6 Most Commonly Used Twitter Terms

By Laura Fitton, Anum Hussain, Brittany Leaning

Part of Twitter For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Twitter is a social networking platform with unique ways to engage with your network. As such, terms used to describe actions you can take on Twitter may not be in your usual vocabulary. This brief overview of these digital terms may help.

Task Command
@mention By placing the @ symbol in front of a username, you can tag
another user in your Tweet.
@reply By starting your Tweet with @username, you can reply publicly
to a single user.
Direct message (DM) A private message can be sent directly to a user on Twitter who
is already following you.
Follower A follower is someone who follows you on Twitter and sees your
updates on his home feed (Your home timeline displays a stream of
Tweets from accounts you have chosen to follow on Twitter).
Retweet (RT) This is a way for someone to share a Tweet from another user’s
account.
Hashtag Using the # symbol in front of any word or phrase tags your
Tweets. When someone clicks that hashtag, she sees your Tweet along
with everyone else’s Tweets using that same term.