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twitter slang guide

The Guide to Twitter Slang

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Twitter is a free online social networking, micro blogging system that connects you to your friends. Stay connected to your followers through text based messages up to 140 characters, known as “tweets”. As with any social media communication outlet, there are inherent rules, tips, and tricks that will help you to better navigate. Here are some “tweet” tips to get you started on your twittering adventures. Happy microblogging!

@reply: The @reply means a Twitter update (a tweet) is directed towards 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 Sharing your post.).

ab/abt:  This chat abbreviation is short for “about”.

attwaction:  Slang term used to describe an attraction between two Twitterers.

attwicted:  Slang term used to describe someone who is addicted to Twitter.

b/c:  Twitter shorthand for “because.”

B:  Twitter shorthand for “be.”

b4:  Twitter shorthand for “before.”

bemyguest, #BeMyGuest: A popular Twitter hashtag (#BeMyGuest) to let other Twitter users know you’d like to exchange guest blog posts.

BFN:  Abbreviation for “bye for now”

bgd:  Shorthand for “background”

BR:  An acronym used on Twitter that stands for “best regards.”

Celebrity syndrome:  Refers to a situation in which an ordinary person mistakenly believes he or she is a celebrity. Users with celebrity syndrome will not follow a significant number of Twitter users.

chk:  Shorthand for “check.”

cld:  Shorthand for “could.”

clk:  Shorthand for “click.”

co-twitterer:  Slang term used to describe a contributing person who tweets on a single Twitter account.

cre8:  Stands for “create.”

da:  Shortened version of “the.”

deets:  Meaning “details.”

direct message (DM):  Short for direct message, enables you to send a private message (direct message) to a person you are following.

drive-by-tweet:  This is a fast tweet posted by an individual while he or she is in between tasks.

drunktwittering:  The act of posting on Twitter while intoxicated.

Dweet:  Slang term used to describe a tweet that has been sent by a user who is drunk.

EM / eml:  Shorthand versions of “e-mail” routinely used on Twitter.

EMA:  An acronym for “e-mail address” used on Twitter.

F2F:  Meaning “face to face.”

fab:  A shortened version of “fabulous”

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.

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.

Follower / following:  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.

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.

friendscrapping:  A slang term related to Twitter that refers to an individual adding all of a friend’s friends as his or her own.

FTL:  Stands for “for the loss.”

FTW:  Stands for “for the win.”

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.

IC:  Shorthand version for “I see.”

ICYMI:  Short for “in case you missed it”, the abbreviation may appear in a tweet that is a repost from the same person, just in case their followers missed it the first time it was tweeted.

idk:  Stands for “I don’t know.”

kk:  Twitter shorthand for “kewl kewl” (cool cool).

microblog:  A type of blog that lets users publish short text updates. Bloggers can usually use a number of services 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.

MRT: Means “modified retweet (RT).”

NTS:  Twitter shorthand for “note to self.”

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:  Stands 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.

social networking site:  Abbreviated as SNS, a social networking site is the phrase used to describe any website that enables users to create public profiles within that Web site and form relationships with other users of the same website. Social networking sites can be used to describe community-based websites, online discussions forums, chat rooms and other social spaces online.

TFTF:  Twitter shorthand for “thanks for the follow.”

TMB:  Short for “Tweet me back.”

Tweeps:  Meaning Twitter people (peeps). 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.

tweetaholic:  A term to describe an addiction to Twitter.

tweeter:  Refers to a person who send tweets on the Twitter service (same as Twitterer).

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.

twettiquette:  Short for Twitter etiquette. It is a slang term used to describe acceptable Twitter behavior.

Twishing:  Twishing is a combination of the words “Twitter and phishing”. It is the act of sending a message to a Twitter user in an attempt to obtain his or her name and password. The message may instruct the recipient to visit a Web site where he or she is asked to log in. The Web site, however, is bogus and set up only to steal the user’s information. See “Beware of Twishing” in the Did You Know…? section of Webopedia for more information on Twishing.

Twitosphere:  An expression used to describe the “World of Twitter.”

Twitterapps:  Short for Twitter applications. It is the phrase used to describe any application that integrates with the twitter service. May also be called Twitter tools or Twitter add-ons.

twitterati:  Slang term that refers to ‘A-list’ Twitter users.

Twitterer:  Refers to a person who sends posts (tweets) on the Twitter service.

Twitter-ific:  Short for “Twitter” and “terrific.”

U:  Shorthand form of “you”

wtv:  Stands for “whatever”

ykyat:  An acronym standing for “you know you’re addicted to…” that is frequently used on Twitter.

yoyo:  Stands for “you’re on your own” that is often used on Twitter.

ztwitt:  A slang term that means “to tweet extremely fast.”

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