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What does RT mean, and a few other Twitter tips and tricks

Question: When someone puts RT before your name on a tweet, what does that mean?

Answer: RT means "retweet". It's similar to forwarding an email to someone else, but in this case you're forwarding a tweet to anyone who is following your updates on Twitter.

RT's are used when you find something interesting that someone else said, and you want your Twitter followers to read it (because your network is probably different then the network of the original Twitter poster).

Here are a few other useful Twitter shortcuts:

Direct Messages

Adding d in front of a twitter address (e.g. d@rickysays) will send your message directly to that person in the form of a private direct message that won't be visible to anyone else.

Direct messages are great for taking Twitter conversations offline that are private or too detailed for a broader audience.

Editing a Tweet

Sorry, there's no way to edit tweets. Once they're out there, they're out there.

But don't stress too much about things like typos or abbreviations. Twitter users are very good at figuring out what you're trying to say, even if you've highly abbreviated your message.

Posting Pictures

At the time of this writing, Twitter doesn't offer any built-in support for posting pictures. However, you can use a free service like TwitPic to store your photos and post links in Twitter.

Once you create your TwitPic account, just enter your Twitter user name and password to get an email address you can send pictures to as file attachments. The email subject is the tweet that will show up in Twitter (no email body needed), along with a link to the photo that you attached to the email message.

If you're using Twitterrific on your iPhone, it also has a built-in feature for posting pictures as a tweet - using existing pictures or letting you take a new one on the spot.

Shortening URLs

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Linking to an Individual Twitter Post

I'm hooked on Twitter. It's grown into much more than even it's original charter ever dreamed, which was (quoted directly from their sign-in page):

"Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?"

Twitter has evolved into a place where people post (aka. "tweet") not only what they're doing, but what they think about any topic under the sun, resources they've found interesting, photos they've snapped from their mobile device, and even a marketplace where business connections are planted, cultivated, and harvested on a minute-by-minute basis.

How to link to a specific Tweet:

With all those tweets floating around the Twitterverse, there's bound to be one you'd like to link directly to. Maybe you want to send it to a friend or coworker, or bookmark it for future reference.

You can link to any tweet on http://www.twitter.com just by clicking the date-time below each tweet (go ahead and click the image below to try it).

That'll take you to a page showing just that tweet, which you can bookmark in your browser or share with your favorite online community.

If the tweet is a reply to another tweet, you can also view the original tweet (which sometimes is necessary to figure out the context behind what might otherwise seem like an odd comment).