# - Hashtag
The hashtag symbol (#) is used to mark keywords, phrases
or topics in a Tweet, and help them show more easily in
Using a hashtag turns the word or phrase into a link.
Clicking on a hashtagged word shows you all other Tweets
marked with that keyword.
The @-sign is used to mention another Twitter account.
Within a tweet it becomes a link to that user’s profile, and
the user you mentioned will see that he or she was
mentioned in a tweet.
The “hat” or “caret”-sign can be used in a tweet send by an
individual on behalf of a group account used by multiple
people so followers know who is tweeting. It usually
appears at the end of a Tweed and followed by the initials of
the user that sent the tweet.
An avatar (also known as Profile Picture) is the graphical
representation of a user shown in front of a tweet.
A short personal description of maximum 160 characters
used to explain who you are on Twitter.
Direct Message (DM)
A Direct Message (= DM) is a private message on twitter
between 2 people. You can only send a Direct Message to a
user who follows you. You can either send a DM by clicking
on the radar icon and select “Direct Messages” or you start
a tweet with “d” followed by someone's username.
To favorite a Tweet means that you like a message, and to
show that you click on the yellow star next to the tweet. The
sender will get a message that you favorited his tweet.
The stream of tweets
you see on you
homepage is called a
feed. It contains
updates from users
you follow on Twitter.
To follow someone on Twitter means that you subscribe to
his tweets by clicking on the “Follow” button located
directly above the user’s Twitter feed.
A follower is a Twitter user who follows you, and subscribed
to your tweets.
Follow Friday (FF)
#FF stands for “Follow Friday”, a way to recommend
another Twitter user by suggesting to your followers to
Handle is a fancy word for your username on Twitter
Twitter allows you to create lists used to create an overview of twitter
users in one group (for example a list where you combine “journalists”).
Once set-up, a Twitter user can select a Twitter List to view just the
tweets of those allocated to the list (acting as a filter).
Mentioning another user in your Tweet by including the @-sign
followed by their username is called a “mention”. Of course other users
can also mention you in their tweets.
Modified Tweet (MT)
Similar to a retweet (RT), meaning that you re-
share another user’s tweet, but in this case with
modifications. A Modifiet Tweet occurs most
often when a user needs to shorten the Tweet in
order to add commentary and still maintain the
maximum of 140 characters.
Companies can pay to promote tweets at the top of search results on
Twitter, called Promoted Tweets.
When someone replies to your Tweet, they
will start the Tweet with your username (e.g.
When you see a tweet you like written by someone else, and you want
to share that with your Followers you can Retweet, meaning re-share it.
By doing so you also give credit to the person who tweeted the original
Your “home” timeline is a long stream showing all Tweets from those
you have chosen to follow on Twitter in a chronological order. When
you click on a Twitter user you can see his “personal” timeline, meaning
a list with all his tweets chronologically ordered.
Tweets determined by a Twitter algorithm to be the most popular or
resonant on Twitter at any given time.
A public message posted via Twitter
containing 140 characters or fewer is
called a Tweet.
A Twitter user who posts and reads Tweets is called a Twitterer. Twitter
users are also called Tweeps, Twits, Tweeple, Twitterai, … and many
When you stop following another Twitter user you “unfollow” him. His
tweets will no longer show up in your home timeline. But no worries, he
won’t be alerted that you stopped following him.
A verified Twitter account is an account that Twitter has confirmed to
be the real person. Twitter does this mostly for celebrities and ads a
symbol on their profile next to their username to make it clearfor
fans that they are following the real deal, and not a fake account.
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