The Undiscovered Country. Someplace even master Facebookers fear to tread. It's the Mordor of cyberspace. Cryptic little snippets squished between pound signs and approximation marks --
"Uh, Kim," you say.
(I cover the microphone for a second.) "What?"
"It's not called a pound sign anymore."
"Oh," I whisper, nonplussed. "Oh. I see. Right. So what is it, then?"
"A. Hash. Tag."
"What's it for?"
It gets better. Imagine my further consternation as I discover the delightfully compact @ symbol doesn't mean "kinda sorda maybe" anymore, but "HEY!" Yeah. People (Twitter ninjas) use this thing within their messages (or "tweets") so that their notes reach their intended parties (more Twitter ninjas).
In short, "@" is the "hello" of the information age.
Did I pay attention to any of this? Not really. Despite training from my own personal Twitter Ninjas, I just hopped on the Twitter and started, basically, Facebook statusing.
The Twitter Ninjas shook their heads at me in disgust and taught me a very important lesson:
If a tweet falls in the middle of the page, but there's no hashtag around it, does it make a noise?
And I get it now.
Snag the fellow Twitterer's attention with an @, write a clever snippet, then hashtag the conversation, the arena, the "interest hub" where I want the message to fall. Done. People don't need to follow me to see it. I don't need to follow them. No commitment. No awkward morning after silence. It's just wham, bam, thank you for smart quip, ma'am. So simple, it's GD genius.
Tell you what, though - sticking to 140 characters is some damn challenging. But there one finds still more beauty - use the words of the tweet itself as a hashtag for more succinct, economical tweeting.
OR, you got a long link you wanna post? Go to bitly.com to shrink your link faster than that new cotton tee you accidentally washed on hot. Stick that in your 140 character bank and smoke it.
What about you? Are you on Twitter?
If yes, you know the joy and the addiction that is "The Twitter." So follow me already! @K_W_Keith
If no, it's fun, I promise. I'll even prove it to you. Tweet me @K_W_Keith with this: What would Solana tweet to Raine after the end of Chapter Three? And vice versa?
Here's an example:
SolanaNYT @BossRSM You'll be my #Pulitzer, sir. #ISawWhatYouDid
Twitter ninjas, show 'em how it's done. Go ahead and throw your ideas up there, too!
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