Saturday, April 18, 2009
Ok, so this post was inspired by Tickleworm. I decided it would be a great idea to sit down and research all the twitter terminology that is being thrown around out there not to mention, it would also get me up to speed as well!
I guess a good place to start is at the beginning...the basics.
Twitter: an online social micro-blogging community, where users have 140 characters or less to get their message heard!
Tweet: When a user posts an update to their account. That update is often referred to as a "tweet" and the user is said to have "tweeted". Tweet can be used as a noun, referring to the actual written update, or a verb, referring to the action of publishing an update.
Follow: You can either sign up to follow other Twitter users or they can sign up to follow you. If you follow someone, it simply means that you automatically receive that person's Twitter updates. Each time that person posts an update on Twitter, it appears on your Twitter home page instantly
@reply: @reply precedes messages sent from one person to another that are public. In other words, anyone who can see your Twitter updates can see the @replies that you send or that are sent to you, whether or not they are following you or you are following them. These messages appear on Twitter updates as @username (with "username" replaced by the person's actual username from their Twitter account).
Direct Message: A direct message is a private message from one Twitter user to another. You can only view your direct messages.
Ok, so those are the basics....here are a few more obscure....um not so widely used terminology that I have come across....these were all taken from the twictionary.
Celebritweet: A celebrity who uses Twitter
Dweet: A tweet made, perhaps regrettably, while under the influence of alcohol.
Egotwistical: Tending to talk excessively about oneself on Twitter
Fly-Bye: Signing off of Twitter
Illtwitterate: The uninitiated. Those who "don't get it".
Miss# or Mr# : A way of referring to kids. "Miss3 = 3-year-old daughter"
MRT: Modified ReTweet: Use when you have to edit the original tweet for grammer, spelling, or space for your comments
RT: Retweet: tweeting content posted by another user
Tweed: Twitter + feed: A stream of tweets.
Tweeps: Twitter + peeps (friends)
Tweetjacking: Hijacking someone's tweet by switching their link for your own and retweeting it, piggybacking on their authority to drive traffic to your own target page.
Tweetup: Twitter + meetup: a gathering of folks based on a twitter conversation (often impromptu)
Twetiquette: (n) Etiquette for Twitters
Twip: A tip about using twitter
Twiply: An reply to tweet
Twittercide: To commit twittercide is to decide to close (or kill) your Twitter account.
And with that, I think I will STOP! I could go on and on and on....There are a ton of them...so be sure to check out the "twictionary"....some of them are pretty funny!