Quick Guide to Twitter


Hi Tweeps !

Definition : It's a word construct including a plurals of Twitter + People = Tweople = Tweeps. (People using Twitter).

What is Twitter?

Twitter is a Minature Blog - Micro-blogging is defined as a quick update usually containing a very limited number of characters. It is a popular features of social networks like facebook where you can update your status, but it has become best known because of Twitter.

So What is Twitter? - It is many different things to many different people. It can be used by a family to keep in touch, or a company to coordinate business, or the media to keep people informed or a writer to build up a fan base.

Twitter is micro-blogging. It is social messaging. It is an event coordinator, a business tool, a news reporting service and a marketing utility.

Now we have got what is Twitter out of the way, we have included our quick guide for it.

Twitter has its own language that has evolved and will continue to do so given that you are limited to 140 charactres, including usernames!. Therefore it's really important to understand the shorthand people commonly use. We have put togther a list of technical terms that relate back to Twitter Actions as well as some of the Shorthand Terms that are often used when tweeting. 


Twitter Actions

To retweet or RT means copying and pasting another users tweet with their username. It is a method of sharing a tweet so your followers can see.

MTModified Tweet

This is similar to a retweet, it is a RT that has been shortened to fit the 140 character limit.

DMDirect MessageDirect messages are hidden from public streams and can only be sent to people following you.
PRTPartial TweetThis can be used instead of MT. when removing information rather than modifying it, use this method.

/CC or


Carbon CopyThis is the same as when you CC someone in an email. This denotes that you are specifically attaching someone to a conversation or you believe it's relevant to them.


Hash Tag

The # symbol is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.

#Helping you find interesting Tweets

People use the hashtag symbol # before relevant keywords in their Tweet to categorize thoseTweets to show more easily in Twitter Search

Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets in that category

Hashtags can occur anywhere in the Tweet

Hashtagged words that become very popular are often Trending Topics

Using #

If you Tweet with a hashtag on a public account, anyone who does a search for that hashtag may find your Tweet

Don't #spam #with #hashtags. Don't over-tag a single Tweet. (Best Practices recommend usingno more than 3 hashtags per Tweet.)

Use hashtags only on Tweets relevant to the topic




Twitter Shorthand




Follow Friday

This is often misused, but this is used for suggesting to your followers a person that they should follow.

IMHOIn My Honest Opinion

In My Honest or Humble Opinion, a polite precurser to content.

BTWBy The WayBy the way!
YTYou ThereIs used to tweet somebody directly to get immediate response. Also is used for You Tube !


Thank YouBeing polite.


F*@#  My LifeSignifies that something bad has just happend to the tweeter.


Get The F*@# OutExpressing an opinion of sorts!


Not Safe For WorkUsed to warn readers about a link and content that could cause trouble if viewed at work. It is also widely used to distribute content that is not suitable for children.


Not Safe For LifeThis is used to warn that links and content are of a disturbing nature.