Yet Another Twitter Glossary!

Twitter Glossary

Many articles have been written in the blogosphere about everyday jargon used on twitter. Then why am I posting yet another twitter glossary? I have valid reasons. This article is not an A-Z list of twitter lingo coined to date (Adventuritter: an adventurous twitterer to Ztwitt – tweet very quickly). This is not a compilation of popular (tweet, twitter, twitterer) or not so popular (friendapalooza) twitter terms. It is not an attempt to bring to your notice some sweet (sweeple), strange (occasionitter) or superb (twittastic) words associated with twitter.

While compiling this list I have kept in mind the newbies, and people who are still confused about some of those words that come up often when tweeting or reading a blog article about twitter. It will help newcomers to use twitter in more efficient way, and clarify subtle differences between some words. So the main purpose is to better understand twitter, use it more effectively, and learn the most important twitter words.

Social Network
A social network is a social structure made of individuals (or organizations) called “nodes,” which are tied (connected) by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as friendship, kinship, common interest, financial exchange, dislike, sexual relationships, or relationships of beliefs, knowledge or prestige.

Note: Not to be confused with social network service.

Social Network Service
A social network service focuses on building and reflecting of social networks or social relations among people, e.g., who share interests and/or activities. A social network service essentially consists of a representation of each user (often a profile), his/her social links, and a variety of additional services. Most social network services are web based and provide means for users to interact over the internet, such as e-mail and instant messaging.

The main types of social networking services are those which contain category places (such as former school-year or classmates), means to connect with friends (usually with self-description pages) and a recommendation system linked to trust. Popular methods now combine many of these, with Facebook, Bebo and Twitter widely used worldwide; MySpace and LinkedIn being the most widely used in North America; Nexopia (mostly in Canada); Bebo, Hi5, Hyves (mostly in the Netherlands), StudiVZ (mostly in Germany), iWiW (mostly in Hungary), Tuenti (mostly in Spain), Decayenne, Tagged, XING, Badoo and Skyrock in parts of Europe; Orkut and Hi5 in South America and Central America; and Friendster, Mixi, Multiply, Orkut, Wretch, renren and Cyworld in Asia and the Pacific Islands and Orkut and Facebook in India.

List of social networking websites

Note: The list is not exhaustive, and is limited to some notable, well-known sites.

Microblogging is a form of blogging. A microblog differs from a traditional blog in that its content is typically much smaller, in both actual size and aggregate file size. A microblog entry could consist of nothing but a short sentence fragment, or an image or embedded video.

Twitter is often referred to as a microblog because it allows people to update their status using only 140 characters.

Essential Twitter Terms Defined and Explained

Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets.

Twitosphere Twitter users or the community of tweeters.

Twaffic The traffic on Twitter.

Twavatar The twitter avatar.
You may add a text bubble or twibbon to your avatar with the help of some twitter tools.

Tweeter/Twitterer People who use the microblogging service Twitter.

Co-Twitterer A partner that tweets on your Twitter account.

Tweeple vs Tweeps

Tweeple Twitter users. People who use
Tweeps Twitter followers who are your friends on multiple social networks. They are your social network peeps or posse.

On my twitter account @goldenTwineCom, I have curated a list called Tweeps
Twitter followers who are my friends on multiple social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace.

You may join me on various social networking websites, and get included in this list.

Thanks for connecting on Twitter! I would be happy to get connected with you on Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn as well, if you wish.
about 7 hours ago from web

Inviting friends made on Twitter to connect on LinkedIn.

Thanks for connecting on Twitter! I would be happy to get connected with you on LinkedIn as well, if you wish.
about 7 hours ago from web

A message sent via Twitter. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author’s profile page and delivered to the author’s subscribers who are known as followers.

To repost something that’s already in the Twitter stream. Usually preceeded by “RT” and “@[username],” to give credit to the original poster.

Tweet Back Bringing an older tweet back into the converstation.

MisTweet Accidentally sending a tweet to the wrong person or wishing you didn’t send a particular tweet. Dweets can often become MisTweets.

Twexting The act of tweeting via text messaging.

Nudge An action reminding a user to update status.
You can only do this to someone who follows you and who has a device set up with Twitter (Go to Settings – Mobile page to set up your phone).

