GO TO GATZ: Twitter Dictionary

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Don't know the difference between a handle and a hashtag? A retweet and a reply? This Twitter Dictionary will get you on your way to tweeting like a pro!

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  1. 1. GO TO GATZ: Twitter DictionaryDon’t know the difference between a handle and a hashtag? This Twitter Dictionary will get you well onyour way to tweeting like a pro!#See "Hashtags"@The @ sign is used to call out usernames in Tweets, like this: Hello @Twitter! When a username ispreceded by the @ sign, it becomes a link to a Twitter profile. See also Replies and MentionsAlgorithmA computational procedure for solving a problem in a finite number of steps. Used frequently on Twitterto determine most popular Tweets and trending topics.APIAn Application Programming Interface. Contains all Twitter data and is used to build applications thataccess Twitter much like our website does.Application (Third-Party)A third-party application is a product created by a company other than Twitter and used to access Tweetsand other Twitter data.AvatarThe personal image uploaded to your Twitter profile in the Settings tab of your account.BioA short personal description used to define who you are on Twitter.BlockingTo block someone on Twitter means they will be unable to follow you or add you to their lists, and theirmentions are not delivered to your mentions tab. Gatz Optimize, LLC PO Box 2949, Chicago, IL 60654 312.835.2713 Copyright © 2011
  2. 2. BugA bug is an internal error in the Twitter site code and functionality.Buttons (Goodies)Twitter buttons are available in the Goodies tab of your account, and are used to link to Twitter fromother webpages. See also Widgets.CacheA collection of stored data on your computer containing information that may be required in the futureand can be accessed rapidly.ChirpTwitters annual official developer conference. First held in 2010 in San Francisco.ConnectionsThe Applications tab in your Twitter settings shows all third party websites and applications to whichyouve granted access your public Twitter profile. Revoke access at any time.DeactivationA way to remove your profile from Twitter. Information on removed profiles remains tied in the systemfor 30 days.DevelopersEngineers who dont work for Twitter, but who use Twitters open-source API to build third-partyapplications.Direct MessageAlso called a DM and most recently called simply a "message," these Tweets are private between only thesender and recipient.DMSee Direct Message.Email NotificationsPreferences set by Twitter users to regulate notifications via email about events on your account, such asnew followers and new direct messages. Gatz Optimize, LLC PO Box 2949, Chicago, IL 60654 312.835.2713 Copyright © 2011
  3. 3. FavoriteTo favorite a Tweet means to mark it as one of your favorites by clicking the yellow star next to themessage. You can also favorite via SMS.FF#FF stands for "Follow Friday." Twitter users often suggest who others should follow on Fridays bytweeting with the hashtag #FF.Find PeopleThe Find People tab (to find people) is Twitters search feature used to locate friends on the site.FollowTo follow someone on Twitter means to subscribe to their Tweets or updates on the site.Follow CountThe numbers that reflect how many people you follow, and how many people follow you. Found on yourTwitter Profile.FollowerA follower is another Twitter user who has followed you.FollowingYour following number reflects the quantity of other Twitter users you have chosen to follow on the site.Geolocation / GeotaggingThe use of location data in Tweets to tell us where you are in real time. Is also called "Tweet With YourLocation."GFF (Get Followers Fast)Sites that promise to get you more followers if you provide your username and password. After signingup, these sites send spam from your account. Dont use them.GoodiesA tab at the bottom of your Twitter homepage containing links to widgets, buttons, and other nifty third-party website integration tools. Gatz Optimize, LLC PO Box 2949, Chicago, IL 60654 312.835.2713 Copyright © 2011
  4. 4. HackedSee Hacking.HackingGaining unauthorized access to an account via phishing, password guessing, or session stealing. Usuallythis is followed by unauthorized posts from the account. Users often use the word "hacking" for manythings that are not hacking.HandleA users "Twitter handle" is the username they have selected and the accompanying URL, like so:http://twitter.com/username.HashtagThe # symbol is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. Was created organically by Twitter users.Help TicketA request for help filed to the Twitter Support team via links in relevant articles on help.twitter.com.Home TimelineA real-time list of Tweets from those you follow. Appears on your Twitter home page.HovercardsFloating messages about other Twitter users. They appear when hovering over a username on Twitter, oron other sites on the web.ImpersonationTo pretend to be someone on the internet that you are not. Impersonation that is intended to deceive isprohibited under the Twitter Rules. Parody accounts are allowed.Known IssueAn error within our site that our engineers know about and are currently working to fix.ListedTo be included in another Twitter users list. Listed numbers and details appear in the statistics at the topof your profile. Gatz Optimize, LLC PO Box 2949, Chicago, IL 60654 312.835.2713 Copyright © 2011
