My wife, Melanie, explained Twitter to a non-native English speaking student today. Twas classic.
The question was “What does ‘retweet’ mean? Does it mean copy?”
Melanie: It’s a Twitter term
Student: What’s Twitter? Is it like Facebook?
Melanie: Kinda….. It’s a massive text message conversation between you and no one in particular…kinda like you’re talking to yourself except other people can hear you. And since they can hear you, they sometimes talk back. Or sometimes, they like your conversation with yourself, so they ‘retweet’ you.
Oh, the awesomeness of current social networking technologies. How I love thee.