Twitter Strategies: Twitter Jargon In Plain English published this deansguide article 12-30-09

Before you can use Twitter you must first understand the lexicon, jargon that people use within Twitter. The following is a list of 20 jargon words or phrases on Twitter.

Twitter to English

  • Twitter: a micro-blogging social network using 140 character messages
  • Micro-blogging: a shorter version of blogging
  • Blog: contraction of the words Web and Log. Think of Capt. Kirk and his “Captains’ log star date entries” yes I am a Star Trek geek
  • Tweet: a 140 character (or less) message sent by you to your “network”
  • Network: those folks who follow you on Twitter
  • Followers: people or companies that follow your Tweet stream
  • Tweet Stream: the log of messages (tweets) you have compiled since you established your Twitter account
  • RT: aka ReTweet is a way to recognize and suggest someone’s content to your network of followers. It begins with a RT in front of their message. There is a new feature that allows you to RT without using the RT
  • Following: these are people or companies you choose to follow on Twitter
  • What You See: you will see “tweets” from the people-companies you follow
  • DM: aka direct message. This is Twitter’s version of private email between users
  • DM Spam: unfortunately the vast majority of DM’s are spam sales pitches with no concern as to whether you have established a relationship with that person or company
  • MLMers: these are the worst DM spammers on Twitter. The Multi Level Marketing armies that promise you riches if you buy their products and recruit your “down-line”
  • Twitter Bio: this is the area where you can briefly describe your company. They allow you to place one hyperlink in your bio
  • Mining the Blogroll: many folks looking for the right people to “follow” go to the “blogroll” on the right sidebar that is a picture box of people-companies that person follows. From this list you can begin to build the people or companies you wish to follow
  • Twitter Search: this is the goldmine where you can input keywords to find prospective clients, current clients, people talking about your area-product-service etc.
  • Keywords: Ex you work for a hotel resort in Miami. You are looking for vacationers and people visiting Miami. Some great keywords to input into Twitter search: “Miami” “Going to Miami” “Vactioning in Miami” “Resorts in Miami” “In Miami”
  • #: hastags are pound signs you can type in front of a word. When you do this this sends your tweet to a tweet stream that is being followed by a large group of people. EX #Followfriday this is an event that happens every Friday where each Twitter user can “recommend” people or companies to other Twitterers to follow
  • Lists: a fantastic way to go viral or move your content to many folks. When you are listed by people you are showcased within a niche for folks to observe
  • Tweet-Up: this is a real world live meeting of people who use Twitter. There are Tweet-ups going on nationwide and they are fantastic ways to network within your community

Top 10 Twitter Strategies for Realtors, Entrepreneurs, and Corporations published this deansguide article April 17, 2009

The Top 10 articles providing tips, strategies, and ideas for deansguide have garnered attention from the twitterverse, networking partners, and most notably Google. We rank #1 or #2 for the keywords “Twitter Strategies” and for the new robust Twitter search engine tool “Twazzup Strategies.” This is a guide for Realtors, entrepreneurs, small business owners, and corporate directors of any department to utilize in understanding the power of Twitter.

Top 10 Twitter Articles