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What Kind of Tweeter R U? The 13 Types on Twitter

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Some of you may recall my post on the 13 Types of Friends on Facebook. So here's a companion piece, though each type of Tweeter on Twitter will be limited to 140 characters, to keep in the spirit of the post.

1. The MIA/Machine Gunner is MIA for 4 weeks & then comes out of nowhere with 10 tweets in a row within a 4-minute span & then gone again!
2. The Social Media Moron DMs U even though U can't DM back because he's not following U, forcing U to @reply the whole world with private info
3. The Autobot RTs just about everything you tweet without adding or editing a thing. Note: some of these may be REAL autobots, but not all
4. The Plagiarizer doesn't bother with a (via @yourname) but just steals your tweet and claims it as his/her own. (We're onto you!)
5. The Follow/UnFollower first follows you, then waits for you to follow back, then when you're not looking, unfollows you. FAIL!
6. The Profile Photo Switcher changes his/her photo every week, making it really hard to recognize where the tweets are coming from. Fickle much?
7. The Joker tries really really hard to be funny ALL THE TIME. Even if some of them are, it becomes numbing after a while
8. The Letter Writer starts every tweet with Dear X, and then says something funny or ironic. [Okay, we get it. ha ha.]
9. The @Star Tweeter follows lots of Hollywood stars or famous sports figures and tweets @them as if they're best buds.
10. The Frequent Flyer thinks we care what airport s/he's in every other day, as if we're supposed to be impressed. [Ohhh! JFK/LAX?! WOW! Lucky u!]
11. The Bore tweets stuff like: Going to Trader Joes to do some shopping! [Cool! Hope that works out for you alright!!!! not]
12. The No Follower has about 20,000 followers but only follows 20 of them back. So much for using social media to create a community, eh?
13. The Over-Tweeter tweets so often, you're forced to shove them in a far-off Tweet Deck column you never check.

As always, if you think we missed a Type, that's what the comments are for!

For more Twitter humor, check out my site Twaggies.com. Also, if you want, you can follow ME on Twitter, because I'm NONE of the above ;-) @resila.

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You Can Now Order Food Through Facebook
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After a bit of controversy over its way of aggregating news feeds and some questionable content censoring policies, it’s nice to have Facebook roll out a feature everyone can agree on: allowing you to order food without leaving the social media site.

According to a press release, Facebook says that the company decided to begin offering food delivery options after realizing that many of its users come to the social media hub to rate and discuss local eateries. Rather than hop from Facebook to the restaurant or a delivery service, you’ll be able to stay within the app and select from a menu of food choices. Just click “Order Food” from the Explore menu on a desktop interface or under the “More” option on Android or iOS devices. There, you’ll be presented with options that will accept takeout or delivery orders, as well as businesses participating with services like Delivery.com or EatStreet.

If you need to sign up and create an account with Delivery.com or Jimmy John’s, for example, you can do that without leaving Facebook. The feature is expected to be available nationally, effective immediately.

[h/t Forbes]

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5 Quick Facts About the Hashtag
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The use of the hashtag as a Twitter tool to denote a specific topic in order for the masses to follow along turns 10 years old today, having first been suggested (in a Tweet, naturally) by Silicon Valley regular and early adopter Chris Messina back in 2007. Here’s a little history on its evolution from the humble numerical sign to the social media giant it is today.

1. IT COMES FROM THE LATIN TERM FOR “POUND WEIGHT.”

There’s no definitive origin story for the hash (or pound) symbol, but one belief is that when 14th-century Latin began to abbreviate the term for pound weight—libra pondo—to “lb,” a horizontal slash was added to denote the letters were connected. (The bar was called a tittle.) As people began to write more quickly, the letters and the tittle became amalgamated, eventually morphing into the symbol we see today.

2. IT SHOULD ACTUALLY BE CALLED AN OCTOTHORPETAG.

The symbol portion of the hashtag eventually made its way to dial-button telephones, the result of AT&T looking forward to phones interacting with computers. In order to complete a square keypad with 10 digits (including 0), they added the numerical sign and an asterisk. AT&T employee Don MacPherson thought the sign needed a more official name, so he chose Octothorpe—“octo” because it has eight points, and “thorpe” because he was a fan of football hero Jim Thorpe.

3. TWITTER WASN’T BIG ON THE IDEA AT FIRST.

When web marketer Messina had the notion to add hashtags to keep track of conversations, he stopped by Twitter’s offices to make an informal pitch. He came at a bad time: Co-founder Biz Stone was trying to get the software back online after a crash and dismissed the idea with a “Sure, we’ll get right on that” burn. Undeterred, Messina started using them and the habit caught on.

4. IT’S IN THE OXFORD DICTIONARY.

By 2014, respect for the hashtag had grown to the point where the venerable Oxford English Dictionary gave the word its stamp of approval. Their entry: "hashtag n. (on social media web sites and applications) a word or phrase preceded by a hash and used to identify messages relating to a specific topic; (also) the hash symbol itself, when used in this way."

5. THERE ARE SOME HASHTAG ALL-TIMERS.

Hashtags can highlight interest in everything from political movements to breaking news stories, but the frequency of their use is often tied into popular culture. The most popular TV-related tag has been #TheWalkingDead; #StarWars sees a lot of action; and #NFL dominates sports-related Tweets.  

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