  5. 5. ListsCurated groups of other Twitter users. Used to tie specific individuals into a group on your Twitteraccount. Displayed on the right side menu of your homepage.Log InThe act of signing in to ones Twitter account on www.twitter.com or any third party application.MentionMentioning another user in your Tweet by including the @ sign followed directly by their username iscalled a "mention". Also refers to Tweets in which your username was included.Mobile WebTwitters website tailored to fit your mobile device. Visit it at mobile.twitter.com.OAuthA method to allow a user to grant a 3rd party access to their account without giving up their password.OH"OH" most often means "Overheard" in Tweets. Used as a way to quote funny things people overhear.Over Capacity PageUsers sometimes refer to this page as the "Fail Whale" page. The "Twitter is over capacity" message and awhale image shows up when the site is having trouble keeping up with trafficParodyTo spoof or to make fun of something in jest. Twitter users are allowed to create parody Twitter accounts,as well as commentary and fan accounts.PhishingTricking a user to give up their username and password. This can happen by sending the user to fakelogin page, a page promising to get you more followers, or just simply asking for the username andpassword via a DM or email.ProfileA Twitter page displaying information about a user, as well as all the Tweets they have posted from theiraccount. Gatz Optimize, LLC PO Box 2949, Chicago, IL 60654 312.835.2713 Copyright © 2011
  6. 6. Promoted TweetsTweets that selected businesses have paid to promote at the top of search results on Twitter.Protected/Private AccountsTwitter accounts are public by default. Choosing to protect your account means that your Tweets willonly be seen by approved followers and will not appear in search.QueryA search performed to retrieve information from a database.Real NameA name that can be different from your username and is used to locate you on Twitter. Must be 20-characters or fewer.ReplyA Tweet posted in reply to another users message, usually posted by clicking the "reply" button next totheir Tweet in your timeline. Always begins with @usernameRestoration / ReactivationThe act of bringing a deactivated account back to life on Twitter. Its alive!!Retweet (noun)A Tweet by another user, forwarded to you by someone you follow. Often used to spread news or sharevaluable findings on Twitter.Retweet (verb)To retweet, retweeting, retweeted. The act of forwarding another users Tweet to all of your followers.Robot (Somethings Not Working Error)An error message when something on the site is not working. (Hint: try refreshing the page to make himgo away.)RSS FeedMost commonly expanded as Really Simple Syndication. A family of web feed formats used to publishfrequently updated works—such as blog entries or news headlines—in a standardized format. Gatz Optimize, LLC PO Box 2949, Chicago, IL 60654 312.835.2713 Copyright © 2011
  7. 7. RTAbbreviated version of "retweet." Placed before the retweeted text when users manually retweet amessage. See also Retweet.ScreencastA digital recording (video) of a computer screens output.ScreenshotAn image captured on your computer or phone displaying your screens output. Often used to shareinformation with Twitter support agents while troubleshooting.Search (Integrated Search)A box on your Twitter homepage that allows you to search all public Tweets for keywords, usernames,hashtags, or subject. Searches can also be performed at search.twitter.com.Short CodeA five-digit phone number used to send and receive Tweets via text message.Sleep TimeHours in which all mobile Twitter updates will cease to be delivered to your phone. Can be set up throughyour Settings tab.SMSShort Message Service (SMS) is most commonly known as text messaging. Most messages are a maximumof 140 characters.SpamUnwanted messaging or following on Twitter. We work hard to eliminate it.SuspendedThe act of being prevented from using Twitter due to breach of our Terms of Service.Text CommandsWhen using Twitter via SMS, these commands allow you to access most Twitter features with simple textkeywords. Gatz Optimize, LLC PO Box 2949, Chicago, IL 60654 312.835.2713 Copyright © 2011
  8. 8. Third Party ApplicationA third-party application is a product created by a company other than Twitter and used to access Tweetsand other Twitter data.TimelineA real-time list of Tweets on Twitter. See also Home Timeline.TimestampA note displaying when a Tweet was posted to Twitter. Can be found in grey text directly below anyTweet. Is also a link to that Tweets own URL.Top TweetsTweets determined by a Twitter algorithm to be the most popular or resonant on Twitter at any giventime.Trending TopicA subject algorithmically determined to be one of the most popular on Twitter at the moment.Tweet (verb)Tweet, Tweeting, Tweeted. The act of posting a message, often called a "Tweet", on Twitter.Tweet (noun)A message posted via Twitter containing 140 characters or fewer.Tweet Button (noun)A button anyone can add to their website. Clicking this button allows Twitter users to post a Tweet with alink to that site.TweeterAn account holder on Twitter who posts and reads Tweets. Also known as Twitterers.TwitterAn information network made up of 140-character messages from all over the worldTwittererAn account holder on Twitter who posts and reads Tweets. Also known as Tweeters. Gatz Optimize, LLC PO Box 2949, Chicago, IL 60654 312.835.2713 Copyright © 2011
  9. 9. UnfollowTo cease following another Twitter user. Their Tweets no longer show up in your home timeline.URLA Uniform Resource Locator (URL) is a web address that points to a unique page on the internet.URL ShortenerURL shorteners are used to turn long URLs into shorter URLs. Shortening services can be found online.UsernameAlso known as a Twitter handle. Must be unique and contain fewer than 15 characters. Is used to identifyyou on Twitter for replies and mentions.VerificationA process whereby a users Twitter account is stamped to show that a legitimate source is authoring theaccounts Tweets. Sometimes used for accounts who experience identity confusion on Twitter.White-listedA type of account that is allowed to go beyond the restrictions imposed by Twitter. This could be followerlimits, posts, API access, etc.WidgetA bit of code that can be placed anywhere on the web. Updates regularly with ones Twitter updates inreal time. Gatz Optimize, LLC PO Box 2949, Chicago, IL 60654 312.835.2713 Copyright © 2011

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