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Twitter Jargon You Need To Know

The other day we received a client question about how to retweet with a comment using the third-party application, Hootsuite. After helping the client with the inquiry, I began thinking about some abbreviations on Twitter that I only recently learned about and wanted to share some resources with The PR Lawyer readership.

Some of the most useful abbreviations on Twitter include:

• MT: Modified tweet. This means the tweet is a paraphrase of a tweet originally written by someone else.

• RT: Retweet. The tweet was forwarded by another user.

• DM: Direct message. A direct-message is a message only you and the person who sent it can read. Important to note: 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 sharing a link, but also thanking the Twitter user who originally shared it. You can also use “via” and include the other person’s Twitter handle.

• CC: Carbon-copy. Works the same way as email.

• IMHO: In my humble opinion.

• OH: Overheard.

• IRL: In real life

• FWIW: For what it's worth.

• QOTD: Quote of the day

• BTW: By the way

• AFAIK: As far as I know

• TY: Thank you

• YW: You're welcome

Read more on Business Insider here: http://articles.businessinsider.com/2010-08-02/tech/30060587_1_tweet-abbreviations-twitter-user#ixzz1ffeSQHCM

Some other helpful resources for those who use Hootsuite or prefer Twitter.com:

• http://help.hootsuite.com/entries/123905-how-to-send-a-reply-retweet-or-direct-mention 

• http://mashable.com/2009/04/16/retweet-guide/

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About this Author

Gina F. Rubel, Legal Marketing
Esquire

Gina Rubel is the president and CEO of Furia Rubel Communications (www.furiarubel.com). A public relations expert, attorney, and author, Gina teaches professional service firms nationwide how to use integrated communications to gain credibility, to get recognized and to build and retain business. She has been named one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business and a Philadelphia Business Journal Woman of Distinction. Furia Rubel is one of the top 25 PR agencies in the Philadelphia region and one of the top 300 nationally. Furia...

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