Have you ever been confused while reading a tweet? You're not alone, with all the abbreviations and symbols on Twitter, millions of Twitter fans have no idea how to interpret some of the Twitter terminology. Newer Twitter users don't understand the use of the hashtag (#) or how to retweet.
But just like anything else, the more you use it, the better you will understand and enjoy using it. Twitter can be a wonderful tool for social media addicts but it can also be a wonderful tool for friends and family to communicate. So, if you're on Twitter and don't understand all those abbreviations, take a look at the following list.
Tweet Me Right! Twitter Terminology
@: If you want to send a tweet to a certain person or let them know you mentioned them in one of your tweets, you must include the at sign "@" at the beginning of their account name. For example if you would like to send me a tweet, you can do so at: @DebW07
@reply: This is any update posted by clicking the "Reply" button on a Tweet.
#: Hashtag – Using this symbol organizes tweets or updates for Twitter search engine & to enable others to discover relevant posts. You may even change a hashtag in order to share the content with another Twitter chat community.
CT: Cut tweet; a partial retweet.
DM: Direct message; only you and the person who sent it can read.
FF: Follow Friday – Friday is the day designated for Twitter users to recommend other Twitter users for their followers to follow. The tweet contains "#FF" with the "@" sign and the name of the recommended Twitter account to follow.
HT: Hat tip - attributes a link to another Twitter user.
MM: Music Monday – Monday is the day designated for Twitter users to recommend songs or musical artists. The tweet contains the following; "#MM" and it is immediately followed by the recommended song or group.
MT: Modify Tweet – this means that you are changing/modifying a tweet prior to retweeting or the tweet you are reading has been modified from the original tweet. Placing square brackets [ ] in a tweet indicates that you or someone else has added or deleted an element of a tweet to offer another angle, challenge an assertion, or confer approval. If you are correcting a typo or factual error you would identify the tweet as "MT" and list the corrections in brackets [ ]. You should also flag the change to the original sender.
Mention: This is any tweet that contains "@username" anywhere in the body. (Note, @replies are also considered mentions.)
PRT: Partial Retweet – this means that the tweet you are viewing is a partial version of someone else's tweet.
PRT: Please Retweet. PRT has two meanings (Please Retweet or Partial Retweet)
TT: Trending Topic – these are the most mentioned topics or words posted by Twitter users during a specific time frame.
RT: Retweet – these are tweets that are being re-sent or retweeted. If you see an RT in a tweet it means the tweet you're looking at was forwarded to you by another user.
Trend: A topic "Trending" or "popular" right now on Twitter
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Twitter allows users to send messages containing only 140 characters. The following abbreviations let users say whatever they want and still remain within the limitations.
MIRL = Meet in real life
PLMK: Please let me know
QOTD: Quote of the day
UGC: User Generated Content
More Twitter Info
You can search for all of the tweets by a Twitter user by typing their username in the search box. Search for "@username" to view results.
Twitter users will only see @replies in their home timeline if they are following both the sender and recipient of the @reply.
Twitter users will see all mentions posted by someone they follow. Mentions are treated the same as a regular tweet.
Individuals with protected Twitter accounts are only allowed to send @replies to approved followers.
When a Twitter user sends an @reply to someone who is not following them, the @reply will not appear on your Tweets timeline, it will appear in the "Mentions Tab."