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Last Updated: Jul 2, 2013 URL: Print Guide
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Writing Posts

All Twitter posts have the 140 character limit, which you can see as you’re writing:

Use these shortcuts to communicate directly with other users or discuss broader topics:

#hashtags – (only work with public accounts) – put a “#” symbol next to a keyword to make it easier for people to follow a topic across all public accounts. Twitter will automatically convert these keywords into links. If you want to discuss a topic with a select group, keep in mind you’ll need to use a keyword that others aren’t using.

@replies – (only work with public accounts and reciprocal connections) – put an “@” symbol next to another twitter account username and Twitter will automatically add a link to their profile. These are public messages, but allow you to respond to individual people as you carry on a larger conversation.

RT – this is the accepted way to credit someone you want to quote directly. RT stands for “re-tweet” and you should also include an @username reply to the original poster, like this: [RT @username “put quote in quotation marks”]

Links in order to not max out your characters with a long URL, use a link shortener ( or to create a unique and abbreviated URL.


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Some Feeds to Follow

  • @librarycongress
    We are the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in our collections.
  • @ALALibrary
    Welcome to the ALA Library twitter page! We’re a special library that responds to inquiries about all aspects of librarianship and ALA ... just ask!
  • @profhacker Tips, tutorials, and commentary on pedagogy, productivity, and technology in higher education.
    Twitter updates from the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.
  • @openculture
    The best FREE cultural & educational media on the web. We make a wealth of serious thinking available online, says The New York Times.
  • @twittbraries
    Post for and from libraries and librarians who use Twitter.

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125 Route 340
Sparkill, NY 10976



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