Twitter Dictionary: A Guide to Understanding Twitter Lingo
Last Updated: 04-25-2013 , Posted: 08-27-2010
As with any new social medium, there is an entire vocabulary that users of the Twitter service adopt. Our Twitter Dictionary defines many of the new lingo Twitter-based terms and phrases.
Getting Started with Twitter Slang
Twitter is a free microbloging, or social messaging tool that lets you stay connected to people through brief text message updates -- up to 140 characters in length. Twitter is based on you answering the question what are you doing? You can post thoughts, observations and goings-on during the day in answer to that question. Your update can be posted on your Twitter profile page through SMS text messaging, the Twitter Web site, instant messaging, RSS, e-mail or through other social applications and sites, such as Facebook.
Twitter Dictionary: Understanding Twitter Abbreviations and Slang
As with any new social medium, there is an entire vocabulary of abbreviations and slang words that users of the Twitter service ("Twitterers") adopt. Some of the new Twitter lingo describes the collection of people who use the service, while other abbreviations are used to describe specific functions and features of the service itself (like the Twitter abbreviation RT). Also, there are a number of terms which are basically Twitter shorthand: abbreviations that users include in their tweets.
Here are definitions to more than 130 Twitter abbreviations, words, phrases, and tools that are associated with the Twitter microblogging service -- our collection of the best twerminology (Twitter terminology).
Recommended Reading: Webopedia Guide to Twitter Hashtags for Technology Topics.
Twerminology: 109 Twitter Slang Words & Abbreviations
@reply: The @reply means a Twitter update (a tweet) that is directed to 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 I saw that movie too).
ab/abt: Short for "about." This chat abbreviation is is frequently seen on Twitter.
adventuritter: Slang term used to describe a Twitterer who is adventurous.
attwaction: Slang term used to describe an attraction between two users.
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."
Bberrytweet: Slang term that refers to using a Blackberry device to send a tweet on Twitter.
beetweet: Slang term used to describe a "hot tweet." Usually this is a popular, trending topic on Twitter and many users will retweet a beetweet.
bemyguest, #BeMyGuest: A popular Twitter hashtag (#BeMyGuest) to let other Twitter users know you'd like to exchange guest blog posts.
BFN: Short for "bye for now."
bgd: A shortened form of "background" often used on Twitter.
Bird-of-mouth: Slang term that refers to the use of Twitter to circulate news and information.
BR: An acronym used on Twitter that stands for "best regards."
bulltwit: Slang term to describe fake, false or over embellished Tweets.
Celebrity syndrome: This Twitter phrase refers to a situation in which a non-celebrity mistakenly believes he or she is a celebrity. Users with celebrity syndrome will not follow a significant number of Twitter users.
chk: Twitter shorthand for "check."
cld: Twitter shorthand for "could."
clk: Twitter shorthand for "click."
co-twitterer: Slang term used to describe a second person who tweets on a single Twitter account.
crank tweet: Similar to a "crank phone call," it is a misleading tweet.
cre8: Often seen on Twitter, it means "create."
cuttweet: Sometimes simply known as "CT," this slang term refers to a retweet that is a shortened version of the original.
da: Often used on Twitter, this is a shortened version of "the."
daily twitamin: Twitter slang that means a tweet that contains useful knowledge that is easy to take in and remember. It is a "daily vitamin" for Twitterers.
deets: A shortened version of "details" often found on Twitter.
detweet: Slang term used to describe a tweet you made, then deleted.
direct message (DM): Short for direct message, it is the function of the Twitter service that enables you to send a private message (direct message) to a person you are following.
drive thru tweet: Refers to a tweet sent by an individual while he or she is at a restaurant drive-thru.
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.
eavestweeting: The act of eavesdropping on other Twitter conversations.
egotwistical: Slang term used to describe a user who talks about himself on Twitter. It is a combination of the words "egotistical and Twitter."
EM / eml: Shorthand versions of "e-mail" routinely used on Twitter.
EMA: An acronym for "e-mail address" used on Twitter.
emergaTweet: Also known as emergetweet it refers to a tweet sent out during an emergency when 911 is unavailable.
F2F: An acronym used on Twitter that means "face to face."
fab: A shortened version of “fabulous” frequently used on Twitter.
