Twitter has undergone some major changes recently, including rebranding as ‘X‘ and introducing new subscription tiers like Twitter Blue. With all these changes, even experienced users may find the array of symbols and icons confusing.
This comprehensive guide will explain the purpose of every symbol and icon you‘ll encounter on Twitter‘s website and mobile apps. Whether you‘re posting tweets or simply scrolling through your feed, this guide will help you navigate Twitter‘s icons like a pro.
Twitter Symbols & Icons on the Web Browser
Let‘s start by looking at the icons and symbols you‘ll see when using Twitter on your computer‘s web browser.
Symbols & Icons for Creating Tweets
When composing a new tweet, you‘ll see a toolbar at the bottom with several icons:
Media – Add photos, videos, or GIFs to your tweet.
GIFs – Search for the perfect reaction GIF to insert.
Polls – Create a poll to survey your followers.
Emojis – Spice up your tweet with emojis.
Schedule – Schedule your tweet to post at a future date/time.
Location – Tag your location on the tweet.
Bold – Bold your text.
Italics – Italicize your text.
These icons allow you to customize your tweets and make them more visually engaging.
Icons On Other Users‘ Tweets
When looking at tweets from people you follow, you‘ll see a different set of icons for interacting:
Comment – Reply to the tweet.
Retweet – Repost the tweet to your followers.
Like – Show support by liking the tweet.
Bookmark – Bookmark the tweet to easily find it later.
Share – Share the tweet externally via DM, email, etc.
Analytics – See stats like impressions for the tweet.
These icons allow you to engage and interact with tweets from other users.
Menu Bar Icons
Along the left side of the Twitter website, you‘ll see a menu bar with the following icons:
Home – Return to your Twitter feed.
Search – Search Twitter for keywords, accounts, or topics.
Notifications – See notifications for likes, retweets, etc.
Messages – Access your private messages.
Lists – Manage your Twitter lists.
Communities – Join topic-based communities.
Verified – Apply for account verification (blue checkmark).
Profile – Access your Twitter profile.
⚙️ More – Additional settings like dark mode, accessibility, etc.
📝 Tweet – Compose a new tweet.
📷 Profile Pic – Change user accounts.
These icons provide quick access to Twitter‘s various features and menus.
Twitter Symbols & Icons on Mobile
Now let‘s look at the main Twitter icons you‘ll see on iOS and Android mobile apps.
Twitter Icons on iOS
Tap your profile icon to access additional options.
Twitter Icons on Android
The Android Twitter app is very similar, with one difference – the Spaces icon:
Spaces – Live audio chats
Whether you‘re a Twitter veteran or a new user trying to get acquainted, this guide covers all the main icons and symbols you‘ll encounter on desktop and mobile.
Understanding what these icons do will help you take full advantage of Twitter‘s many features and become a platform pro. The icons may continue to evolve over time, but this guide should provide a helpful reference as the changes roll out.
Next time you‘re puzzled by an unfamiliar icon, consult this guide for a quick refresher. With so many symbols packed onto one platform, even experienced users need a little help sometimes!