us and we do not follow her

Twitter users choose who they do and do not follow. They have total control of what news they receive on their homepage. When I refer to your “homepage”, I’m referring to the feed that you see when signed into twitter containing your and your followers tweets. This is different from your personal twitter page ( which contains all of your tweets including your replies to other users. You can have an unlimited amount of followers, but only follow a select few people if you want, making it easy to stay in touch with the people you care to stay in touch with. (FYI these are fake twitter names, my (the author’s) actual twitter username is



who sees what

the person tweeting is pictured • their tweet is the large text
very important information is in red

Direct Messaging

Direct Messages are private tweets that are exchanged between two users that follow each other. You cannot direct message someone that does not follow you and vice versa. Direct messages are the only 100% private (to other twitter users / the general public) way to converse on twitter. “DM’s” are basically like emails that are limited to 140 characters per exchange. They are unsearchable on twitter.


Retweeting or “RT”ing is used when you want to forward along a tweet that someone else said to your followers. There are a few ways to do this. It is very easy on as th