I’m glad to see at least one other person, Mathew Ingram, is on my side in one of the great Twitter debates, otherwise known as what to call an individual Twitter message. That is to say, he agrees with me that the word “tweet” sounds incredibly stupid. I think it sounds like something from out of the ’50s, or worse, like a bodily function. I understanding that “retweeting” is shorter than “retwittering,” and that with a 140 character limit, every character counts… but c’mon, guys.
About a month ago, I proposed that if we had to call them something other than Twitter messages, that we should call them “twits.” I doubt I can claim ownership of this idea, but I just found out about LiveTwitting, so maybe it’s catching on. Either way, I don’t care who gets credit for that coinage, I’ll just be happy if/when the word “tweet” goes out of style.
So, yeah, don’t be a twit and use “twit” instead of “tweet.”