Peeps is another slang term, short for people. And Twitter is the massively popular social media microblogging site that allows users to post and read text based messages (including links to other pages, photos and videos) with a limit of 140 characters per “tweet.”
This is another one of those simple mash-up, made up words that’s become an Internet slang term. Technically, it’s a portmanteau (that’s the formal literary term for a “mash up”).
Tweeps are those of us who use Twitter. We have handles, we use hashtags, we know how to speak in 140 characters or less! (Handles are Twitter user names, hashtags are phrases that begin with a # and are searchable/traceable throughout Twitter, and the limit per tweet is 140 characters).
It’s a commonly used term in some circles, others may think it’s silly and prefer to say something more professional sounding like “Twitter users.” But now the next time you see it around the ‘web you’ll know what it means!
You can use it singularly or plurally, tweep or tweeps (respectively).
At the beginning of 2012, there were over 140 million active tweeps (from the Wikipedia page on Twitter).
Check out Twitaholic to see who the most popular tweeps are – at the time of writing this article Lady Gaga, Justin Beiber, and Katy Perry comprised the top three.
According to an Infographic from Media Bistro, the USA has the most tweeps, Brazil, Japan and the UK are all close in user numbers.
Tweeps are all around the world, tweeting millions of times a day. Like 175 million times a day! (another stat from Media Bistro).
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