Many people know Twitter as an app that lets users “tweet” out short messages. That’s true. Twitter is a full-fledged social media platform that lets people connect with one another, and is defined by its real-time nature. You can send out messages about events as they happen, joining in and receiving immediate feedback.

Twitter offers two tools for making such connections: @mentions and hashtags. @Mentions allows you to directly tag specific users in your tweets. It gets their attention and lets them better see your messages amongst the other tweets in their feeds. You can tag anyone, even celebrities.

Hashtags are used to start, and participate in, group conversations on the platform. By clicking on the hashtag in a tweet, you can see other tweets that use it. This helps in keeping track of conversations.

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