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#1 Velisha


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Posted 30 December 2015 - 10:58 AM

This is not a tutorial per se, but more like a bit of knowledge sharing about how Twitter works.
Twitter is an important social media platform, in general and for us as Kpop fans. Of course, we only care about using Twitter to support our idols, so you may not know how Twitter works in general.
Twitter keeps changing its system too, so what I write here may not be applicable when Twitter updates its system in the future.

About worldwide trend
To make it to the top worldwide trend, it doesn’t have to be a hashtag (with the sign # in the beginning of the word). It can be 1 word, a phrase, name or anything that is repeatedly posted on Twitter at the same time.

Generally speaking, it will take at least 10,000 tweets to make it to the worldwide trend in matters of minutes. However, when it’s not during busy hours, it can make it to worldwide trend only with 500 tweets in about 10 minutes.
Most of the time, Twitter is busy 24 hours due to different time zones. Honestly, trending on 00:00 KST is a bad idea to trend something. Twitter is less busy when “Asia” sleeps, which is around 3AM KST.

You can learn more about Trending HERE.

About Retweet & Quote Tweet
This year Twitter updated its “Quote Tweet” feature. Before it was only available for mobile version. Now both web & mobile version can do Quote Tweet.

The difference:

Retweet(RT): you post someone else’s tweet, but everything belongs to the original poster/accout (all Likes/Fave & RT counts are recorded in the original account. You cannot edit in RT.

Quote tweet (QT): you post someone else’s tweet, but you own it as your own tweet. Everything belongs to you now (all Likes/Faves & RT counts). You can edit/add more text for another 116 characters. You cannot add image but you can add a link.
**in web version, QT means you type something in "Add a comment..." box then click Retweet button**

Do not use QT: (Only for Kpop related)
QT is considered “rude” if you do it with: Translation, Fantaken photo, or other original posts that belongs to the original poster/account, because then you “own” it and you get Likes etc for yourself based on the work of others. It’s the same as re-post. So you should only RT for this case.

For Trending purpose:
As now Twitter enhanced its Quote Tweet feature, it seems like Retweet does not count towards hashtag trending.
To make it count, you have to Quote Tweet and add the hashtag in your Quote Tweet, which makes the tweet yours.

So if you want to help with the hashtag trending, you have to QUOTE TWEET and add the hashtag in there.

The best way to trend a hashtag is to create your own tweet with maximum 2 hashtags. Twitter counts text, image, link, vine, etc.

How they count tweet/hashtag for trending:
Twitter has some special application programming interface (API) for counting. You can pay a third party provider to use their API service to count/analyze your Twitter. Of course, this is mostly for business purpose, not Kpop hashtag trending.

There are web-based tweet/hashtag counters on the internet, but it will only give you rough or unreliable calculation (that’s why you have to pay money to get a correct calculation).

Things you need to know:
  • RT is good to spread the words directly because twitter won’t cut the images into small thumbnails.
  • Fave/Like is good to appreciate the original poster or to put the tweet on your Favorite archive for easy search (only about last 200 shown ‘though)
  • The original poster will get notification for RT, QT and Fave. If you don’t want to be bothered by notifs, go to Setting to turn it off.
  • Using multiple accounts tweeting the same thing just for trending is against Twitter's rule. Some API will not count those.
  • You can read more about Retweet HERE and How to disable Retweet HERE.
  • You can read more about Hashtag HERE
  • You can read more about Twitter general rules HERE (so you don’t break their rules)


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