Text Messaging on Twitter
Setting up your phone allows you to:
Send tweets with text messaging on your phone.
Receive texts for DMs and the tweets from users you want to be notified about.

Twitter commands
Do more than Tweet! Send these commands to Twitter:
FOLLOW username – Start following a user
UNFOLLOW username – Stop following a user
ON/OFF – Turn all Tweet notifications on or off
ON/OFF username – Set Tweet notifications for a user on or off (you’ll still be following them even if you set it to off)
GET username – Shows you the latest tweet from any user
RT username – Retweet a user’s latest tweet
FAV username – Favorite a user’s latest tweet
D username your-message – Send a direct message to a user

A tweet that includes a photo taken with a cell phone, uploaded to Flickr and posted to Twitter via

A tweet that includes a photo taken with a cell phone, uploaded to TwitPic and posted to Twitter via

Read my blog article: Share Photos on Twitter with TwitPic

At Reply, or “@reply”
A direct tweet sent to another Twitter user.

Note: Users make a mistake when they send messages like #ff to a list of users. Twitter considers the message as a reply to the first user, @user1, in the list. So always start such a message with a non-@ character.

Correct: #ff @user1 @user 2 @user3

Incorrect: @user1 @user 2 @user3 #ff

Hash Tag
The hash “#” sign in front of a tag allows Twitter users to group tweets by topic, making it easier to search a particular subject using Twitter Search.

Example: I’d rather live with a good question than a bad answer. -Aryeh Frimer #quote

The #quote signifies that this tweet is a quote, and a search would club together any quote tweeted by other tweeples provided they have also used the same #quote tag. But the problem is there is no standardisation of # tags for various topics. There could be endless # tags for the same subject. For the above example, various tags could be used such as #quote, #quotes, #quotation, #sayings, #wisdom, etc. Some people use double # tags like #quote #quotes so that chances of their getting searched increases. But more tags you use will shorten your message as the limit is 140 characters.

I tweet a lot and use many hash tags everyday like #quote #proverb #word #didyouknow? #Gita #history #marketing #socialmedia #tech #entertainment #India to informally categorise my tweets.

Read this article Get the Most Out of Twitter #Hashtags.

Link Including a URL in your tweet.
Example: Read my blog articles under category Marketing > Social Media: #blogging #marketing #socialmedia

The Tweet elite, whose feeds attract thousands of followers.

On my twitter account @goldenTwineCom, I have curated a list called Twitterati
Twitter followers who are my friends on multiple social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace.

You may follow this list.

Twadd To add someone as a friend or follower.

This is a common social networking term referring to the act of taking someone off of your friends list. De-Follow is a Twitter-specific version.

To remove someone from the list of people you follow.

Example: De-following deadbeats and those who follow and then unfollow using Tweepi’s Geeky Twitter Tools.

An informal meeting of people who use the social messaging medium Twitter.

Read my blog article: NASA Tweetup at Space Shuttle Launch

Twaigslist/Twebay To sell something on Twitter.

Twitter’s version of a social butterfly, marked by the extreme use of @ signs.

Note: Definitions are mostly compiled from Wikipedia, and other reliable resources after extensive studies to make them as accurate as possible.
Twictionary: The Dictionary for Twitter
A repository for the meanings and manglings of words and language on Twitter.
Anyone may contribute an entry, or suggest one with Quick Submit.

Twittonary: The Twitter Dictionary
Provides explanations of various Twitter related words.

Social Media consists of media that support and encourage social interaction among users. For instance, online discussion forums are designed to allow people to post messages and for other users to respond in kind.
While there may be social aspects to any medium (e.g. links to share an article by email), social media typically refers to those media whose major functions are oriented toward sharing of information, and consequently most of the information on such media are generated by users. Common examples of social media sites are Twitter and Facebook.
Social media marketing is the process of promoting your site or business through social media channels.
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AuthorAuthor: Subrato Paul lives in Kolkata, India. He’s the owner of GoldenTwine Informatics, which he founded in 2003. He is a website designer, Internet marketer, and provides social networking and bookmarking services. He writes in his official blog and as a guest writer about Internet trends, computer issues, online marketing, website design and development, and his website…
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