How to RP on Twitter: 101
Twitter is an interesting place for comic based RP as it’s capped at a 140 character limit – which lends itself to the action packed and quick momentum of a comic book. You’d be surprised what you can accomplish in 140 characters! (Or more, but we’ll get to that later.)
Your first step to getting started in Twitter RP is to create an account. If you’re not playing a well known or canon character, then it might help to put [RP] in your bio, so people are aware it’s a role playing account. Your bio is also a great place to put a short description of your character, or your powers in. Your username can be anything you want, but the most popular options are to use your character name or a short description of them / their power. Try to be creative!
Next, you’ll need to follow people. This allows you to see them on your timeline (TL), and see what people are up to in order to jump in on the action. When you follow someone, they will receive a notification of this and most people will then look at your account and follow you back, which means that all your tweets will now appear in their timeline. You can choose to unfollow someone anytime you want, they will not receive a notification of this. To get suggestions of people to follow, you can see who accounts that you like follow or look at ‘lists’ (a collection (or list) of twitter accounts) for suggestions.
Nothing will give you an idea of how Twitter RP works like following some good players for a while. When you’re ready to jump in on your own, you can send out a post or a ‘starter’. Starters can be generic and not addressed to a certain party, or you can tag someone specific in your post by using the @ and then their username. It’s advisable that you send more than just ‘hey’, which will likely get ignored because it doesn’t give the person anything to go on. Give it some context! Maybe something like ‘Slides up to @UN at the bar, and gives him a long once over.* Can I buy you a drink, sailor?” However, if the person you are speaking to is currently in an active RP posting, then may not be able to reply to you. It’s generally advisable to only have one RP on the go. Mostly because even fictional characters can only be in one place at a time. Well...most of them at least!
Any tweets that are directed to you will be in your ‘@ Connect’ page, accessed via the top toolbar. Use click on the arrow that says ‘Reply’ to automatically create a tweet back to them.
In twitter, actions are usually encased by *’s, for example: *Flips over his head and crouches down low to fire off another shot.*
Spoken words are not encased in anything. For example: *Flips over his head and crouches down low to fire off another shot.* You still with me, sugar?
The only universal rule to Twitter RP is that you do not control the actions of another. This is known as ‘god modding’ and it’s the fastest way to get ignored in RP. You can fire bullets at someone, but you can’t specify in your tweet that the bullets hit them or what damage they do. We’ve outlined a few more rules in this thread.
You’ll notice some other punctuation used from time to time. [..] generally indicates something not said out loud, or thoughts. Symbols like // or ((..)) usually indicate a message that is OOC or out of character. Most RPers will have an OOC account that is separate in order to keep the TL RP focused.
What to do when 140 characters isn’t enough
Sometimes, you just have more to say than what 140 characters will allow. It’s okay – it happens to everyone! In this case, you have two options – depending on how much you need to say.
If it’s just a case of needing one more tweet to complete your thought, then you can continue in another tweet, tagging the same people again. You want to signal to others that the thought / action is continuing though, and the easiest way to do that is by putting > at the end of the tweet.
If you’ve got a whole lot of words that you need to let out, or if you want to do a more in-depth posting or descriptive solo, then we recommend using Twitlonger. (www.twitlonger.com) TW’s will post the first 140 characters of your tweet, and then show a link to the rest so people can view it in its entirety. Remember, if you are tagging other people in your TW, then you want to make sure to put their UN at the start of the tweet, as anything after then the 140 character limit will not elicit a notification to them.
When the UN’s of the people you’re RPing with gets too cumbersome or numberous to write out a normal tweet, it’s advisable to switch to a hashtag, usually a short word description of your RP plot. The downside to hashtags is that you won’t receive a notification on when someone posts, so you’ll have to be following a bit closer so you can jump in when it’s your turn in the posting order.
Common RP Acronyms:
RPG: Role Play Group / Game
UN: Username or your twitter handle
TL: You twitter timeline, a page of all the tweets from the people you follow
#TeamFollowBack or FB: Following back, when you follow someone that follows you
OOC: out of character (not the muse / character talking)
IC: In character
TW: a twitlonger post