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Twitter Glossary – 15 Common Twitter Terms Explained

Posted in twitter by stoneatwine on March 10, 2010

Here are some common Twitter Terms that you might find helpful.

Tweet: A post made on Twitter by a user.

ReTweet or RT: Reposting something that has already been posted on the Twitter stream. RT usually precedes the original poster to give credit. E.g. RT @problogger New at ProBlogger: How to Blog: Choose a Niche for Your Blog [Why Niches are Important]

DM: This is a Direct Message sent to a twitter user. One has to follow you in order to DM them. DMs don’t appear in the public twitter stream but go directly to the receiver’s inbox.

Via: This can sometimes be used in place of RT. E.g. What are some of the good alternatives to PayPal? via @stoneatwine

Follow: If someone’s tweets appear in your stream then you are following them.

Follower: Someone who is reading your tweets

Unfollow or De-Friend: This is when someone stops reading your tweets.

@ Reply: The @ symbol is used to reply to a twitter user. E.g. @StoneAtwine @normzo Orange Uganda is a very new entrant into that market & best of class, so they’re able to screw us over. #nocompetition

# (Hashtag):A hash symbol is used to comment about a certain topic in a tweet so that people searching for it can easily find it. Searching for #iran will give you all the tweets that contain news about Iran

Twitterer/Tweeter: Someone who uses Twitter

Tweeple: People who use Twitter

Tweeps: Twitter friends that one is constantly in touch with. Think about ‘Peeps’

Twitterati: A-list Twitter users or Twitter élite. These usually have a big number of followers and are somewhat famous and influential in Twitter circles. These include people like @chrisbrogan, @Scobleizer, @GuyKawasaki, @mashable, @aplusk and @tmsruge (upon request in comments below).

Twittosphere: The collective group of people who tweet.

Link: Including a URL in your tweet.

Feel free to add some common twitter terms that I might have left out in the comments.


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  1. Josh said, on March 10, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Thanks Stone for keeping on educating the masses.

  2. Juanita said, on March 11, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    I like this.

  3. Edsulah said, on March 11, 2010 at 3:45 pm


  4. Tom Hackforth said, on April 20, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    A twoosh – A tweet that is exactly 140 characters long.

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  6. SJHoward said, on August 9, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    MT: Modified tweet. I find myself editing down RTs so that I can include brief comments.

  7. lara said, on October 6, 2010 at 11:04 am

    This is quiet helpful,I always see all these symbols and I used to wander what they stand for. Now I know.
    Thanks a lot.

  8. Obaid Siraj said, on October 19, 2010 at 3:01 am

    Thx !!

    If this was on FaceBook, I would have clicked on the LIKE button 🙂

    • stoneatwine said, on November 2, 2010 at 9:46 pm

      Thanks for stopping by. I have been away from this whole blogging thing for a few months but I’ll definitely take it on again. I promise.

    • stoneatwine said, on November 2, 2010 at 9:48 pm

      Haha. You can ‘like’ by coming back. Thank you.

  9. sandy said, on December 17, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Good article. Moreover, I go the retweet 😉

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  11. tmsruge said, on March 22, 2011 at 10:09 am

    What? I am not part of the Twitteratti? Pfffft! @aplusk ain’t got nothing on me! 🙂

  12. boudhini (@boudhini) said, on August 23, 2011 at 5:31 am

    twibes twitter groups

  13. mallik said, on March 20, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    wat do u call the term for people with million followers please!!!!

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