Lost in translation? Twitter's coded messages, and how to read them

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Despite all the media hype, seven out of 10 people still don't know what Twitter is. And even those who do probably find themselves regularly baffled by Twitter messages ("tweets"), whose 140-character limit result in a seemingly garbled thicket of symbols, code, and characters. For example, take a look at a real tweet I wrote last week:

Even for $GOOG? Bloggers <3 Twitter sale gossip. So sad for them. RT @hianthony: Massucci's Take: Too late to buy #Twitter http://tr.im/uvs3

Need a translation? The graphic below breaks it down: