Double double, toil and trouble twitzer twhirl twitch and twubble . The language of Shakespeare’s era may be difficult to understand but so is internet speak; the vocabulary of Twitter adding to the frothing cauldron.

Where do you begin with Twitter?:

As you may know the basic Twitter interface is just that – basic. Type in a short message and press enter. There are some official twitter commands that you can use. For example the @ command before a contacts name addresses a message to that person:

  • From Sueblimely ” @Shakespeare Your rhymes are more revolting than Roald Dahl’s”
  • DHLawrence to Shakespeare – “@Shakespeare When I read Shakespeare I am struck with wonder That such trivial people should muse and thunderIn such a lovely language.”
  • replies from Shakespeare:
    • @Sueblimely I thank you for your voice: thank you: Your most sweet voice. I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.
    • @ DHLawrence Thou surly ill-breeding death-token!

Adding “Retweet: @” indicates that you are rebroadcasting a message made by someone else. e.g.

  • Retweet: @Hamlet I am struck with wonder That such trivial people should muse and thunder In such a lovely language.

A hashtag (#) before a word is a kind of tag, a word which identifies a topic, place, event etc.

Hamlet Yorick Twitter
#Hamlet @horatio O, I die, Horatio; The potent poison quite o’er-crows my spirit: I cannot live to hear the tweets from England;

Be careful you do not misquote 🙂 It may help to take a look at The Art and Science of Retweeting for Twitteraholics by Blogging Bits.

There are so many applications, clients. scripts and extensions for interacting with Twitter (hereafter referred to as “thingies” – no that should be “thwingies”). Twitter is becoming far more than a simple messaging platform; with potential to provide us with valuable targeted multimedia information via computer and phone. Taking advantage of this means using more than the basic twitter site interface.

Where to find out more about Twitter thwingies:

How and why to use Twitter:

That is enough reading material for now. While writing this, I have been trying to think of new twitter terms. How about:

  • Twinkling – what the the Twitterati Glitterati do, whereas the rest of us tweet or twitter.
  • Twender – how you message your sweetheart.
  • Twyslexic – bad spelling in tertwit
  • Twenterhooks – when you are waiting eagerly for a reply

I will leave you to guess what these already coined unofficial Twitter terms mean.

  • Twisticuffs
  • Twitterrheart
  • Tweetheart

You can find the answers on the Twitter Fan Wiki Glossary and check out more Twitter terms and shortcuts on their Twictionary.

If you can think of any more of these, or know of good beginner’s guides to Twitter, please leave a comment or send a tweet to @Sueblimely.

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I am Sue Bride, a Professional Blogger, Web Developer and Internet Marketer from the Mornington Peninsula, Australia. Here I talk about tools and resources for Blogging, Social Media, Networking, Wordpress, SEO, Images and Marketing. I create Wordpress sites for charity and small business.