I am laughing as I write because I just got a note on Facebook that asked, “Why do so many of your updates look like a foreign @language?” This is not the first time I have been asked this question and I am certain that most people on Twitter have been asked to translate tweets at a point…so I will attempt to translate into something that makes sense to everyone.
Tweet………a message limited to 140 characters
RT …………..this is a Retweet (Repeat) of someone else’s Tweet. (similar to forwarding an email you like)
DM…………..Direct Message – this is between two people instead of to everyone on Twitter.
@……………..This little sign is an “address” on Twitter. It’s the best way to indicate your name, it’s how people reference you.
#……………….This is, hmmm, it’s a reference for a topic. So, if you see #dogs – in a Tweet, the tweet is likely to be about dogs.
So, I think I covered the most major items. So below is a sample translation of something I would actually tweet:
RT @SterlingHope – we are proud to support @BFAS @CARE and @charitywater www.SterlingHope.com #socialgood
Translation: Repeating what Sterling Hope said, which is, “We are proud to support Best Friends Animal Society, CARE, and Charity Water. See our website. We are about doing social good.”
Hope this helps and if you have any questions I didn’t cover, just ask. I’m happy to help!