Twitter 101

Guide to Twitter lingo


Talk the Twitter talk



Let’s start at the beginning.

What’s a Tweet?

There wouldn’t be a Twitter without Tweets. Tweets are the messages posted to Twitter that make up the whole Twitter experience. They can contain text, photos, videos, or links, and are made to be shared and interacted with.

An example Tweet and Reply which contain text and images of a teddy bear

Pro Tip

Say “Tweet” as a noun...or a verb

“Check out my first Tweet” works the same way as “I just Tweeted for the first time!” Oh, and make sure it’s always capitalized.


Say it again with a Retweet.

See a Tweet in your timeline that you love and want to show everyone who’s following* you? Just tap that Retweet button!

*Following someone on Twitter means subscribing to their Tweets.


 An example of the Retweet button on the Twitter mobile app


Tweets can include hashtags — a keyword or phrase (without spaces) with the “#” symbol before it.

Hashtags connect conversations and help you find content. They bring people together around a topic, inspire the world, and create community. #fact

Tap a hashtag to see other Tweets using the same one.


Examples of different Twitter hashtags like #FitFam, #Funny, and #TBT

Pro Tip

Get #eyes on your Tweets

Want more people to see your Tweets? Add a trending hashtag. You might even get some new followers from people searching the hashtag!



The iconic @

Have you seen the “@” symbol popping up on Twitter? Learn what it means here.


Getting a handle on names

Your username (more commonly known as a handle) begins with an “@” symbol. It’s unique to you and appears on your profile page. 

Example: @TwitterSupport

Note: Your display name — referred to as “name” — is a personal identifier on Twitter and is separate from your username. It can be something playful, a business name, or a real name. It’s displayed next to your username and can be changed anytime.

Find and tag people with @

Use @ to call out usernames in Tweets (mentions), to send messages, or to link out to a profile. 

When you use mentions, you tag accounts in a Tweet to bring others into the conversation. Add the “@” symbol followed by a username in a Tweet and whoever you tag will get a notification.


An example Tweet showing how to use the @ symbol to mention another user

Pro Tip

Get their attention...with a mention

We’ve got it handled. When you want to mention someone in your Tweet, just type @ and we’ll show you suggestions from your following and follower list.



For all the hot Twitter lingo, check out our Glossary.



Twitter lingo 101

Flex your Twitter vocab skills: 

  • Tweets, Retweets, and hashtags
  • The iconic “@”

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