Twitter Lingo - OMG WTF
20th June 2014
17th June 2015
What this article is not about . . .
We're not talking about the TL:DRs, LOLs, ROFLs, WTFs or OMGs here - while you do see a lot of them on Twitter - we're talking about Twitter-specific terms
. . . but this article IS about: Twitter-specific terms
A tweet is a status update. You can have 140 characters maximum in a tweet.
A follower is a connection on Facebook. You can follow someone even if they are not following you back. If you follow someone, it means that you see their tweets on your Twitter homepage.
A retweet is when you share someone else's retweet, so that all your followers see it.
Space is at a premium on Twitter. An RT simply means a 'Retweet'.
AMT is a Modified Retweet, which means the Twitter user has modified the RT a little before reposting. This usually might be done to truncate the original tweet, to add space for the MTer's opinion.
While tweets are publicly viewable (assuming your profile isn't set at 'private') a Direct Message is comparable to an email, except, like a Tweet, you can only have 140 characters.
A DM means 'Direct Message' - e.g. "Please DM me your email address"
A TweetUp up is when a group of people from Twitter, organise a meet-up in real life. This might be for business networking.
A hashtag is a word or phrase (with no spaces) prefixed by they symbol #. A hashtag automatically becomes a link, so if you click on a hashtag in Twitter, you can find all other tweets using the same hashtag. - For example, hashtag #latelate, is what people use to talk about the Late Late Show on Friday nights on RTÉ, or #seanad, if you wanted to talk about the Seanad debate.
A TweetChat is when Twitter users meet online at a specific time, to talk about a specific topic. A hashtag would be used in all tweets within the tweetchat. - For example, there's #irishbizparty, which is a TweetChat that occurs on Twitter, every Wednesday between 9pm and 11pm, Irish time. Just use the hashtag #irishbizparty to join in!
A TweetUp is when people from Twitter arrange to meet up IRL ("In Real Life") - i.e. offline!
If someone ask you for your Handle, this is your Twitter username.
Tag someone by using the @ symbol before their Twitter Handle. Two things happen with tagging:
- The person you tagged will get a notification that they have been tagged in your Tweet - whether or not they follow you
- The tagged handle will become a link - which means that others can hover/click on it to find out more about the tagged account
Have I left out any important ones? Please let me know in the comment box below!
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