June 24, 2009


Apparently, now that we use Twitter, we need all new words to describe things we communicate using Twitter. Here are some commonly-used Twitter neologisms, or "tweologisms." (I could have gone with "twortmanteau" but that's just silly, isn't it?)

  • tweeple : Twitter users (people)
  • tweetup : a meetup of people who know each other because of Twitter
  • twhiner : a Twitter user who primarily whines
  • twittilate : to tease and arouse someone with tweets
  • twoops : when you accidental send a private communication to the world via Twitter

What a fun game! Here are some of my own terms I have made up. Not in wide use, but I assume that will immediately be adopted. (NOTE: I can't guarantee other people haven't already used these terms. But i promise you that I thought them up myself. So keep any comments like "hey, so-and-so already uses this term." If you find that these twogisms aren't as neo as you first thought, I will refund your money) (Offer not valid within or outside of the continental USA.)

  • twelousy: when a person is commanded by his spouse to drop a Twitter friend based on the appearance of his/her avatar or content of his/her tweets
  • twastration : when a man follows said command
  • twipped : ... more than once
  • twabstinence : what happens when a man does not follow said command
  • twivorce : legal separation from your spouse after you post information about your sex life (or lack thereof) to Twitter
  • twawyer : the new, unwelcome person in your life after being served twivorce papers
  • twalimony : paying for former spouse's DSL / cable modem service
  • twisogyny : subtle anti-woman overtones in the tweets of bitter male tweeple
  • twirty old man : You see where this is going. The future of Twitter. It ain't pretty.
Posted by James at June 24, 2009 8:34 PM
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Know what I'd like? Twilters. Filters for incoming tweets. There are certain people I had to unfollow because they tweeted frequently about particular things I didn't care about; if I could filter those out, I could follow those people again. Maybe this already exists on one of the third-party thingies.

(I'd also like a filter for my feed reader to weed out any news stories about celebrity divorces.)

Posted by: Julie at June 24, 2009 10:23 PM

Ah, I found a greasemonkey script that will help with twitter filtering. It doesn't do exactly what I want, but it's pretty close.

Is there a word for a person who blows off a business meeting but spends that whole afternoon tweeting in broad daylight, proving that he's online and near his phone and/or email, rather than dead in a ditch? Oh right... "asshole."

Posted by: Julie at June 24, 2009 10:36 PM

It's gotta be coming if it isn't already here, Julie. There's so much information in this world, restrict yourself to only what you want to see. While I, too, couldn't care less about Jon and Kate, or whatever their names are, is it healthy? I honestly wonder.

Posted by: Maggie at June 24, 2009 10:54 PM

I'd like built-in filters as well. i manage it now with 3rd party tools, but I'd prefer it be built-in to make it easier to share groups and filters from place to place.

Popular 3rd party options are the website Twalala.com, which is a web-based solution and TweetDeck which is a 3rd party client application. I use either, depending on the situation. Mostly TweetDeck.

Twalala will let you block a person (or persons) and let you block based on some search terms, which is useful when everyone is talking about somethign you care nothing about.

TweetDeck lets you create groups, which effectively can exclude people. It also lets you filter a column or group inclusively or exclusively. Very convenient.

Posted by: James at June 24, 2009 11:04 PM

What I'd most like is something that lets me block some words globally, but more important, lets me block certain words from certain people. Example: I unfollowed someone because she did so many tweets about diabetes that it was drowning out the other tweets. However, a global block on "diabetes" means that if someone else tweets "oh no I have diabetes," I'll never see it. If I could have blocked that word for just that one user, I could have continued to follow her.

Twalala is closest to what I want, but I've tried it before - I got fed up with all the damn scrolling. It displays tweets in a very narrow column. That's probably great if you're looking at it on a phone, but ridiculous on a laptop where you generally want to minimize scrolling.

I'll try the greasemonkey script for now. I'd love to see Twitter handle this functionality, but it seems that they prefer to leave the fancy stuff to third parties. Besides, they've got enough problems just keeping Twitter from passing out.

Posted by: Julie at June 25, 2009 11:02 AM

We put a glossary in the book - silliness :) My current fave new one? Twanker - someone who uses twitter for icky, spammy, gross, or plain innappropriate purposes. Twinfomercial is another fave for those late night twitter users who spam me with "get 19500 followers!!" crap

TweetDeck offers per column filters. Twalala.com temp mutes people without having to unfollow.

Posted by: Leslie Poston at June 25, 2009 12:06 PM

Foo. The Greasemonkey script doesn't seem to be working. I wonder if the twitter rewrite hosed it up. Oh well. I'll look at tweetdeck.

Posted by: Julie at June 25, 2009 12:09 PM

Oops, turns out the default URL for script was a little bit wrong is all. It's working now. Yippee!

Posted by: Julie at June 25, 2009 1:02 PM

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