Slang for the Twitter universe, it stands for the community of Twitter users and their collective voice. The twitterverse, like the blogosphere, has created a cornucopia of new online jargon including:

  • tweeps - Twitter followers, someone's Twitter peeps as in people
  • tweetup - A meetup (organized or impromptu gathering) of people that use Twitter
  • twitt - A newbie (or an insignificant, bothersome person) using Twitter
  • twitterati - Twitter power users, the tweet elite whose feeds attract thousands of followers
  • twitterature - Classic literature in tweets
  • retweet - Copying and posting another person's Twitter content
  • twibe - A group of Twitter users interested in a common topic
  • sweeple - Sweet Twitter people
  • tweepish - Feeling sheepish or regretful about something you tweeted
  • tweetaholic - A person addicted to tweeting
  • twittermob - A flash mob formed as a result of sharing information on Twitter
  • twitterhea - Feeling compelled to tweet constantly about every meaningless thing you do
  • twalker - One who "stalks" others on Twitter in the sense that he or she doesn't post tweets but rather just reads them and therefore lurks like a troll
  • tweckling - One who "heckles" via Twitter, most commonly seen at conferences or town halls 

Twitter is a microblogging tool to tell loyal followers what you're doing at any given time, in 140 characters or less. The twitterverse expanded quickly, as many social networking type sites tend to do, and businesses jumped on board using it as part of the business strategy to gain exposure for wide range of brands.

As is common with social media sites, they generate their own internal lingo, for example:    

  • MT = Modified tweet. This means the tweet you're looking at is a paraphrase of a tweet originally written by someone else
  • RT = Retweet. The tweet you're looking at was forwarded to you by another user
  • DM = Direct message. A direct-message is a message only you and the person who sent it can read. Important: To DM someone all you need to type is D username message
  • PRT = Partial retweet. The tweet you're looking at is the truncated version of someone else's tweet
  • HT = Hat tip. This is a way of attributing a link to another Twitter user
  • CC = Carbon-copy. Works the same way as email
NetLingo Classification: Online Jargon