This is an interesting article from Pete Cashmore at mashable.com on the sometimes murky waters of Twitter terminology. If you’re confused by all of the abbreviations and jargon in the world of Twitter, (a.k.a the twitosphere) don’t worry, you’re not alone. In most cases it seems that by adding “Tw”- to the beginning of a word, tweeters have created a brand new vocabulary specifically catered to this micro-blogging service.
This new Web 2.0 lexicon has sparked Web pages such as Twictionary and Twittonary, which track all of the new words used on Twitter.
To view Pete’s list of 66 words visit his site here. I have chosen a few from his list that I think will be especially helpful for those starting to use Twitter for marketing and public relations purposes.
Amanda´s Condensed Version of Twitter Terminology for Marketing and Public Relations Professionals:d
- drive-by-tweet: a quick post in-between task
- beetweet: a buzzing tweet; a "hot" tweet
- reportwitters: reporter-style tweets
- tweeps: Twitter people that follow each other from one social media/network to another
- tweet-back: bringing a previous tweet conversation or reference back into the current conversation
- tweeter: a user of Twitter
- tweet(ing): the act of posting to Twitter
- tweets: posts on Twitter by tweeters
- twinkedIn: inviting friends made on Twitter to connect with you on LinkedIn
- twitosphere: community of tweeters
- twittcrastination: avoiding action while tweeting, procrastination enabled by Twitter use
- twittering: to send a Twitter message
- twitterject: interject your tweet into an existing tweet stream of conversation