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Twitter Lingo: Tweet

A verb meaning: To post an update on Twitter. Use: “Is it possible to tweet too much?” Twit? Tweet? Twitter? There’s been a lot of confusion — and even debate — regarding the correct way to turn the action of posting something on Twitter into a verb. Twitter creator Biz Stone was quoted as saying that “twittering” is the act of posting a tweet, but even he has admitted that whatever gets used more will win out. The general consensus on Twitter appears that “tweet” is the best option. Regardless of which word wins out, you’ll always be able to use “tweet” as a noun to describe any individual update (but not to describe people), and you can talk about your tweets and really sound like you know what you’re talking about on Twitter and in real life. You might even find yourself correcting new twitterers who make up their own slang.

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