Twittle Red Riding Hood

Want to know how Twitter works? Read this story as a novel way to learn about the etiquette of Twitter code, conversation and content.

(With apologies to the real owners of these usernames)

Mum
@ LittleRedRidingHood Pls would you take this basket of food and deliver it to @ Grandma?

LittleRedRidingHood
@ Mum OK, although I’m a bit scared going through the forest on my own

Mum
@ LittleRedRidingHood Just be careful and don’t talk to any strangers

LittleRedRidingHood
Just checked in to ‘The Forest’ on FourSquare

BigBadWolf
@ LittleRedRidingHood Where are you going, little girl?

LittleRedRidingHood
RT @Mum Just be careful and don’t talk to any strangers // That means YOU!

BigBadWolf
@ LittleRedRidingHood *Sniffs. What’s that in your basket? #HungryLikeAWolf

LittleRedRidingHood
@ BigBadWolf Some goodies for my Grandma. Now go away and leave me alone

BigBadWolf
Just checked in to ‘Grandma’s House’ on FourSquare

Grandma
@ BigBadWolf Who’s that? ARRGGGHHHH!!!

BigBadWolf
Just swallowed Grandma whole. What did you have for lunch today?

BigBadWolf
Now dressed in Grandma’s clothing. What are you wearing today?

LittleRedRidingHood
@ Grandma OMG, what big eyes you have!

Grandma
@ LittleRedRidingHood All the better to see you with, my dear.

LittleRedRidingHood
@ Grandma OMG, what big ears you have!

Grandma
@ LittleRedRidingHood All the better to hear you with, my dear.

LittleRedRidingHood
@ Grandma OMG, what big TEETH you have!

Grandma
@ LittleRedRidingHood All the better to EAT you with, my dear. #HungryLikeAWolf

LittleRedRidingHood
ARRGGGHHHH!!! #RunsAwayScreaming

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Woodcutter
Nice day in #TheForest. What’s it like where you are?

LittleRedRidingHood
@ Woodcutter Hayulp! Hayulp! @ BigBadWolf has got into @ Grandma’s account!

Woodcutter
@ BigBadWolf Get out of @ Grandma’s account right now, or I will Block you and report you as Spam

BigBadWolf
@ Woodcutter Grrr!

Woodcutter
*Swings mighty chopper

BigBadWolf
ARRGGGHHHH!!!

Grandma
Just escaped from inside @ BigBadWolf thanks to @ Woodcutter!

LittleRedRidingHood
#FF @ Woodcutter So brave! So fearless!

Woodcutter
D LittleRedRidingHood Mmm, you look nice in red xxx

LittleRedRidingHood
D Woodcutter Thanks, shall we have a Tweetup?

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Key to Twitter code

@ Username = Clickable link to a particular
Twitter user in a public message that other Twitter users can see

RT = Retweet = Tweet that is passed on by other Twitter users

#Hashtag = A way to collate all tweets about a particular keyword

#FF = Follow Friday = A recommendation to other Twitter users to follow a particular username

OMG = Oh My God

Pls = Please

D = Direct Message = A private message only possible between Twitter users who follow each other and only seen by them

Tweetup = Meetup arranged on Twitter

This article was originally published on Business on Twitter.

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This article has also been published on Fresh Business Thinking and Business on Twitter

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