Twitter terms can sometimes annoy, confuse, or just amuse. I've decided to make my own Twitter language, called Twitterese. It's easy to speak, just add tw- to the beginning of a word, tack on -itter on the end of a word, speak in #hashtags, or eliminate all spaces. It's even better if you can do all of that at the same time.
Example: I hatitter when the twelementary school piles on #schoolprojects all at twonce. #Bangmytwheadonthewallitter
For those who may need to brush up on actual twitter terms, here are a few (not in any particular order):
twitterspeak = the language of Twitter
(Oh yes, there is a language.)
tweet = a post on Twitter
(Although a good friend of mine calls her posts "twits", just because we love that word.)
tweeple = people on Twitter
*or, if you want to be cooler*
tweeps = your Twitter peeps
tweetup = when Twitter users meet in person
twitterverse = the Twitter universe
RT = retweet
(Basically quoting another person's tweet.)
# = a topic hashtag, like #kidlitchat, #writerwednesday, #amwriting, #NaNo
@ = indicates a username
(I'm @Bookmom2000. I've thought about switching to my actual name, but I haven't gotten around to it.)
#FollowFriday or #FF = where Twitter users share people that they think are worth following.
(I personally don't mind the practice, but I've read several places where people hate it and say that they stay off Twitter on Fridays because of it.)
DM = abbreviation for Direct Message, or sending a tweet to only one person
@ reply = replying to a person on Twitter where anyone else can see. You tag their username onto your tweet so they know you're talking to them.
tweeterbox = someone who tweets too much
twitterati = the A-list people everyone wants to follow
(Like me! ;)
autofollow = following someone automatically if they follow you
(I don't autofollow.)
For a more complete list, here's a link to Mashable's Twitterspeak: 66 Twitter Terms. But to be honest I haven't seen most of those terms in my adventures on Twitter.
And yes, believe it or not, there is an actual Twittonary. *Warning: From the tiny bit of browsing I did it has some very snarky entries.
Oops. Sorry. I meant to say it has snarkyitter twentries. #amusingbutpotentiallyvulgar