Twitter Glossary

Are you on Twitter yet?

Many people are still new to Twitter and it is daunting having to learn what certain things mean and they can be embarrassed that they don't already know. Hopefully this list of Twitter terms here will go some way to helping. The Twitter platform enables you to post short 'news' items about what you are thinking or what you are doing using text of up to 140 characters. You have the ability of adding photos, video, website links and geolocation data. Twitter gives you the ability to keep in touch and converse with friends, family, colleagues, businesses and celebrities.... the list is endless 

Activity

In the "Connect" tab you will be able to see the activity which is a real-time view what the people you're following are up to on Twitter.


Application (Third-Party)

A third-party application is a product from a third party (not Twitter) that's used to access Tweets and Twitter data.


Bio

A description 160 characters or less used to describe who you are on Twitter


Blocking

When you have blocked someone they will be unable to follow you or add you to their lists.


Connect

This area allows you to view interactions, mentions, recent follows and Retweets.


Connections

This area shows all third-party websites and applications which you've granted access your public Twitter profile. These apps can be revoked access at any time.


DM -  Direct Message

Is a private message sent from one tweeter to another tweeter


Favourites

Anything that interests you can be added to your favourites (star them) Then you can read them later without having to search for the original tweet. The original tweeter is informed that you have made their tweet one of your favourites.


FF - Follow Friday

#FF means "Follow Friday." Twitter users suggest others to follow on Fridays by tweeting with this Hashtag


Geolocation / Geotagging

The use of location in your Tweets to inform others of where you are


Hashtag #

Used before a word in a tweet makes the word a link to easily find other tweets on the same subject. i.e #biz . It links you to all the tweets where this word has been mentioned, from where you can connect with like minded people and discuss that particular subject


Lists

These are useful to group tweeters and then focus on that particular group at any given time. i.e...I have Bexhill Businesses as a group as I like to see at a glance what is happening locally rather than globally.


Mentions

Are where a tweet have a @username within them. You will be notified if your username has been mentioned so you can respond back and keep the conversation going if you wish


Profile

An area in Twitter that displays information about the user and a photo of them, as well as all the Tweets they have posted from their account.


Promoted Tweets

Tweets that a business has paid to promote. These are found at the top of search results on Twitter.


Protected/Private Accounts

Twitter accounts are public by default. You can choose to protect your account so you are seen only by approved followers and will not appear in search.


Reply

Replies to the original tweeters tweet. Shows the original tweeters @name in the reply so others can see where the tweet originated from.


RT (Retweet)

Allows you to forward tweets that you have read so that your followers can read them.


Trends

These show which topics on Twitter have become popular worldwide or in a selected area. 


Tweets

Text up to 140 characters to explain how you are feeling or what you are doing for your followers to read, these can include photos, video, web links and location.


Verification

This shows that a Twitter account is a legitimate source. This is shown by a blue star



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Are you on Twitter yet?

Many people are still new to Twitter and it is daunting having to learn what certain things mean and they can be embarrassed that they don't already know. Hopefully this list of Twitter terms here will go some way to helping. The Twitter platform enables you to post short 'news' items about what you are thinking or what you are doing using text of up to 140 characters. You have the ability of adding photos, video, website links and geolocation data. Twitter gives you the ability to keep in touch and converse with friends, family, colleagues, businesses and celebrities.... the list is endless 

Activity

In the "Connect" tab you will be able to see the activity which is a real-time view what the people you're following are up to on Twitter.


Application (Third-Party)

A third-party application is a product from a third party (not Twitter) that's used to access Tweets and Twitter data.


Bio

A description 160 characters or less used to describe who you are on Twitter


Blocking

When you have blocked someone they will be unable to follow you or add you to their lists.


Connect

This area allows you to view interactions, mentions, recent follows and Retweets.


Connections

This area shows all third-party websites and applications which you've granted access your public Twitter profile. These apps can be revoked access at any time.


DM -  Direct Message

Is a private message sent from one tweeter to another tweeter


Favourites

Anything that interests you can be added to your favourites (star them) Then you can read them later without having to search for the original tweet. The original tweeter is informed that you have made their tweet one of your favourites.


FF - Follow Friday

#FF means "Follow Friday." Twitter users suggest others to follow on Fridays by tweeting with this Hashtag


Geolocation / Geotagging

The use of location in your Tweets to inform others of where you are


Hashtag #

Used before a word in a tweet makes the word a link to easily find other tweets on the same subject. i.e #biz . It links you to all the tweets where this word has been mentioned, from where you can connect with like minded people and discuss that particular subject


Lists

These are useful to group tweeters and then focus on that particular group at any given time. i.e...I have Bexhill Businesses as a group as I like to see at a glance what is happening locally rather than globally.


Mentions

Are where a tweet have a @username within them. You will be notified if your username has been mentioned so you can respond back and keep the conversation going if you wish


Profile

An area in Twitter that displays information about the user and a photo of them, as well as all the Tweets they have posted from their account.


Promoted Tweets

Tweets that a business has paid to promote. These are found at the top of search results on Twitter.


Protected/Private Accounts

Twitter accounts are public by default. You can choose to protect your account so you are seen only by approved followers and will not appear in search.


Reply

Replies to the original tweeters tweet. Shows the original tweeters @name in the reply so others can see where the tweet originated from.


RT (Retweet)

Allows you to forward tweets that you have read so that your followers can read them.


Trends

These show which topics on Twitter have become popular worldwide or in a selected area. 


Tweets

Text up to 140 characters to explain how you are feeling or what you are doing for your followers to read, these can include photos, video, web links and location.


Verification

This shows that a Twitter account is a legitimate source. This is shown by a blue star



Know any more terms that would be useful to add to this list?  Please comment below, we would love to hear from you