- Twitter is a social networking site that allows users to write short posts, known as “tweets.”
An example of Twitter is the site where you can post statements limited to 140 characters.
- The definition of a twitter is a state of excitement or nervous energy.
An example of twitter is to talk fast or giggle.
- To twitter is to make short high-pitched sounds, like a bird.
- An example of to twitter is for two women in a conversation to speak quickly.
- An example of to twitter is for a young girl to laugh excitedly.
- to make a series of light, sharp, intermittent vocal sounds; chirp continuously or tremulously, as birds do
- to talk in a rapid, tremulous manner expressive of agitation, timidity, etc.; chatter
- to giggle or titter
- to tremble with excitement, eagerness, etc.
Origin: Middle English twiteren, akin to German zwitschern: origin, originally echoic
- a light, sharp, intermittent vocal sound of a bird; chirping
- any similar sound
- a condition of trembling excitement; flutter
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verb twit·tered, twit·ter·ing, twit·ters verb, intransitive
- To utter a succession of light chirping or tremulous sounds; chirrup.
- a. To speak rapidly and in a tremulous manner: twittering over office gossip.b. To giggle nervously; titter.
- To tremble with nervous agitation or excitement.
- a. The light chirping sound made by certain birds.b. A similar sound, especially light, tremulous speech or laughter.
- Agitation or excitement; flutter.
Origin: Middle English twiteren, ultimately of imitative origin.
- twitˈter·er noun
- twitˈter·y adjective
twitter - Computer Definition
A very popular message broadcasting system that lets anyone send alphanumeric text messages up to 140 characters in length to a list of followers. Launched in 2006, Twitter was designed as a social network to keep friends and colleagues informed throughout the day. However, it became widely used for commercial and political purposes to keep customers, voters and fans up-to-date as well as to encourage feedback. After establishing a Twitter account at www.twitter.com, individuals can import their e-mail addresses as well as use the Twitter search to locate and invite people. Twitter messages ("tweets") can be made public and sent to anyone requesting the feed, or they can be sent only to approved followers. Messages can be sent and received via cellphone text messaging (SMS), the Twitter Web site or a third-party Twitter application. To follow a Twitter feed, the Twitter site and feed name become the URL; for example, Microsoft's Twitter feed is www.twitter.com/microsoft. Forward that Tweet (Retweet) Twitter becomes a viral conduit when users receive an interesting message and forward it to their followers. The ease of retweeting can quickly build large audiences. See retweet. Replies and Direct Messages (DMs) Initially a one-way broadcast from writer to follower, Twitter added a reply function that turned Twitter into a discussion group service. Tweets can also be private. Writers can send followers a private message called a "direct message" (DM), and followers can do likewise. Followers can also delete the DMs they sent, making them disappear from the writer's inbox. @ Signs and # Hashtags When someone replies to a Twitter posting, they use their Twitter account name preceded by an @ sign; for example, "@JohnDoe." A hashtag is a # prefix used to identify any topic so that it can be searched as a group. Hashtags are created for all major entities such as organizations, sports teams and political parties; however, they can be created for anything. For example, people commenting about a Twitter event in New York added the hashtag #nyctweetup in their postings, and all those messages could be viewed as a group by searching for #nyctweetup. From Mobile Blogging to Microblogging Twitter expanded "mobile blogging," the process of updating a blog from a cellphone, into updating a short activities blog (the "microblog") and immediately sending the update to followers. For more Twitter vocabulary, see Twitterese. See Vine and microblog.
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