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  • Got Lost in the Twitosphere?

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    April 4, 2012 : RT, #, @, bit.ly/, ...

    Seem hieroglyphic characters to you? Find out what it means in our glossary.

                                 

    Through the years, Twitter vocabulary expended and we are now facing a use of symbols and new words.

     

    Let's see what those Twitologisms mean (according to Twitter itself):


    Tweet (verb/noun): Tweet, tweeting, tweeted. The act of posting a message, often called a "Tweet", on Twitter.

    Hashtag : The # symbol is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users.

    @: The @ sign is used to call out usernames in Tweets, like this: Hello @Twitter! When a username is preceded by the @ sign, it becomes a link to a Twitter profile.

    Avatar: The personal image uploaded to your Twitter profile.

    Follower: A follower is another Twitter user who has followed you.

    Retweet (verb): To retweet, retweeting, retweeted. The act of forwarding another user's Tweet to all of your followers, abbreviated RT/
    (Noun) A Tweet by another user, forwarded to you by someone you follow.

    Twitter List : Curated groups of other Twitter users. Used to tie specific individuals into a group on your Twitter account.

     

    And about the code bit.ly/, it is just an example of URL Shortener; which "turn long URLs into shorter URLs" because, well, you only have 140 characters to express yourself...

     

    Need more? Check the Twitter glossary.

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