Twitter

Glossary 

When you're first getting started on Twitter there is a LOT to take in. It is completely understandable that everything feels like a different language. If you're not a 'digital native' having grown up with Social Media and good IT skills, it can seem like a huge amount to learn.

But never fear! Here is a quick guide to all of the different buzzwords and jargony bits that you might see or hear on Twitter.

Keep Calm and Tweet On

Roll your mouse over the icons opposite to cut through the Twitter Jargon and get to grips with all the different symbols used.

Often referred to as 'RTs'
Often shortened to 'Fav'
Often shortened to 'DM'

Twitter

Twitter: a ‘micro-blogging site’ in which one can publically update their audience with brief and timely snippets of news or thoughts – referred to as ‘Tweets’

Tweet

The name given to one individual update on Twitter. Must be 140 characters or less

Twitter Handle / @ symbol

The @ symbol denotes a Twitter handle or more simply put, a username, the way you are discerned from other users. Each one must be unique and 15 characters or less. By typing another user’s Twitter handle with the @ symbol you can ‘Mention’ them in an update and they’ll be notified. Similar to 'tagging' another user on Facebook for example.

Hashtag

A word or phrase with a # symbol put in front of it. Hashtags are clickable and searchable. Once typed for example as #Cardiff or #SocialMedia they will lead you to all of the latest tweets from any other users featuring the same hashtags.

Retweet

A repost of a tweet from another account. A useful way of sharing other users content and still crediting them

Often referred to as 'RTs'

Reply

Hit this button to directly reply to another user. Twitter will automatically include their username and group your messages together in a conversation. If there is more than one username mentioned it will also give you the option to delete unnecessary usernames as you like.

Favourite

A favourite is similar to a 'like' on Facebook but other users aren't notified of your favourite - unless it was their tweet to begin with. They are a good way of showing appreciation for something without having to repost it to your page if say, it isn't particularly relevant to your followers.

Often shortened to 'Fav'

Direct Messages

A direct message is private and can only be seen between the two users messaging. Each of the parties must follow the other before Direct Messages can be sent

Often shortened to 'DM'

Other Useful Bits and Bobs:

Trending Topic

Trending Topics simply put are the most talked about topics at any given moment in any given location - usually denoted with a hashtag. For example when the newest addition to the Royal family was born #royalbaby trended in the UK.

Sent From...

Lots of companies and individuals use external applications to manage their Twitter accounts. This could be because they prefer the look and feel of the other sites or because of other useful features such as managing multiple accounts and different channels like Facebook and LinkedIn all at once. Here are some useful sites you might see crop up.

Buffer

Buffer

Buffer is a really useful external app to plan your tweets in advance. With a nice simple user interface it's great for beginners and advanced users alike. It also has Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ capability too!
Take a look here

Hootsuite

Hootsuite

Hootsuite is by far the most extensive Social Media Management tool out there. Great for Twitter it uses columns to organise all your messages that come in.
Take a look here

Sprout Social

Sprout Social

Sprout Social is a great application for marketing professionals as it has fantastic reporting functions. It is the most expensive of the bunch but definitely worth it for the right companies.
Take a look here

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