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Twitter Terms

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Updated 2009-10-25 15:15

Summary

Familiarize yourself with the basic terms and concepts for the website twitter.com.

Basics

TermDescription
twitterThe website twitter.com
tweetsShort messages people post on twitter (example: "Driving to work.")
followTo make someone's tweets show up on your home page (by clicking "follow")
following (list)People whose tweets are shown on your home page
followers (list)People who see your tweets on their home page
replyTweet in response to someone else's tweet (example: "@bob That's specatular!")
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Web interface

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LabelDescription
AWhere you type your tweets
BTweets from people you're following
CCount of your followers
DSearch box
EAll people you're following
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More terms

Question Answer
@bobReference to person with username "bob" (example: Saw @bob buying a donut.")
#carsReference to hashtag "cars"
hashtagCategorizing word starting with "#" (example: "Going to bed now #goodnight")
retweetRe-post of someone else's message
RTShort for "retweet" (example: "RT @bob Driving to work")
OHShort for "overheard" (something you've heard)
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Yet more

Question Answer
DMDirect Message
PRTPartial retweet or please retweet
bit.lyservice twitter uses to shorten url's from original posts
FTWFor the win (not specific to twitter)
FTLFor the loss (not specific to twitter)
FBFacebook (not specific to twitter)
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Top twitter users

RankName
1Ashton Kutcher
2Britney Spears
3Ellen DeGeneres
4CNN Breaking News
5Barack Obama
6Oprah Winfrey
7Kim Kardashian
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