Don’t steal somebody else’s Tweet without giving them credit. Either say RT @jfouts and then quote the tweet verbatim or give the text and then (via @jfouts ) as a credit. The only exception to this is if the Tweet has been re-tweeted several times, and then you can credit the original tweeter.

When you write a Tweet make sure there is room for it to get re-tweeted. That means leave at least 20-40 characters at the end so when someone re-tweets it to their network they don’t have to shorten your Tweet.

Say please and thank you. If you want a post re-tweeted that’s more likely to happen if you say “Please RT“. Of course this means your post has to be that much shorter. Always thank people for re-tweeting or mentioning you. It doesn’t have to be a reply, it can be a direct message or even an e-mail or a phone call. Let them know you appreciate their time and sharing your Tweet with their network.

Hash tags were born to help Twitter users track specific conversations. It’s quite common these days for a conference to post the hash tag for the event prominently so everybody can “tag’ their comments to the conference. Actually it’s pretty cool to do a search for a conference and see a virtual stream of comments following presentation after presentation and it can be a great way to feel like you’re right there. To find out what Hash tags are currently being used, go to Hashtags.org and do a search. Click the links that come up with a tag and you’ll see all the conversations that included that tag.

To use a hash tag is really simple. Say you went to the Online Community Conference 2009. The tag includes the # sign and the tag itself, no spaces, then your message.

“#OCU09 was amazing again this year. I always learn so much and meet amazing people. Thank you Forum One!”

That’s it. Now that post will be forever linked with the event on Twitter.  Not only does this Tweet show up in hash tags on Twitter, but the search engines pick up hash tags too.

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