What Twitter icons mean

Twitter icons meaning: I may be the only one on the planet who doesn't understand the meaning of the current Twitter icons, but really, I don't understand most of them. A Twitter reply icon is an empty ballon? The media icon I kinda get, but the Twitter geo pin icon I don't get. (Maybe I don't work with geo tags and geographic locations much, but I can think of a few million people who also don't.)

Assuming it's not just me who doesn't get the meaning of Twitter icons, I thought I'd share this quick list of the current Twitter icons and their meanings. First, the current set of Twitter icons:

The meaning of Twitter icons

Next, a description of each Twitter icon:

  • The empty rectangle/balloon icon means someone has replied to the Twitter message you're looking at.
  • The media icon means that the link in the tweet links to some form of media, i.e., photo, video, or something else.
  • The Twitter account confirmed icon means that the account for the user you're looking at has been confirmed. I recently saw this on the official NASA Twitter account. Somehow someone at Twitter has confirmed this is really the NASA account, and not someone else pretending to be NASA.
  • Users can create private Twitter accounts, and when they do so, you'll see a Twitter lock icon next to their account. This means that their tweets are private. You can still ask to follow them, but again, their tweets are private.
  • The Twitter geo pin icon is the one that really got me started down this path of "What the heck do these Twitter icons mean?" The geo pin icon is shown whenever a user lets Twitter know where they are when they post their tweet. This feature is often called "location services", as you can let Twitter, Facebook, and other apps know where you are when you make a post.

Meaning of Twitter icons - Summary

I hope this brief look at the current Twitter icons meaning has been helpful. Well, I know it helped me, lol.

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Hi
Can you tell me how to reply or add a message when i click the rectangle balloon on a message i noticed that some people have replied how do i reply and get my message on that board

I'm not a big fan of the Twitter user interface, but in the Twitter web application all you can do is click the "Reply" link on your tweet. As of this writing (March, 2011) you can also click almost anywhere in the rectangular area around your tweet, and that opens up a sliding window where you can see a little more information, and you can also reply from there.

Their iPhone and Android apps are a little different, but again you more or less just need to tap the Reply icons in those apps.