Twitter is an author’s paradise. Authors, agents, editors, publishers, and other lit influencers make ample use of Twitter to share priceless advice, wish lists, trends, podcasts, blogs, new releases, and so much more. There’s a strong indie publishing scene, too.
When you first start, Twitter can be hard to navigate. The tweets are constant, endless, and the 280 character limit prompts many people to use acronyms and word melds that you may not recognize or know how to put to use.
I created a Twitter glossary over a year ago to help writers navigate the fast-paced world of Twitter. Writers can even use the glossary outside of Twitter, too. Many of the terms are used on agent websites, author blogs, podcasts, and many other places.
I hope that writers have found the page helpful over the past year plus, and pop back over any time they saw a term they didn’t recognize. I, too, pop back once in a while to update the glossary with new terms as I discover them.
The glossary will always be a work in progress; it will evolve as the Twitter Lit world does. I invite you to make suggestions if you see a term not listed that you think should be.
That said, you should note that I’ve excluded the following from this list:
- whole words related to writing that anyone can just stick a hashtag in front of (e.g. fiction, writing, etc.)
- word melds with obvious connotations (e.g. fictionwriting)
- handles (e.g. @____) because I couldn’t possibly begin to list all the people writers should be following on Twitter