I still see a lot of confusion on Twitter. The comment I get the most often on Twitter is "I don't know how to use it." All I can do is tell you how I use Twitter, and what I see other people doing. This does not mean my way is right, just an option.
"I don't know how to talk to people on Twitter." First of all, you have to be Following someone in order to talk to them. I don't care if it's Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump) or your best friend. (One of these days I know Donald Trump will respond to my ramblings about The Apprentice.)
To follow someone find out what their user name is. It will have the "@" sign in front of it. Mine's @brendadollteam. So, you type in @brendadollteam and then say what you have to say in less than 140 characters.
"How do I know if someone has replied to me?" Every once in a while, go to the @Mentions tab:
If you would like to respond back, just hit Reply and be sure to type in their user name first.
"What are hashtags all about?" A hashtag looks like this: #. For instance, follow the hashtag #rawre and you will get all the tweets about Real Estate and Women. (Follow this on Tuesday nights, and you'll get Twitter on steroids.) How do you follow these tweets? Go to the Search bar at the top and type in the whole hashtag #rawre. It will ask if you want to save this search, and sometimes that is a good idea so you won't have to keep retyping it.
Some people use hashtags for different reasons, like #justsayin. It's never intended to be a particular group or a subject of interest; yet, I bet if you did a search term on that you could find some really interesting stuff!
"How and what should I re-tweet?" If you think someone's tweet is particularly amusing, informative, or inspiring, by all means, go ahead and re-tweet it! I love quotes and re-tweet a lot of those.
I know the politically correct way to re-tweet someone's post is to say RT @username, then copy and paste the post after that and tweet it as you normally would. Not me, I'm lazy. I just hit the re-tweet button. Copying doesn't work well for me, so sue me for doing it the way Twitter intended. ;)
♦ Don't worry about who is following you at first. Just get used to being in there and getting to know some people. Don't follow everyone who follows you, either, or you'll quickly get overwhelmed. Look at each follower to see if their posts actually interest you, because that's what going to come up in your newsfeed! ♦
If you've been skittish about using Twitter I hope this helps! If you have any questions please feel free to leave them in the comments.