If you’re new to Twitter (or even if you’re not) you may find some of the jargon a bit confusing. If so, here’s a handy guide to some of the key things you need to know:
Twitter Handle: This is your user name, or the name you choose to represent yourself on Twitter
To Follow: To subscribe to someone‘s updates on Twitter. You do this by clicking the Follow button on that person‘s Twitter page. When you follow someone, their updates will be displayed on your Twitter homepage so you know what they’re up to
To Follow Back: To subscribe to the updates of a Twitter user who has recently started following you
Follower: Someone who has subscribed to receive your updates. You can see your total number of followers on your Twitter profile page.
Update: Also known as a Tweet, each update can be up to, but not greater than, 140-characters
@Reply: A public message sent from one Twitter user to another by putting @USERNAME (where the username is the intended recipient) anywhere within the Tweet.
Direct Message (or DM): A private message sent from one Twitter user to another by either clicking the message link on their profile or typing D USERNAME
Timeline: A list the real-time updates from you and those you follow
Tweet-Up: An event specifically organized for Twitter users to meet up and network
Retweet (or RT): To repeat something someone else has already tweeted, a bit like forwarding an email to others. You do this if someone has said something valuable or interesting and you want your own network to see the information too. Example: Retweet @louhudson1: check out this amazing resource
Hashtag (#): A tagging system used to aggregate the conversation surrounding an event, topic, or theme. Hashtags are created by combining a # symbol with a word or phrase (#grantham or #newark for example)
Twitter Lists: Public lists that any Twitter user can create by any theme they choose. Twitter Lists generate Twitter streams that include chosen Twitter users.
Trending Topics: Displayed on the right-hand side of your Twitter homepage, trending topics are words, phrases, or hashtags that are popular on Twitter at a given time.
Promoted Tweets: Tweets that have been supported and promoted by paid marketing efforts – a bit like Google ads
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