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The Social Media Frontiers Tweetionary



Due to the 140 character constraint put on tweets, users have to be imaginative with their wording when composing their messages. The easiest way to edit down a tweet is by using shorthand for any words you use. Twitter users have created their own recognised shorthand so that composing tweets can be quicker and easy but, for the uninitiated, it can sometimes be hard to follow. For those relatively new to Twitter here’s our Tweetionary, giving you a few useful definitions so that you can better follow the conversation.




@: The ‘@’ symbol is used before a user’s name when they are mentioned them in a tweet. Clicking on the name will then bring up their profile.

#: The hashtag symbol is used to highlight specific words or phrases that are part of a larger conversation.

^: The caret sign is placed before the initials of a tweet sender if the tweet is sent from a company account, showing users which individual actually sent the message.

CX: Shorthand for ‘correction’.

DM: Shorthand for ‘Direct Message’.

Fail Whale: A whale carried by little birds posted on Twitter when the site is down.

FF: Shorthand for ‘Follow Friday’, a weekly event where people encourage other users to follow them by following them in return.

MRT: ‘Modified Retweet’, a retweet that has been changed slightly, generally to fit within the 140 character limit.

OH: ‘Overheard’ a way of retweeting without giving credit to the original tweeter.

RT: Shorthand for ‘Retweet’.

TFTF: ‘Thanks For The Follow’.

TT: ‘Translated Tweet’, used to denote a retweet that is not in its original language.

Twaffic: Twitter traffic.

Tweeps/Tweeple: Twitter users, often used to refer to someone’s followers.

Tweeter: A person who tweets.

Twittersphere: Everything in the Twitter universe.

Is there anything we’ve missed? What would you add to the SMF Tweetionary.

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The Social Media Frontiers Tweetionary Reviewed by Anonymous on Thursday, August 08, 2013 Rating: 5
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