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A guide to help you understand Twitter chatter and slang.
What is Twitter?
Twitter is a free social messaging tool that lets people stay connected through brief text message updates up to 140 characters in length. Twitter is based on you answering the question “What are you doing?” You then post thoughts, observations and goings-on during the day. Your update is 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 Chat and Slang
As with any new social medium, there is an entire vocabulary that users of the Twitter service adopt. Most of the Twitter-based terms and phrases are used to describe the collection of people who use the service, while other terms are used in reference to describe specific functions and features of the service itself. Here are more than 30 words and phrases that are associated with the Twitter social service:
Here are some terms you should know:
hashtag (#)- metadata, search term search words
treanding- what hashtags or terms are being tweeted about the most
tweetup- a social event of twitter users in a specific area
#fb- part of the selective tweets application for facebook, will post the users tweet to facebook as long as they has approved that app
#yam- hashtag that posts the users update to their yammer network
#in- hashtag that post users update to their LinkedIn profile
Follow Friday- one of the first twitter trends, it is the practice of tweeting usernames of people who you think your followers should follow, used with the hashtag #ff #followfriday
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