Twitter Glossary of Terms

Twitter Speak:

TWITTER: The social media network based on 140-character micro-blog posts. Users post short updates that can be seen by anyone, even if they are not logged into the site. Posts can only include text and links; any multimedia content (photos, video, audio) must be linked to. The people who follow you will see your updates in their timeline when they log in. Unlike with Facebook, you do not have to confirm or reciprocate the follower connection, meaning people can follow your updates without you have to see theirs.

@reply: A direct tweet sent to another Twitter user.

Direct Message: A way to privately message someone you follow.

Follow: To follow someone on Twitter is to subscribe to their Tweets or updates on the site. Find out more about following, or learn how to follow other

FF: #FF stands for “Follow Friday.” Twitter users often suggest who others should follow on Fridays by tweeting with the hashtag #FF

Handle: A user’s “Twitter handle” is the username they have selected and the accompanying URL, like so:

Hashtag: The “#” sign. Grouping of tweets by topic, making it easier to search for particular topics or related discussions.

ReTweet: To retweet, retweeting, retweeted. The act of forwarding another user’s Tweet to all of your followers.

Tweeter/Twitterer: Someone who uses Twitter.

Tweeps: Your Twitter connections or “peeps.”.

Username: Also known as a Twitter handle. Must be unique and contain fewer than 15 characters. Is used to identify you on Twitter for replies and mentions

AFAIK: As far as I know

b/c: Because

BFN: Bye for now.

BTW: By the way

DM: Direct message

FTF: Face to face

FWD: Forward

FWIW: For what it’s worth

Gr8: Great

HTH:Hope that helps

IMO: In my opinion

IMHO: In my honest opinion

IRL: In real life

J/K: Just kidding

LMAO: Laugh my a$$ off

LMK: Let me know

LOL” Laugh out loud

NP: No problem

OMG: Oh my God

PLZ: Please

RT: reTweet

RTHX: Thanks for the ReTweet

TMB: Tweet me back

TTYL: Talk to ya later

TTFN: Ta-Ta for now

TY: Thank you

W/O: Without

YW: You’re welcome

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