Study up on some frequently used Twitter terms.
Tweet (noun)

A message posted via Twitter containing 140 characters or less. Below is an example of a Tweet from Paul Gillin, quoting our CEO.

Tweet (verb)

Tweet, tweeting, tweeted. The act of posting a message through a Tweet.


Bring a Tweet to a user’s attention by including their @username in a Tweet. This is called a mention and will appear to the @username you mentioned as well as to all of your followers. You can see who mentioned you in the mention section of your Twitter profile.


You can pass along someone’s Tweet by retweeting it. Just hit the Retweet button to send the original message to all of your followers.

Message (or DM)

A direct message (DM) is a private message that only you and the recipient can see. To DM someone, start your Tweet with DM or D, eg: “DM @joesmith234 what is your order number?”


Users often add the hashtag symbol (#) before words or phrases in their Tweets to categorize them for others or to organize conversations around a theme. Users can click on hashtags to see similarly-themed Tweets.

Follow, Follower and Unfollow

To follow someone on Twitter is to subscribe to their Tweets in your timeline. A follower is another Twitter user who has followed you. To stop following another Twitter user is to unfollow them. Once you do this, their Tweets no longer show up in your timeline.


Your timeline is a list of real-time Tweets from the users you are following.


An @reply is a Tweet posted in reply to another user’s message. This is usually done by clicking the “reply” button in their Tweet. @replies always begin with the “@” symbol, follwed by the username.

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