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: On Twitter, blogs, and other social media sites, a follower is 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. Twitter lets you see all the people you follow and also who is following you.
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.
friendapalooza: A slang term used to describe a situation in which a twitterer adds many friends within a short time period.
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: An acronym frequently used on Twitter in place of the phrase “for the loss.”
FTW: An acronym frequently used on Twitter in place of the phrase “for the win.”
HAND: An acronym often used on Twitter, it stands for “have a nice day.”
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.
Hivemind: This is a term used to refer to the combined intelligence of all Twitter users.
IC: Often used on Twitter, it is the 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 incase their followers missed it the first time it was tweeted.
idk: An abbreviated form of “I don’t know” frequently used on Twitter.
intwituation/intwituated: Slang terms used to describe a situation in which someone is infatuated with another Twitter user.
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 service 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.
microfunding: Using Twitter and other forms of microblogging to raise money for nonprofits and charity donations.
mistweet: Slang term used to describe a tweet that you later regret having sent.
MRT: Means "modified retweet (RT)."
neweeter: A slang term used to describe a new tweeter.
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: Short 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.
selfie: Slang phrase used to describe a photo that is taken of oneself where the right or left arm is extended with the camera held backwards.
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."
TrashTweeter: Refers to a twitterer who talks trash in his or her posts.
twabe (or twabes): Slang terms often used on Twitter to refer to a young woman. Can also be used as a flattering term that has roughly the same meaning as “dear” or “sweetheart.”
twabstinence: A slang term used to describe someone’s decision to cut back on their Twitter time because it is preventing them from completing their work or other important daily tasks.
twabulous: A slang term used to describe a fabulous tweet.
Twaffic: Slang term used to mean "Twitter traffic."
Twalking: Slang term used to describe someone who is walking while they tweet, using a mobile device.
twart: A slang term meaning “Twitter art.”
Twebay: Slang term used to describe selling (or promoting) an eBay item on Twitter.
Tweeple: Meaning Twitter people. 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: The term used to describe someone who has a problematic addiction to Twitter.
tweeter: Refers to a person who send tweets on the Twitter service (same as Twitterer).
tweeterboxes: Slang term used to refer to Twitter users who "tweet excessively."
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.
tweetroduce: Slang term used to describe the situation in which a user introduces one follower to another.
tweetsult: Slang for an insult sent using Twitter.
twegal advice: Slang term for legal advice that is sent on twitter using 140 characters or less.
twerminology: A slang term meaning "Twitter terminology."
twettiquette: Short for Twitter etiquette. It is a slang term used to describe acceptable Twitter behavior.
Twewbie: Short for Twitter newbie. It is a slang term used to describe someone who is new to Twitter.
TwinkedIn: Slang term used to describe someone who invites their Twitter friends to interact with them on LinkedIn.
twis: Slang term used to describe a 'dis' on a fellow Twitter user.
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."
twittcrastination: Slang term that refers to using Twitter as a form of procrastination.
twitterage: Slang term describing feelings of rage experienced as a result of a Twitter post.
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 send tweets on the Twitter service.
Twitterfly: A social butterfly on Twitter. A Twitterfly uses the @ sign in many messages, showing they have a lot of Twitter friends to talk with or mention in their updates.
Twitter-ific: Short for "Twitter" and "terrific". It is a slang term used to describe something terrific you find on Twitter.
twitterpated: Slang term describing the feeling one experiences when messages on Twitter become overwhelming.
twitterphoria: Slang term describing the feelings of elation one experiences when they add someone as a friend and the person adds them in return.
Twittworking: Short for Twitter networking. It is a slang term used to describe Twitterers who use Twitter to network.
U: This shorthand form of "you" is frequently found on Twitter.
woz: Slang for "was," this term is frequently found on Twitter.
wtv: A shorthand form of "whatever" often found on Twitter.
ykyat: An acronym standing for "you know you’re addicted to..." that is frequently used on Twitter.
yoyo: An acronym that stands for "you’re on your own" that is often used on Twitter.
ztwitt: A slang term that means "to tweet extremely fast."
RECOMMENDED READING: For more abbreviations that may be used in general Twitter status updates, see this Webopedia Quick Reference with definitions to more than 1,300 text message and chat abbreviations.
