Most Twitter users are familiar with the terms and abbreviations used to describe the service and its users. However, since I’m new to the Twitter world, I’ve had to do a bit of research. Here are a list of terms I’ve found along with a few suggestions of my own which are highlighted in red. In no way is this list complete, if you are looking for more technical terms along with others, click here.
Twitter: The service that allows average and not so average people tell others what mundane thing they are doing either by phone or email.
Tweet: a message created by a Twitter user which is available to the public and sent to any followers Twitterfeeds. It cannot exceed 140 characters.
Tweeps: One of several ways to refer to Twitter users. Others include “Tweeple” or “Twersons.” I guess calling them “Tweeters” is unacceptable.
Twit: Someone who spends most of their waking hours using Twitter, sending dozens of tweets daily about things that no one frankly cares about.
Twitwit: Someone who sends out dozens of daily tweets that are witty and fun to read.
Twitterstream – the list of others’ Tweets found when you log into Twitter.
Twoll: Someone who harasses others on Twitter to get a reaction.
Twitterverse: Like the blogosphere, but on Twitter. The Twitterverse is everything Twitter.
Twilebrity: A celebrity on Twitter.
Twitterfail: Someone using Twitter so badly it’s hilarious.
Twonk: A Twitter message that is impossible to understand, largely because it’s composed of unique abbreviations and acronyms never seen before.
Twerp: Someone who replies to your every Tweet with some sort of lame comeback.
Twitch: Someone who Tweets about other people in a negative way. OR – A tweet sent off in haste that has no relevance to anyone else’s lives. OMG I’m out of toothpaste!
Twyst: A love tryst played out in Tweets.