Alert
Close

Help hungry seniors. Deliver help and hope before Thanksgiving. Donate

AARP TEK

Twitter Terms: Learn How to Communicate Quickly and Concisely

En español | Editor’s Note: AARP TEK stands for technology, education, and knowledge. TEK helps people 50-plus who want plain language and user-friendly information on how to best use personal technology. The free program provides comprehensive online and in-person technology tips, trends, tools and hands-on lessons.

Tweet. Tweeting. Direct message. Mentions and Follows. Those are just a couple of terms you might catch yourself using when you jump into Twitter. But before you do, it may not make a lot of sense.

Facebook for New User

Jen Lee Reeves is AARP's social media trainer. — Ian Cunningham

I asked many people online why they use Twitter, and most tell me they use it because it is a quick way to connect and keep up to date with information. But many tell me it took a while to really “get” Twitter.

See also: Guide to Twitter terms (PDF)

What is so interesting about Twitter is you do not have to interact with other people to get a lot out of it. According to Twitter, most people use the site to follow accounts and do not post anything from their own accounts.

In my experience, the best way to learn how to tweet (that’s the noun for posting something on Twitter) is by watching posts from others. Watch how accounts talk to each other by putting a “@” in front of usernames. Watch how accounts reshare posts. Notice how Twitter automatically shortens links so it fits the 140 characters of a post.

The magic of Twitter is it’s easily used on Web browsers and phone/tablet apps. But it is important to know there are many more functionalities on the Web when compared to the apps. Online you can build lists or change many more account settings.

Learn more details about Twitter by downloading a guide to Twitter terms. There are also many other lessons you can learn about Twitter and other social media tools by visiting the AARP TEK social media training page.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

1-800flowers.com (1-800flowers.com)

Members save 20% or $20 on purchases of $79.99  from
Fruitbouquets.com.

Collette Vacations

Members save up to $200 per couple on select tours with Collette Vacations.

Live Nation

Members save 25% or more when buying tickets in groups of four from Ticketmaster.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.

Rewards for Good

Your Points Balance:

Learn More

Earn points for completing free online activities designed to enrich your life.

Find more ways to earn points

Redeem your points to save on merchandise, travel, and more.

Find more ways to redeem points