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  • 1. Twitter Glossary
    May 31, 2011
    Twitter Training
  • 2. Terms and Definitions
    Hashtag (#) – placing a # in front of a keyword makes that word searchable. Hashtags can be anything from one word to multiple words but cannot contain spaces. These are often used for industry specific events or meetings, conferences and gatherings and to imply sarcasm or an inside joke.
    Example: I am speaking at #socialsummit.
    I am enjoying #jazzfest.
    I can’t believe she named her kids that! #mariahcareybabynames
    Handle (@____) – the Handle is your twitter name.
    Example: I am @andyknola on Twitter but Andy Kutcher in real life
  • 3. Terms and Definitions
    Retweet (RT) – Retweet, this is what you’ll see in front of a Tweet you send from another person.
    Example: RT @andyknola: What a beautiful day in NOLA!
    Via (V/ or Via/) – Another version of a Retweet. You’ll often see this at the end of a tweet.
    Example: What a beautiful day in NOLA! Via/ @andyknola
    Direct Message (DM) – A private conversation between two people.
    Example: You might see someone say “DM me your email address”
  • 4. Popular Hashtags
    #musicmonday or #mm – Music Monday, people often Tweet songs or lyrics
    #traveltuesday or #tt– Travel Tuesday, people Tweet travel deals/travel information or give shout-outs to travel people
    #followfriday or #ff – Follow Friday, people use this to give kudos to people they follow that they think other people should follow
    #NOLA – It is very popular for people to hashtag cities or places (if there isn’t a handle)
    #WhoDat – You’ll see this more and more as we get closer to Saints Season
    For more popular hashtags visit: http://hashtags.org/
  • 5. Popular Abbreviations
    SMH = Shaking My Head
    IRL = In Real Life
    FWIW = For What It’s Worth
    BC = Because
    FTW = For The Win
    FB = Facebook
    IMO = In My Opinion
    For more of the top Twitter Abbreviations visit: http://digiphile.wordpress.com/2009/06/11/top-50-twitter-acronyms-abbreviations-and-initialisms/

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