Are you new to Twitter? Confused at some of the lingo you see used in tweets? We are breaking down all of the short-codes and acronyms on Twitter so you can save some of your precious characters when you tweet (and understand what the heck people are tweeting about!).
Here we go:
API: Application Program Interface
API is a set of tools or a guide for building software apps’. These standards ensure most programs have a similar interface, allowing for users to transition between applications of their choice without learning a whole new set of skills!
CC: Carbon Copy
Just like when you email someone, a ‘cc‘ just means you want someone attached to a tweet or to see it. A simple solution and it saves some of your 140 characters!
DM: Direct Message
This is Twitters way of letting you interact with people you follow. So, if someone follows you, you can send them a ‘DM’. Essentially, it’s a message that no one else can see. You can do this by selecting ‘direct message’ when in a users profile OR simply begin your message with ‘D @(insert username here)’. That will do the trick too!
FF: Follow Friday
This trend is an easy one. If you have folks on Twitter you want to promote to your followers, use a hashtag (we’ll remind you of that term in a moment) plus the code. Example: ‘#FF‘, then add the users name. This trend happens, you guessed it, every Friday. It is an easy way to give credit to people who tweet content you find interesting. You should try tweeting, #FF @Tweet_Brander this Friday. You find our tweets informative and wonderful… right?!? Thought so ;)
This isn’t really an acronym, but it is a shortcode that is used daily. Hashtags are used as a search tool on Twitter. You can find more on the use and history of this symbol here.
MT: Modified Tweet
If you want to send another users’ tweet out on your own timeline but want to shorten, add a comment, whatever… add “MT” before that tweet. It allows your followers to know the info came from another person and you have altered it in some way. Here is an example (albeit, not a nice one!):
I get the feeling your parents agree… MT @amandabynes Don’t expect too much from ppl, less u expect, less disappointments u’ll face
— tara manis (@taramanis) March 28, 2013
I’m good everybody. Thx for the prayers and love.
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) March 16, 2013
A retweet signifies a tweet that has been repeated. You can ‘retweet’ by clicking the ‘RT’ button on any tweet (the original tweet will be sent to your followers in its entirety — with a small mention of your Twitter handle either above or below the message). Here is an example:
— Tweet Brander (@tweet_brander) March 27, 2013
You can also use a ‘Quote tweet’ to promote your own Twitter handle. This means your picture will show up in others timelines before that ‘retweeted’ message. You can also add a comment of your own before or after that message. This is an example:
— tara manis (@taramanis) March 27, 2013
Have you seen any other bizarre lingo that you need decoded for you? Let us know! Shoot us a tweet and we’ll be happy to add them to this list!
And for the full list of all of the lingo, check out our Twitter Glossary. You’ll be in the know, and as a result, we’ll send you a H/T!
[Acronym image: Shane Keller]