Twitter Guide – Thread Your Conversation
There are host of conversation tracking services available. Many tools exist that will help you thread an entire conversation. But at times you simply would like to know the context in which a reply was made. You don’t need to thread the entire conversation. Twitter enables you to thread your conversation easily but you ignore due to lack of knowledge. Here is the simple tip if you are not aware of it.
I bring you this article on a special request for a video from a special friend Casey Peacock (@caseypea). But I also use my conversation with Casey to illustrate how you could thread it manually.
When you tweet in general, your message may only get read on all your friends timeline, may get retweeted by someone who likes it, and sometimes you may even get a response to it. Someone may even favourite your message. Twitter provides you with tools to do all these, you have seen those tiny buttons on the right side of a message.
You also tweet on your timeline (instead of sending a private DM) addressing one of your friends (starting the message with @username of your friend) either to convey a message or initiate a discussion, or to just mention and recommend. In fact, a tweet starting with @username is interpreted by twitter as a reply to that user.
One big mistake is when you mention or recommend a group of friends like this:
Twitter treats it as a reply to @username1, and would appear only on his home page, and not others’. I shall cover this issue in another article in details as I want to discuss only conversation threading here. Nevertheless, the correct way to send a message to a group is not to start with @:
In this article I shall give you a very simple but useful tip – how to know the context in which someone replied to you, and if needed, how to thread the entire conversation manually.
Someone may not reply to your tweet immediately. I face this problem while tweeting with friends from the American continents because the time zones could be just opposite. Moreover, you may have initiated discussions with different friends on different topics.
So a reply could be confusing to you as you may have forgotten the context in which the discussion was iniitated. I am being asked so many times to clarify my reply.
One of my friends, Vikas Sood (@viikassood), doesn’t always use the reply button. Rather he repeats my message in whole or part along with his reply. Here is an example of his replies to my latest messages which are embedded in his.
His reply (not using the reply button) to my first message which is appended:
Ty Sir. Dont C u much here @goldenTwine: #FollowFriday @viikassood http://bit.ly/9d6EAO My blog #FF http://bit.ly/aX5UD8 .. (via @ffhelper)
10:49 PM Jul 9 via TweetDeck
And his second reply the same way:
Hope all is very good there… RT @goldenTwine: @viikassood Yes, certain issues keeping me busy.
11:08 PM Jul 9 via TweetDeck
This way the context of discussion is clear, but you are having even less space to reply back.
You need not get confused the next time, and there is no need to append a part of message you are replying to. There is a very simple clue that I am going to illustrate with a series of tweets I exchanged with Casey since Saturday.
I shall put the most recent tweet first so that you understand the confusion angle.
My latest tweet to Casey in this series was:
less than 10 seconds ago via web in reply to caseypea
There is a possibility that when Casey reads this message he may wonder what video I am referring to.
You will see a twitter note in grey text directly below the message. It has 3 componenets. First the timestamp, second the channel used to tweet, and most important, the third part threads to the message replied to.
So if you are confused, just click this third component, and twitter will display back your message to which you have received this reply.
You keep on clicking this link on each message, and the entire discussion would be in front of you removing all your confusions. To understand the discussion, you must read the messages in the reverse order (the last one first). See it for yourself:
about 34 minutes ago via web from Marysville, WA in reply to goldenTwine
about 15 hours ago via web in reply to caseypea
about 23 hours ago via web from Marysville, WA in reply to goldenTwine
10:42 PM Jul 9 via #FollowFriday Helper
We ignore small things that add to our confusion. there is no need to say, you will get the thread only if you are using the reply button. Rule of thumb is twitter will help you if you follow twitter’s guidelines.
I hope this tip will help you. I shall give you more and more tips about using twitter efficiently. You make the habit of visiting our blog to read interesting and useful articles. Please, do give us your valuable feedback.
Yes of course before I end this post here is a video tutorial about FollowFriday Helper that Casey requested for.
I am thankful to Dragon Blogger who created this beautiful video, and uploaded on YouTube. Here is the link to Dragon Blogger’s blog post where this video is embedded:
Follow Friday Helper Demonstration
If you missed out, please read my articles about Follow Friday Recommendations:
Automated FollowFriday Recommendations
Follow Friday Helper helps you do your weekly recommendations
Automated FollowFriday Tweets
Follow Friday helps you to endorse your friends on Fridays
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