For beginners, the world of Twitter can be very confusing. Being familiar with the commonly used vocabulary makes Twitter use easier and more beneficial. The following terms are some of the more frequently used terms and will help you navigate the “Twitterverse” with ease.
Tweet – (n) a Tweet may contain photos, videos, links and up to 140 characters of text.
(v) the act of sending a Tweet
Retweet (RT) – the act of sharing another account’s Tweet to all of your followers.
Follow – subscribing to another user’s Twitter account is called “following.”
Mention (@) – Use the @ sign to call out usernames in Tweets
Feed – a feed is a list of updates of Tweets that are constantly being updated. Your homepage, for instance, is a feed of Tweets of accounts you follow
Handle – Your identity or username on Twitter
Direct Message (DM) – Private messages sent from one Twitter account to another
Hashtag (#) – a word or phrase proceeded by the # symbol. When you click or tap on a #, you see other Tweets containing the same keyword or topic
Like (n) – liking a Tweet indicates that you appreciate it. You can find all of your likes by clicking or tapping the likes tab in your profile.
(v) Tap the heart icon to like a Tweet