Frequently Asked Questions
What is the # and @ all about on twitter?
The # is a way to make any word a clickable search. Use it to post a tweet about something you want your followers to click on so they see what others are tweeting about. For example, if you love music and post a tweet with #Music in it, your followers can click where it says #Music and they will see all the tweets that have the word Music in them.
The @ is a way to make a person's twitter name a clickable item. If you post a tweet with @HAGJewels, your followers can click it and it will be a link that takes them to my twitter profile page.
Why are so many url addresses short and strange looking?
Because each post only is allowed 140 characters, many people use outside websites to shorten the url. www.tinyurl.com is one that does this. You put a long url in and it gives a tiny one back. Basically they agree to forward anyone that clicks on the little url to your long url. I don't use these because etsy url's aren't that long and the word etsy in the url is a search term.
What is Follow Friday or #FF all about?
#FF is a twitter thing, kind of like a designated market day for some groups or the old village square. Friday Follow you just post #FF and a bunch of @names so that other people know who your favorite people are to follow, then they click those @names and go see if they'd like to follow that person too. It's kind of like a networking brunch on twitter every Friday!
When I post something on Twitter, who can see it? Is it only my followers?
Anyone in the world can see what you post in a tweet. Only your followers will have it fed to them directly. Others may come acrossed it by doing a search in the search box or by someone else re-tweeting your post to their followers. For instance, imagine you just posted a lovely Juliana Necklace and I was looking for Juliana jewelry. When I search for Juliana Necklace, I would see your post, even though I'm not currently a follower.
Since I'm clueless, is there such a thing as "Twitter Etiquette" I should be aware of?
Much the same in the real world, be nice, play well with others, share, say please and thank you. Don't ever post something on facebook, in an email or a tweet, that you wouldn't be proud to see next to your picture the next day in the newspaper on your grandmother's doorstep. When someone retweets your post, reply and say "Thanks for the RT Love!" They showed you 'twitter love' by forwarding you to their followers. If you would like someone to retweet a post for you, start out with "Please RT".
Another area of play nice is, if you are posting a link to something on Etsy, don't put #eBay in the same tweet. If you post something to sell on Rubylane, don't put #eBay or #Etsy in the same tweet, etc. It just feels like phishing to me and may turn others off as well. The exception to this is #WOJ, since you can link any sales site that reciprocates on the www.WallofJewels.com, you can use #WOJ if you have a link there to Etsy, RubyLane, Artfire, or your personal site. You are covered with this one!
Don't use all CAPS - THAT IS CONSIDERED SHOUTING ON THE INTERNET. So try to use caps appropriately or for emphasis.
How do I get Followers?
By Tweeting! No kidding! People find you by searching for things you tweet about. Also if you are part of a group, they probably have a way to track their members twitter names and tweets. For example, The Etsy Vintage Jewelry Sellers Team keeps a VJSE Twitter List. People can find you on the group list and follow you. Another way is, any user can create an unofficial list of whatever group of people they want. I keep a list of Etsy Sellers, Etsy Jewelry Sellers and Wall of Jewels Members to follow tweets of people from the www.WallofJewels.com. You can follow a list without following each individual person in the list.
I still don't get it. Why would I do this? It seems complicated and time consuming. I don't have time!
It takes less than 1 minute, literally, to copy and paste a link to an Etsy item, the title of the item and a couple of keywords in and hit enter. If you do that only once a day, and only one other person retweets it, it has the effect of handing out 500 to 5,000 business cards that a person can click on to go to your store while they are at their computer. Since Apple hasn't yet created the iCard, clickable business card, Twitter is the very next best thing! So now go get tweetin'!
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