Localizing Your Tweets

By Stacey
Aug 21, 2015 · 2 min

Social Media has changed the way we interact and the way we behave, and users of social media platforms have created their own terminology.

Localizing Your Tweets | One Hour Translation

Social Media has changed the way we interact and the way we behave, and users of social media platforms have created their own terminology. Let’s use Twitter as our example. Twitter is a social media platform where users’ posts are limited to 140 characters.


Twitter is also responsible for the use and popularity of hashtags. A hashtag is a word or phrase which is preceded by a hash mark - like so # - and they’re used to denote the post’s topic. So, from the hashtags you can easily see which topis are popular (trending) in the Twitter community. And, because of the limited space allowed per post, users are forced to use abbreviations.

Have a look at our list of some of the more popular Twitter terms –

  • Tweet: A post.
  • @: at – To refer to a user in a tweet; or alternatively to direct a tweet to another user.
  • RT: Retweet - Means to re-post another user’s tweet.
  • #FF: Follow Friday – It’s common on Fridays for users to recommend twitter accounts for others to follow.
  • Follow: Every user can follow or be followed by other users. Unlike other social media platforms, if someone follows you on Twitter it doesn’t mean you must follow them back.
  • DM: Direct Message – This refers to a private message between two users.
  • Tweeple: The word to describe Twitter users.
  • HT: Hat Tip – this normally means acknowledging that the idea for your post came from another user.
  • Tweeps: These are your followers, and also your friends who are with you on other social media networks.
  • EMA: means ‘Email Address’.
  • FTF or F2F means Face-to-Face.
  • FB – Facebook, or Facebook Buddy.
  • TY – means Thankyou, and
  • TYIA - means Thankyou in Advance.
  • TFTF – stands for ‘Thanks for the Follow’, and
  • TMB – means ‘Thanks for this Tweet’.
  • MT: Modified Tweet. This refers to a tweet that’s a paraphrase of a tweet which was originally written by another user.
  • TT: Trending Topic.
  • PRT: Partial Retweet. This tweet is a truncated version of another users’ tweet.
  • PRT: this is also used as a plea placed at the end of a tweet, to Please Retweet.

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At One Hour Translation our localization services ensure you’re reaching the right target market with your translations. Because Twitter originated as an English social media platform, all the terms above have come from the English language; however, a lot of these terms have gone global.

If you need anything translated that might be culture or language specific, don’t hesitate to contact One Hour Translation. We offer a quick turnaround and a highly professional translation service

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