40 Twitterapps: Twitter Tools, Widgets & Applications
Autopostr: With this tool, Twitter users can instantly inform all of their friends whenever they post a photo on Flickr.
BigTwitt: A Twitter tool that lets users post messages that exceed Twitter’s 140 character limit.
Bit.ly: A URL shorten service to shrink tweet URLs to 20 characters, plus track and share URLs.
Bkkeepr: A Twitter tool that allows users to keep track of books they are currently reading.
Blackbird Pie: A Twitter tool that allows individuals to embed tweets into Web sites or blog posts instead of copying and pasting tweets or taking screenshots. Users simply need to enter the URL of the tweet they want to include.
Check Yes or No: Users can visit this site to compose simple yes or no questions and then share them on Twitter by using the "Send to Twitter" feature.
Blackbird: The name of a Twitter client for BlackBerry smartphones.
Flock: A social browser with many Twitter related features. Users can send and read tweets, read mentions, and perform and save Twitter searches. There is also a character count tool Twitter users can use to make
sure they stay within the character limit.
Foamee: A website where Twitter users can keep track of who owes them drinks (beer or coffee) and what drinks they owe to others.
FollowersForSale: With this Twitter tool, users can buy a certain number of followers for a set price.
FoodFeed: Using this site, users can share their food and eating habits in Twitter posts.
Friend or Follow: A Twitter tool to find out whether people you following are following you back, and whether they are following the people following them. Interested twitterers simply need to enter their Twitter username at the site.
Geotwitter: A website users can visit to view the geographical source of the most recently posted tweets.
Goo.gl: Google's own URL shortener. Offers short URLs, reliable service and good uptime.
GroupTweet: A Twitter tool that lets users send messages that can only be viewed by a selected group of Twitter friends.
gTwitter: A Twitter application developed for Linux, it allows users to post, read timelines, receive notifications, and more.
HashTags.org: Categorize your tweets so people can find them and understand what they are all about.
Hellotxt: A tool that lets users update Twitter and other social networking sites by clicking a single button. Currently, 50 social network sites are supported. ()
Ianswr: Compiles questions asked on Twitter and permits any Twitter user to answer them.
InnerTwitter: Encourages Twitter users to meditate by sending chimes at specific time intervals or at random times throughout the day. These chimes are the signal for users to spend a few quiet moments in meditation.
iTweet: This is an interface for Twitter designed to make it easier to use Twitter from an iPhone.
Jotabl: A "shoutbox" you can display on any site or blog letting your visitors leave comments via a Twitter login.
LinkBunch: This tool lets Twitter users combine several links into one link so they can be shared in a single tweet.
LiveGo: Stay connected to multiple social networks including Twitter, Facebook, Instant Messenger clients and online email accounts.
LoudTwitter: A Twitter tool that allows Twitter users to display Twitter updates on their blog.
Monitter: Monitter is the name of a free Twitter tool that lets users monitor the Twitter service for a set of three keywords. Monitter then shows you what people are tweeting for the keywords.
Natter: Monitor your tweets and posts to your Facebook.
PocketTweets: The name of a mobile Web-based Twitter client for the iPhone. You can use it to see the latest tweets from your contacts or to update your status remotely.
TinyURL: shrink your URLs to 23 characters on Twitter or any online publishing space.
TurnSocial: A free social toolbar for small businesses to add popular social media and location-based applications, in addition to content from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Foursquare and more.
Twadget: A gadget that lets users view and submit tweets from the Twitter Vista Sidebar Gadget
Tweet Effect: Filter Twitter data to show which of your own tweets made people follow or leave you.
TweetLevel: Measure an individual's importance on Twitter using four key ranking metrics: influence, popularity, engagement and trust.
Twibs: An application that lets Twitter users find businesses on twitter.
Twidroid: A full-featured Twitter app designed for use on Android mobile phones.
TwitDir: Search within Twitter usernames, locations, and descriptions.
Twitrank: A Twitter user ranking service that provides an updated list of the top 150 Twitter users
Twitscoop: A Twitter search tool that lets Twitter users tracks popular trends and events.
TweetStats: Use this tool to see Twitter stats including tweets per hour, tweets per month, tweet timeline and reply statistics.
Twitter Widgets: Twitter's own widgets are compatible with any website and most social networks.