# aka hashtag
|Hastags are used on Twitter to group tweets - so a conference/event will be given a hastag, e.g. #FNLA13 (Friends of Newsam Library & Archives 2013) and all the tweets from the event will appear under this hashtag in a search.|
|The @ sign is used to call out usernames in Tweets, like this: Hello @Twitter! When a username is preceded by the @ sign, it becomes a link to a Twitter profile.|
|Follow||To follow a user, simply click on their username and then a 'Follow' button. Following a user will allow you to see their tweets on your feed.|
|Who to follow||Twitter will provide you with suggestions of who to follow. The list is based on similar keywords and profiles.|
|Unfollow||You can unfollow someone on Twitter if you decide that what s/he posts is not relevant or interesting to you. This person will not be informed of this unfollow and can only find out that you have unfollowed them if they go through their list of followers or if they are keeping tabs of numbers of their followers.|
|Block||If you are sent inappropriate material by a user, you an block them and report them as SPAM if the follow comes out of the blue.|
Retweet or RT
Modified or MT
If you want to share information with your network, you can RT or retweet. You network will be informed of the source of the tweet on their feed. If you change (modify) someone else's tweet, use MT for 'modified tweet' which will let your followers know that the tweet is not the same as the original one.
HT stands for 'heard through' or 'hat tip' and can be used instead of 'via' to give credit to the person who made you aware of the content originally.
|Reply||You can respond to a tweet by selecting the Reply option. This will list your @username on their Mentions column.|
|@Connect||The Connections option at the top allows you to see who has interacted with you on Twitter (i.e. followed, favourited a tweet or mentioned you on Twitter). It allow allows you to see all your Mentions and all your Interactions.|
|Interactions||Lists who has followed you, favourited a tweet of yours and responded to a tweet.|
|Mentions||Lists all the uses who have mentioned you either in replies to you or who have mentioned you in their tweets.|
|#Discover||This tab will show you what's happening now and is tailored to you, i.e. the Twitter algorhythm will find the most popular keywords that match your profile. It will also list who to follow and allow you to discover news and new followers.|
|Trends||This box appears on the LH-side and basically lists the most used keywords/phrases. Some can be predictable e.g. 'Happy Christmas' or 'Happy Thanksgiving'.|
|Me||This tab will allow you to see how many tweets you have generated, the number of flowers you have and how many users you are following on Twitter. You will also be able to send a direct message or DM to someone on your list of followers.|
|DM||DMs are private messages which you can use to send confidential information or personal messages.|
"Hashtags #], used to collate tweets on a particular subject, are great for community building, with regulars such as #PhDchat, #AcWri and #ScholarSunday providing opportunities for academics to interact with and learn from each other. Others, such as #AcademicsWithCats and #AcademicsWithBeer, are a little more light-hearted, building communities around extra-curricular interests.
The recently coined #AcaDowntime is encouraging academics to take time away from work, and a quick skim through reveals that we are an active bunch.
Particularly amusing (and distracting) are hashtag games, whereby people offer up their best humour in response to a challenge posed in a hashtag. #RuinADateWithAnAcademicInFiveWords, #AcademicForecast, and #ScienceAMovieQuote are among my favourites"