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The last few weeks I've noticed we have had more users from Victoria on Twitter. I think that is great, and I always look forward to seeing locals on Twitter.

For the longest time since I have been on Twitter (since 2007), there have not been many users on from Victoria. Now as more are using Twitter, I've also had more people asking me what it is and how to use it.

Here is a quick rundown of some quick Twitter tips for all you tweeps (say that five times fast!):

*To create a reply to someone on Twitter, place the @ sign in front of their Twitter name. If it is a reply, the @ sign must be the first character of the tweet. To see replies to your own tweets, click on @Replies from your profile page on Twitter. [Source: PC Mag.com]

*With Twitter's direct-messaging (DM) function, you can send a private 140-character message to another user. You can only direct message Twitter users that are following you. [Source: PC Mag.com]

*Find people on Twitter using Twitter's people search.

*Use Twitter search to find what others are talking about on Twitter. Search by topic, phrase, or use Advanced search for more options. Twitter search

*Use desktop applications such as Twhirl or TweetDeckto keep up with all your tweets. I use TweetDeck and like it.

More Twitter resources:

Eight Twitter username tips

Newbie's guide to Twitter

And if you have any questions, feel free to ask, I'll be glad to help. You can follow me on Twitter: @cjcastillo