Deconstructing a Twitter Post

When I meet Facebook friends in real life (yes, that actually happens…), they almost always tell me they can’t understand my status updates. That’s typically because my status updates are almost always my Twitter updates. I have Facebook set to read my twitter feed, and update my status to reflect it. This is primarily a result of work blocking Facebook, but also because it was annoying to have to update things in two places. Twitter’s also as easy as sending a text message from my dumbphone.
As I retweeted the following message, it struck me as a perfect opportunity to educate the masses.
she deserves it! //RT @scoop42: Simona de Silvestro a 4-x winner in Atlantic Championship will test HVM #IndyCar on the 8th &9th in Sebring.
Like everything else, there are a million possible ways to do this. This is one way, that I see in the majority of posts. Let’s deconstruct it:

  • she deserves it! – this is my reply to the original post, or tweet.
  • // – a divider between my thoughts and the original tweet.
  • RT- retweet. It announces that I am resending, or echoing what someone previously tweeted. This is changing with the new Twitter retweeting thing, which i really don’t like on Tweetdeck.
  • @scoop42 – The original poster. User scoop42 is a reporter for ESPN. He wrote that Simona de Silvestro has an Indycar test in Sebring, Florida for the HVM team on December 8th and 9th.

As an aside, she totally deserves the test. I saw her drive twice in Atlantics at NJ and Lime Rock, and the girl has talent. I hope she does well.

So there you have it, a tweet post in a nutshell. Now, time to make dinner… but that’s another post.

3 thoughts on “Deconstructing a Twitter Post”

  1. Thanks,

    That is a great post. But there is one thing I don’t like about twitter though – the 140 character limit. When you include a link, you generally get only 50-60 characters and that is not enough to describe the content and add a signature! Hopefully they will increase the word limit soon.

  2. I completely agree, Adela. It’s especially hard when you’re re-tweeting, you quickly run out of space. I suspect Twitter won’t add additional characters any time soon, especially since most US mobile phones have 160-character limits.

    You can try using one of the URL shorteners like to shrink down your links.

    Thanks for visiting!

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