tilde or ~
This scribbly horizontal line has come to signify an individual user's Web site when housed on the server of an ISP. In real terms the tilde stands for a path which leads to that person's Web site on the server it is being kept. For example, http://www.best.com/~erinj - says that erinj is a best.com user and that her homepage is on best.com's server. When you look at the server you will notice that erinj's Web site is really located on the path: www.best.com/www/users/erinj , therefore the tilde is used to bypass the /www/users directories to make the URL or "Web address" a little shorter and easier to remember. The tilde character is on the top line of your keyboard to the far left.
NetLingo Classification: Technical Terms
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