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Thu May 10, 2012, 06:29 PM

Difference between @ and # in Twitter?

I'm reluctantly Tweeting more frequently now (I think it's a waste of time for me personally, but since I am "in marketing," I need to embrace all forms of "social media," whether I want to or not).

So...let's say my Twitter name is AmerigoVespucci (it's not)...if I type

@AmerigoVespucci

or

#AmerigoVespucci

in a tweet, what's the difference?

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Reply Difference between @ and # in Twitter? (Original post)
Amerigo Vespucci May 2012 OP
baldguy May 2012 #1
Chan790 May 2012 #2
Amerigo Vespucci May 2012 #3
OriginalGeek May 2012 #4
Chan790 May 2012 #5
WhoIsNumberNone May 2012 #6
Amerigo Vespucci May 2012 #7

Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 06:32 PM

1. From what I understand

@AmerigoVespucci is a tag for the person Amerigo Vespucci.

#AmerigoVespucci is a tag for people talking about Amerigo Vespucci.

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 06:38 PM

2. Okay.

@ directs a post at someone, usually someone a comment is directed to or anybody you mention. @ precedes the handle.

# is called a hashtag. It is used to identify your topics, subjects and lists so other people can find your tweets, it works like a cross-reference or an index-tag. Note the spaces at the end of what you're @ or # and the lack of spaces in the middle of @ and #. Both symbols end at the next space.

example:

@AmerigoVespucci Did you see @BarackObama 's interview with Robin Roberts where he supported #MarriageEquality ?

Some hashtags are used for lists. The only one I can recall right now is #tcot which is basically a teabagger extreme-conservative list. I generally tag all the the most offensive things I have to say with #tcot to piss off the loonies.

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Response to Chan790 (Reply #2)

Thu May 10, 2012, 06:43 PM

3. That's what I thought...

...thanks for confirming.

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Response to Chan790 (Reply #2)

Thu May 10, 2012, 07:15 PM

4. "I generally tag all the the most offensive things I have to say with #tcot to piss off the loonies.

that is one of my favorite things I've read in the last 3 months.

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Response to OriginalGeek (Reply #4)

Thu May 10, 2012, 08:10 PM

5. It should be.

How many other ways can you twit-spam 100000 idiots including teabagger Members of Congress, birther celebs and asshat radio-talkers with insulting anti-RW propaganda and they can't do anything about it?

I've spent the better part of a slow afternoon annoying John Boehner by making #Wherearethejobs go viral on his official Speaker of the House twitter-feed to the point it drowned out his social media staff that posts his talking points.

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Fri May 11, 2012, 11:41 AM

6. If you're ever wondering what a hashtag means:

http://tagdef.com/

And this one is text message shorthand:
http://www.netlingo.com/acronyms.php

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Response to WhoIsNumberNone (Reply #6)

Fri May 11, 2012, 11:48 AM

7. THANK YOU for the links!

As I said in the OP, this is stuff I "should" know, by virtue of what I do for a living. I have a number of clients who are older and skeptical when it comes to social media. But I also remember a story from the San Jose Business Journal several years ago about a local physician who works Twitter to his advantage. He still does...I follow him. He's found the right message and has made the commitment to "tweet regularly." The most effective way to convince a client who is sitting on the fence is to share a success story. That changes everything.

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