Twitter is used for many purposes, including:
• Sharing interesting web links
• Reporting local news you have witnessed
• Rebroadcasting fresh information you have received
• Making brief, directed commentaries to another person
• Emoting and venting
• Recording behavior, such as a change in location or eating habits
• Posing a question
• Rickrolling (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rickrolling)
• Organizing flash mobs and tweetups (in-person meetups with Twitter friends
The Twitter culture has created its own lexicon, filled with new words you should
know. Here are a few of the basics:
Tweet: The preferred name for a status update.
Retweet: The reposting of an interesting tweet from another twitterer.
Detweet: Craig Danuloff suggests there should be a way to refute someone’s post by passing
along a tweet with “a degree of disapproval” (Sad part is tht we have Like in Facebook and don't have an option for Dislike.).
Tweeple/tweeps: Twitter people, Twitter members, Twitter users, twitterers.
Twoosh: A tweet that is a perfect 140 characters long.
Tweetup: When tweeple meet in person.
For a more complete list of Twitter words, try Twittonary, the Twictionary wiki , or the Twitter Fan Wiki’s Twitter Glossary.