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Twitter Glossary


The @ sign is used to call out usernames in Tweets, like this: Hello @Twitter! When a username is preceded by the @ sign, it becomes a link to a Twitter profile. 


To favorite a Tweet means to mark it as one of your favorites by clicking the yellow star next to the message. You can also favorite via SMS.


#FF stands for "Follow Friday." Twitter users often suggest who others should follow on Fridays by tweeting with the hashtag #FF.


To follow someone on Twitter is to subscribe to their Tweets or updates on the site. 


A follower is another Twitter user who has followed you. 


Your following number reflects the quantity of other Twitter users you have chosen to follow on the site.

GFF (Get Followers Fast)

Sites that promise to get you more followers if you provide your username and password. After signing up, these sites send spam from your account. Don't use them.


A user's "Twitter handle" is the username they have selected and the accompanying URL, like so:


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


A real-time list of Tweets from those you follow. It appears on your Twitter home page.


A timeline in the Connect tab displaying all ways other users have interacted with your account, like adding you to a list, sending you a @reply, marking one of your Tweets as a Favorite, retweeting one of your Tweets.


Mentioning another user in your Tweet by including the @ sign followed directly by their username is called a "mention". Also refers to Tweets in which your username was included.


A Twitter page displaying information about a user, as well as all the Tweets they have posted from their account.

Profile Picture

The personal image uploaded to your Twitter profile in the Settings tab of your account.


A Tweet posted in reply to another user's message, usually posted by clicking the "reply" button next to their Tweet in your timeline. Always begins with @username.

Retweet (noun)

A Tweet by another user, forwarded to you by someone you follow. Often used to spread news or share valuable findings on Twitter.

Retweet (verb)

To retweet, retweeting, retweeted. The act of forwarding another user's Tweet to all of your followers.

RSS Feed

Most commonly expanded as Really Simple Syndication. A family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works—such as blog entries or news headlines—in a standardized format.


Abbreviated version of "retweet." Placed before the retweeted text when users manually retweet a message. See also Retweet.


A real-time list of Tweets on Twitter.


Short for "Timeline."

Top Tweets

Tweets determined by a Twitter algorithm to be the most popular or resonant on Twitter at any given time.

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

A button anyone can add to their website. Clicking this button allows Twitter users to post a Tweet with a link to that site.


To cease following another Twitter user. Their Tweets no longer show up in your home timeline.

URL Shortener

URL shorteners are used to turn long URLs into shorter URLs. Shortening services can be found online.


Also known as a Twitter handle. Must be unique and contain fewer than 15 characters. Is used to identify you on Twitter for replies and mentions.


A process whereby a user's Twitter account is stamped to show that a legitimate source is authoring the account's Tweets. Sometimes used for accounts who experience identity confusion on Twitter.

Why Twitter?

Twitter Lesson - Part 1

How to sign up for a Twitter account


Twitter Lesson - Part 2

How to create a profile, follow someone, send and reply to a tweet

Twitter Lesson - Part 3

How to retweet, favorite a tweet, and build your PLN

Twitter Lesson - Hashtags

What are hashtags and how to use them


Twitter Hashtags

Privacy Settings

Follow me @salemlibraries

Follow Emma Higgins @grade3smarties

Follow Chelsea Ford @FordsFalcons

Follow Deanna Dufour @Du4sFirsties


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