Thursday, September 8, 2011

Want Tweet Cred? Speak the Language

Does Twitter have you looking like this?

So you wanna learn Twitter-speak, do you? Or maybe you just want to learn the basics so you know what’s going on when you see things like #FF or RT. Either way, understanding the“language” Twitter users have created over time will help you engage with your followers. And the good news is that you don’t have to take any Twitter Rosetta Stone classes to get the hang of it.

I’ve include a list of the most commonly used Twitter-inspired words below as well as some basic Twitter terms to help you get that tweet cred in no time at all.

  • Tweeple - users of Twitter, or a users’ followers (also “tweeps”)
  • Tweetup - a real world gathering of Twitter users
  • Twisticuffs - a verbal argument conducted via tweets
  • Tweet cred - social standing on Twitter
  • Twelete - removing a previously-published tweet
  • Twirting - flirting in 140 characters or fewer
  • Twitterfly - A social butterfly on Twitter
  • Twitterish - Erratic behavior/prone to outbursts
  • Tweme - a popular idea (meme) on Twitter
  • Twittiquette - the social norms of micro-blogging
  • Twebinar - a “web seminar” using Twitter
  • Retweet - RT- reposting a tweet someone else already sent out
  • Hashtags - Hashtags are keywords preceded with the # symbol See: Hashtag 101
  • Dweet - A tweet sent while drunk (Not advisable)
  • OH – If you see this preceding a post, it means that you're letting people know something funny or interesting that you overheard and not posting an original thought
  • DM – This means direct message
  • Twittersphere or Twitterverse – Refers to the entire world and culture of Twitter.
  • #FollowFriday or #ff – Used on Fridays to suggest people who are interesting to follow on Twitter.
  • #MusicMonday – Used on Mondays to suggest music to your followers or to let your friends/followers know what your favorite song(s) of the week are
  • #ThankfulThursday – Used on Thursdays to tell your followers what you’re thankful for
  • Microblog. Twitter is often referred to as a microblog because it allows people to update their status using only 140 characters.
  • Mistweet - Accidentally sending a tweet to the wrong person or wishing you didn't send a particular tweet. Dweets can often become Mistweets.
Have more to add? Feel free to keep the list going in comments.

And to read more about Twitter-speak, check out these articles:

Are You Down with the Twitter Lingo? AKA Twingo

The Twitter Glossary

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