I was asked today about something via e-mail and I thought I'd share my response:
--- On Thu, 4/15/10, G wrote:
Subject: Twitter question
Date: Thursday, April 15, 2010, 2:57 PM
Explain to me something about Twitter.
Here is something I saw:
RT @# * Reply * Retweet # Shawn Lewis salact81 @BrentSpiner I love you!!!! --Thank you, Shawn. You are very wise for your age.
What does the "@" sign indicate.
On Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 4:10 PM, Stephen Koehler wrote:
Very good question. I would ask a friendly teenager. Taking a stab I would assume @ stands for 'AT". However, I might be wrong and the whole meaning is something else entirely. I am getting to the point that texting is a whole other language and translators will soon have to be employed to sort out the gibberish.
Unfortunately I do not use Twitter that much. Well, really I see no real use for it and I log on only once in a blue moon. I have too many online accounts as it is and its getting to the point of information overload.
This whole exchange sounds like that kind of shorthand that texters use and this whole thing about keeping it under 150 characters really limits it in my opinion. It looks like some have made use of it though and God bless em. Call me a Luddite, but I have only relatively recently started using the text function on my cell phone. I am the idiot you seeing typing whole words on texts and thus using all 150 characters.
Sorry I couldn't help, and I probably could have been a little less verbose, but I am bored at the moment and this is a wonderful day off. I hope you get out and hike and see the sun if its there.
I miss the day when it was just us technogeeks on the computer and we could understand each other.....
Maybe someone out there has a translation?
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