What does FWIW mean on Twitter

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Discussions on and about Twitter are full of abbreviations and jargon that can confuse new Twitter users. What are people talking (and tweeting) about? The following glossary defines some of the confusing abbreviations and Twitter terms you might come across.

AFAIK: As far as I know.

bot: An account that is run by an automated program. You can find good bots, such as the ones that pull all the headlines out of a media outlet. But you can also find bad bots that only post generic tweets that are usually filled with links to internet marketing sites or porn.

You can often identify these bots by a generic "hot chick" avatar or their unequal follower / following ratio (meaning they follow hundreds or thousands of people, but only a few follow them).

DIAF: Die in a fire; expresses extreme anger with a person or with an idea.

direct messages (DMs) : Private messages sent to specific Twitter users on your network.

dweet: A tweet sent under the influence. Drunk tweeting can be amusing for your Twitter stream, but it can have permanent ramifications for you as Google indexes all tweets. Be careful when tweeting!

Early adopter: The avid people, often closely associated with the digital media community in Silicon Valley, tend to be the first to use a new device or technology. For example, Twitter's early adopters are those who were there before or during the SXSW (South by Southwest) conference in March 2007 when Twitter made its first major appearance.

FailWhale: The cartoon whale that appears when you try to load a page on Twitter. com domain when the domain's servers are overloaded. In the early days of Twitter, the tiny start-up was known for its unreliability as its rapid growth had overtaken its server power.

Back then, FailWhale was popping up several times a day, and many Twitter users casually use the term FailWhale to show disapproval of something on or off Twitter that wasn't working properly. But don't worry: the days of FailWhale appearances on Twitter have been over for months.

FTL: For the loss. The opposite of FTW, FTL is a quick way to show disappointment or dissatisfaction.

FTW: For the win; a quick way to show appreciation or enthusiasm. The term comes from speaking of gamers and hackers. Many of the abbreviations on Twitter have their roots in the colloquial language that appeared in video games, hacker forums or instant message programs as early as the 1980s.

FWIW: What it's worth for.

hashtag: Words preceded by the # symbol. Basically, hashtags identify something as a keyword for searching. They are surprisingly powerful, as real-time events (but virtual), and even communities can form around them. At the time of writing, #journchat is a community of public relations professionals and journalists who discuss their business every Monday night.

IMO or IMHO: In my opinion or in my humble opinion.

Metrics: A way to measure what service means to businesses and individuals when it comes to the return on time invested. Because Twitter has built so many analytical applications on top of its API, you can find tons of Twitter metrics there.

After using Twitter for a short period of time, check out your Twitter note on TwitterGrader. com.

Microfunding or Microgiving: A means of using microblogging to raise funds for charity. Some Twitter apps like TipJoy that specialize in microfinance and nonprofits like Charity: Water have made Twitter microfinance a priority.

Microsharing or microblogging: The social media niche that includes Twitter. Other services - like Jaiku, Pownce, and Plurk - also specialize in microblogging, but none of them have done nearly as much as Twitter. Several microsharing services have already been closed by their creators.

mistweet: A tweet you mistakenly sent because you either sent it to the wrong person or accidentally sent a public tweet that you intended to be a DM. Either way, it's a tweet you regret.

OH: Not heard. Used to anonymously quote something weird you've heard, usually in real life. OHs look like this: "OH:" Has anyone smelled bacon? Because I sure did. '"

To see all of the Tweets that are preceded by OH, follow @overheard on Twitter.

@replies: Public Tweets are aimed at specific people - anyone can see them and join the conversation.

RT or R / T: Stands for retweet, the equivalent of a quote from Twitter. When you come across a tweet that you want to quote by paying tribute to the original user, hover over a tweet and click the Retweet link that appears.

A retweet looks like this: “RT @pistachio Boston - Outdoor Skating Party this weekend, Sunday at 1pm. DM me if interested?” By putting RT at the top of the retweet, you also make sure everyone sees your tweet may because some members choose to turn off @Replies that are not directed at them.

Keep in mind, however, that retweeting will add characters to a tweet and may force it past the 140 character limit. If so, you may want to reference it directly instead. When productive Twitter users post a tweet that they want to retweet on their network (for example, announcing an event or a charitable cause), many of them scrupulously keep it short to prevent this problem.

Spammers: Spammers inundate your Twitter stream, just like email and other internet tools, sending you useless content, mostly to sell you. Fortunately, spamming on Twitter is hard because you don't have to follow anyone and because Twitter is tough works to remove accounts that try to take advantage of others and violate their Terms of Use (TOS).

tweeple or tweeps: Some twitter users say tweeps to refer to the entire Twitter community whereas others use it to refer only to those on their networks.

tweet: Either a noun or a verb. Your 140-character updates are called on Twitter Tweets, and you can also say, "I tweeted."

tweetaholic or twitterholic: Someone who is addicted to Twitter. Many avid users self-deprecatingly throw up this term when they find Twitter more than normal. Also the term twitterholic can refer to twitterholic. com, a Twitter metrics application that measures the relative popularity of Twitter users.

tweetup: A play on words at the meeting tweetup refers to a gathering of Twitter users organized through Twitter. Tweetups can take many forms: a get-together for Twitter users who happen to be in the same city for a concert or festival, locals wanting to try a new restaurant or bar, or even a late-night hangout with karaoke enthusiasts.

twinfluence: Short for twitter influence . Can be based on criteria such as the number of followers, the frequency with which they are retweeted, the number of people who reply to them, or any other variety of metrics. An actual website at www. Twin fluence. com uses social network analysis to approximate the influence of different Twitter accounts.

TwitPic: One of the most popular third-party applications based on Twitter's API. TwitPic allows you to upload a photo, often from the camera on your mobile phone, to TwitPic, which will automatically send a tweet associated with the picture with the caption of your choice.

twitter: Can be used as a verb ("I was twittering") but not a noun. Note: dont say twit ("Send a sucker" for example is never correct) because some parts of the world have negative connotations.

Twitter Squatter: Much like a domain squatter on the rest of the web, someone using the Twitter username that matches a well-known brand name or the name of a famous person, often in the hope of personal gain or monetary gain.

Fortunately, the guys behind Twitter quickly deal with these people if the person or brand in question wants that name back (William Shatner, Steve Wozniak, and others fell victim to squatters). they may not even on an account name without using it as an active account. New users can request (and often receive) usernames that have been abandoned for more than six to nine months.

Twitter stream: The constantly updated and flowing timeline of everyone you want to follow on Twitter; also as Feed designated.

T witterati : A play on words literati and glitterati, These are the A-listeners perceived by Twitter that users follow or want to follow. ..It's way beyond the point of twitter that is supposed to connect with the people who you interested, not just the most popular. Fortunately, true celebrities start to tweet, and in time that word won't mean much.

twitterverse: The universe of people, tools, applications, and services on Twitter, that is, the entire Twitter community and ecosystem of other related things.