Advanced Twitter Terminology To Get You Tweeting Like A Pro

If you’ve mastered the ability to condense your thoughts into 140 characters and have @reply conversations with people on Twitter, it’s time you stepped up your game and learned some of the more advanced Twitter terminology.

You probably already know that when people add RT to a tweet they mean “retweet”. You’ve probably also noticed that they add the username of the account which originally sent out that tweet in order to give them credit. But do you know what a MT is? Or a HT?

Here is a short glossary of advanced Twitter abbreviations so you can correctly distinguish between a retweet and a modified tweet, and wow your followers with your Twitter knowledge.

RT: Retweet
This is the basic form of currency on Twitter. A retweet tells your followers that you found something of value in the original tweet, and you wanted to share it with them. Often, users will use “RT” instead of the following two abbreviations, but if you learn the difference, you’ll be a much more precise tweeter.

MT: Modified Tweet
A modified tweet is a tweet that you had to truncate to save space, or change in some way. A modified tweet retains the meaning of the original tweet in full, but the wording has changed.

PRT: Partial Retweet
A partial retweet is similar to a modified tweet, but it means more specifically that there is some idea that you left out of the original tweet, usually in order to save space or add your own two cents.

HT: Hat Tip
Just like the RT, MT and PRT, a HT is followed by someone’s Twitter username. However, you aren’t quoting them directly, nor are you retweeting them when you acknowledge them with a HT – you’re giving them a Hat Tip, a nod in acknowledgement that they provided you with the fodder (but not the content) for that tweet.

CC: Carbon Copy
Using a CC in a tweet works just like using one in an email. You are basically sending a carbon copy of that tweet to another Twitter user you think would be interested in it. You could leave out the CC and just include an @mention instead, but the CC clarifies that you want them to see the entire contents of the tweet.

Do you use any other Twitter abbreviations? We’d love to hear from you in the comments or on Twitter @alltwtr!