Twitter Symbols to Speed Up Your Tweeting

(Last Updated On: September 6, 2019)

 What is the meaning of those 5 Twitter symbols beneath a picture in a tweet?

1.twitter symbolsReply.  It opens a tweet by you and puts the person’s Twitter handle at the beginning of your tweet so they get a notification that you replied to their tweet.  One of the very useful twitter symbols. More.
2. Retweet. It sends that tweet to your followers.  (Read “mentions” below to know when & when to not use the period in front of an @ sign in your replies.)
3. Favorite. The person who tweeted will get a notification that you favorited their tweet.
4. I don’t know.  If anyone knows, please write it in the comments section so that I can update this page.
5. More.  If you click on the ellipsis, you will get the menu shown above.

Hashtags & “at” symbols

 Two other Twitter symbols you should know lots about are the hashtag and the “at” symbol (@).

Hashtags are what we call a word or words that we want to call attention to.  If there is more than one word, there cannot be spaces between them.  Thus social media marketing would become #SocialMediaMarketing.


♦ Make it easier to search for a particular topic.
♦ Make it easier for Twitter users to explore content that catches the eye.
♦ Should not be used more than twice in any tweet.
♦ Make it easier for particular groups of people to connect with each other.
♦ Help people cut through digital clutter and focus on the information they want.
♦ Are also used in other social media sites such as Instagram, YouTube, Google+ and Pinterest.
♦ Makes it easier to find your target audience when posting.
♦ Compel an action.  When a visitor sees a hashtag of interest, they are more likely to investigate that hashtag.
♦ Increases the amount of information put in front of a person.
♦ To use Twitter hashtags most effectively, spend the extra few minutes to use Hashtagify.




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Twitter Analytics

To help you learn which of your hashtags are working well, use Twitter Analytics.  They will even show your top tweet and your top media tweet for the month.  (A media tweet is one that includes an image, a video or a vine.)

To find your Twitter Analytics, click on Profile Picture > Analytics.

@ sign

twitter symbols

The @ sign followed by someone’s username tags that person in a tweet.  Two different types of tweets use the @ sign — replies and mentions.


The example above is a reply.  Someone by the name of Henry Enns replied to a post by SMMktg7.  A reply tweet starts with the at sign (@) in front of someone’s username.  @SMMktg7 is seen only by the person being replied to and by people who are being followed by both Henry Enns and SMMMktg7.

If someone starts a tweet with @YourUserName, you will see that in your main timeline if you follow the person.

Twitter reply


Mentions have the @ sign in front of the username within the tweet.  It cannot be at the beginning. (If it is at the beginning, it is merely a reply.) It shows up only in your feed, in the feed of the person being mentioned and in the feeds of people following both you and the mentioned person.

If there is a period in front of the @ sign in either a mention or a reply, anyone within the tweeter’s feed can see the post.

Mention in tweet

Learning the meaning and implications of all Twitter symbols can enhance your Twitter experience.


Suppose you wanted to send a private message to someone. No one but you and the person receiving the message could see it. You simply use the @ sign at the very beginning.

For instance, what if the help desk’s Twitter handle was @ComputerHelp. You would begin your message with @ComputerHelp. Only you and the help desk would see any of the messages you exchanged.


How get retweets

An online article entitled What Fuels a Tweet’s Engagement has the statistics that you see in this screenshot.

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Peter Enns has been developing websites since 1996. He is a social media blogger and author of a free YouTube tutorial. It’s called 7 Day YouTube and will teach you how to make entertaining videos & animated GIFs.


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