Why it’s a Tweet and not a Twit
Lately, I have been noticing people have been using strange terminology to relate to Twitter.
@reply: The @reply means a Twitter update (a tweet) that is directed to another user in reply to their update. An @reply will be saved in the user’s “Replies” tab. Replies are sent either by clicking the ‘reply’ icon next to an update or typing @ username message (e.g., @user I saw that movie too).
co-twitterer: Slang term used to describe a second person who tweets on a single Twitter account.
direct message (DM): Short for direct message, it is the function of the Twitter service that enables you to send a private message (direct message) to a person you are following.
Dweet: Slang term used to describe a tweet that has been sent by a user who is drunk.
eavestweeting: The act of eavesdropping on other Twitter conversations.
egotwistical: Slang term used to describe a user who talks about himself on Twitter. It is a combination of the words “egotistical and Twitter.”
FAV: The FAV action on Twitter lets you mark a person’s last message as a favorite message to be displayed in your Favorites Tab. To use FAV, type FAV username.
Fail Whale: On the Twitter site, the Fail Whale is an image of a whale held up by birds and nets. This image shows that Twitter has been overloaded or that a failure occurred within the service.
Follower / following: On Twitter, blogs, and other social media sites, a follower is someone who subscribes to receives your updates. On the Twitter Web site “following” someone means you will see their messages in your own personal timeline. Twitter lets you see all the people you follow and also who is following you.
FollowFriday (FF, or #followfriday): On Twitter, FollowFriday is a recommendation. It is used to call attention to a user’s favorite followers and favorite people on Twitter. When you tweet a FF message, you are recommending that your followers also check out the people you mention in your post. When you send a FollowFriday message, you include #followfriday in your update so it can can be searched for using that hash tag.
Hash tag: A hash tag or hashtag is a way of organizing your updates for Twitter search engines. Users prefix a message with a community-driven hash tag to enable others to discover relevant posts. One commonly used hash tag on Twitter is #followfriday where users network by providing the names of their favorite people to follow on Twitter.
ICYMI: Short for “in case you missed it”, the abbreviation may appear in a tweet that is a repost from the same person, just incase their followers missed it the first time it was tweeted.
microblog: A type of blog that lets users publish short text updates. Bloggers can usually use a number of service for the updates including instant messaging, e-mail, or Twitter. The posts are called micro posts, while the act of using these services to update your blog is called microblogging.
mistweet: Slang term used to describe a tweet that you later regret having sent.
NTS: Short for note to self. This chat abbreviation is frequently used on Twitter.
OH: Short for overheard. This chat abbreviation is used on Twitter, often in place of RT (retweet) when the user does not want to provide the username of the follower they are quoting.
PRT: Short for please retweet. This is a notation added to the end of a Tweet. PRT shows the user is asking others to retweet their post.
Retweet: Abbreviated as RT, retweet is used on Twitter to show you are tweeting something that was posted by another user. The format is RT @username where username is the Twitter name of the person you are retweeting.
Tweeple: Meaning Twitter people. It is used to refer to or describe Twitter users.
Tweet: Describes a Twitter update. A tweet is basically whatever you type into the Web box to answer that question, using 140 characters or less. People tweet personal messages, random thoughts, post links, or anything else that fits in the character requirements.
tweeter: Refers to a person who send tweets on the Twitter service (same as Twitterer).
tweetroduce: Slang term used to describe the situation in which a user introduces one follower to another.
tweetsult: Slang for an insult sent using Twitter.
twegal advice: Slang term for legal advice that is sent on twitter using 140 characters or less.
twettiquette: Short for Twitter etiquette. It is a slang term used to describe acceptable Twitter behavior.
tweetorial: Slang term used to describe tutoring or lecturing on or about Twitter. Some industry speakers use the term to describe a live event where a lecture on a Twitter topic is given (e.g., a seminar or event that teaches people how to use Twitter), while others use the term to describe giving a lecture on Twitter. Here the host speaker will use a special designated hash tag so others can follow the lecture on Twitter.
Twewbie: Short for Twitter newbie. It is a slang term used to describe someone who is new to Twitter.
twitterati: Slang term that refers to ‘A-list’ Twitter users.
Twitter-ific: Short for Twitter and terrific. It is a slang term used to describe something terrific you find on Twitter.
Twitterer: Refers to a person who send tweets on the Twitter service.