from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A weak chirping sound, as of a young or small bird.
- intransitive v. To utter a weak chirping sound.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The sound of a bird; any short high-pitched sound or whistle.
- n. An entry posted on the microblogging service Twitter; can be a post or status update.
- v. To make a short high-pitched sound, like that of certain birds.
- v. To post an update to Twitter.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. squeeze tightly between the fingers
- n. a weak chirping sound as of a small bird
- v. make a weak, chirping sound
Mr. Lincoln, imitating the bird, said: '_Tweet, tweet, tweet_; isn't he singing sweetly?'
As I caught sight of him, he was straightening himself up, with a pretty, self-conscious air, at the same time spreading his white-edged tail, and calling, _Tweet, tweet, tweet_. [
Even one successful hacked tweet from the account of a trusted user can have serious repercussions, especially if the bogus tweet is “retweeted” by followers to still more people.
The term "tweet," though no one quite knows, was initially used by Twitter users and was never trademarked, unlike Twitter.
If the resonance of the promoted tweet falls below the resonance of an average tweet from the same account, the promoted tweet is pulled.
Crikey says that her last tweet translates as: "CIA agent, rabid feminist / Muslim lover, a Christian fundamentalist, frigid & fatally in love with a man, can you be all that at the same time ..."
I would respectfully disagree that a tweet is the “smallest possible unit of online interaction”.
In some editions Saturday, a front-page article about the trademark ownership of the word "tweet" incorrectly identified the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as the Patent and Trade Office in one reference.
The word "tweet" is to become a registered trademark of the online messaging service Twitter, it has emerged.
The firm was the first to lay claim to the word "tweet" in 2008 when it trademarked the phase "Let Your Ad Meet Tweets".