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OMG! Over 40 Twitter Abbreviations You Should Know

Note from @Tammykfennell: This post is written by MarketMeSuite intern @trishbaden and edited by me. Trish helps even the new Tweeter learn the best ways to get the most out of 140 characters! Trish is also regular contributor to our blog, WeAreSocialPeople.com.

Whenever I go home for holidays, people always want to know what I’m doing with my life--obviously Social Media and eventually Twitter come up in conversation shortly thereafter. It wasn’t until finishing my Christmas dinner, I realized over 90% of my family had no idea what a hashtag was.

As a budding social media expert and member of their family, I had failed them. Time after time while I was home, people were saying, “I just don’t understand that Twitter thing,” or “what’s a tweet?” Obviously I knew my next blog post had to be something to help the common population get acclimated with my favorite Social Media channel: Twitter. Understanding every slang term and abbreviating in the twitter-sphere (and heck, even facebook statuses and text messages too!) can be a huge barrier to joining the social media stream.

In the spirit of my earlier post, The Demise of the English Language in 140 characters or less, I included not only common Twitter abbreviations but commonly seen abbreviations. As most already know, the Twitter-sphere is essentially a stream of updates or Tweets that are in 140 characters (or less).

You can “follow” (and become a “follower”)  brands, people, companies, sporting teams, neighbors,communities, etc. All of these people will become part of your Twitter Feed. For more info, visit terms explained

This post will hopefully serve as a refresher for some, and a guide (for my personal satisfaction) for people who may be thinking, “wtf am I supposed to do with Twitter?”

B4- Before 

b/c, bc- Because

BRB - Be Right Back

BTW - By The Way

DM- Direct message, a private message or “direct message” to a person you follow.

EM or EML- Email

Fab- Fabulous

FB- Facebook

FF- Follow Friday(#followfriday) A Twitter “endorsement” Tweeted show the user's favorite people on twitter. (see this cool article on how to automatically populate a follow friday list)

Followers- Twitter Members that follow user updates

F2F (and while we’re at it, B2B, B2C): face to face, Business to business, Business to Client (Business to Community)

FYI- For Your Information

Gr8- Great GTG, G2G- Got To Go

Hashtag #: A way of organizing your updates for Twitter search engine & to enable others to discover relevant posts. For example, here are some of the worlds favourite hashtags from 2011:

  • #egypt
  • #tigerblood
  • #threewordstoliveby
  • #idontunderstandwhy
  • #japan
  • #improudtosay
  • #superbowl
  • #jan25
  • #thingslongerthankimsmarriage
  • #thankyousteve
  • #prayforjapan
  • #winning
  • #inthe90s
  • #rw2011
  • #theawkwardmoment
  • #11/11/11

HT -  Hat Tip, or "Heard Through" instead of a classic "RT"

HTH - Here to Help or "Happy" To Help

IC - I See

IDC- I don't care

IDK- I don’t know

IM- Instant Message

JK or J/K- Just Kidding (or for UK people, Joking)

L8- Late

LI- LinkedIn

LMAO- Laughing My A** Off

LMK- Let Me Know

LOL- Laughing Out Loud-- not “lots of love” like my mother thinks it is.

MT - Modified Tweet

NSFW- Not Safe For Work

OH- Overheard

OMG- Oh My God

OMW - On My Way

ORLY- Oh Really?!!

ROFL- Rolling On The Floor Laughing

@reply: a Twitter update (a tweet) that is directed to another user within their tweet.

RT- ReTweet

SMH- Shaking My Head

Thx or Tx- Thanks

TMI- Too Much Information

Trend- A topic "Trending" or "popular" right now on Twitter

TTYL- Talk To You Later

TTYS- Talk To You Soon

TY- Thank You

YT- YouTube

Twitter is an amazing thing. I mean, it is a platform for social change, advertising, communications, brand identity, and etc. Join the stream-- and of course, follow me @trishbaden, my editor @tammykfennell and of course, the fab @MarketMeSuite.

References: http://www.webopedia.com http://www.harley.com/abbreviations/index.html#D http://twictionary.pbworks.com ~Image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yamagatacamille

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  • William_Newman's picture
    Mar 15 Posted 4 years ago William_Newman

    OMG this was 2 kwl, rly. Def FF material. OK G2G, TTFN! ;)

  • Oct 17 Posted 4 years ago Matthew Connaughton

    Not so much Twitter abbreviations, but abbreviations brought about in the early days of "chat rooms" from Yahoo! and the like!!!

  • Sep 15 Posted 4 years ago canaja

    They forgot about NFB: now following back


  • Sep 12 Posted 4 years ago drewvy


    SYS: See you soon...

    TYT: Take your time...

    NAJ: Need a jacket...

    KMP: Keep me posted...

    KYP: Keep you posted...

    CYL: Call you later...

  • Sep 11 Posted 4 years ago Barkha

    Truly awesome and helpful post, nice abbreviations. Couldn’t find your favorite abbreviation here? Check this out http://enzag.com/technology/internet/internet-abbreviations/

  • Feb 6 Posted 5 years ago cseeszka

    I am so glad I came across this site! This list is going to be very helpful to me. I just took several classes on becoming a social media manager and am in the process of setting up several networks. I just found out the hard way just how hard it is to tweet in 140 characters or less,so this is really going to help me out.


  • Feb 1 Posted 5 years ago neurrutia

    One very common is - YVW - for You're very welcome - as a response to TY.

  • Jan 12 Posted 5 years ago Juzz68

    Very useful and comprehensive list, thank you! One I use quite a bit which is missing off the list is IIRC (if I recall correctly) - HTH

  • MarketMeSuite's picture
    Jan 11 Posted 5 years ago MarketMeSuite

    Glad you liked it!

    ~tammy and trish

  • Jan 11 Posted 5 years ago Kendra Fowler

    Whew!! Is this all or is there more to this list? I always get stuck when I am going over the tweets of others as they will all look Greek & Latin to me. This list was pretty useful to me! Great job!!



  • MarketMeSuite's picture
    Jan 9 Posted 5 years ago MarketMeSuite

    HTH! Good one, I'll add it to the list now :)

  • Jan 7 Posted 5 years ago cavatica_copy

    Hi Tammy, thanks for a great list! Will be adding some of these to my Twitter vocabulary. How about HTH, meaning either "happy to help" or "here to help"?

  • DavinaKBrewer's picture
    Jan 6 Posted 5 years ago DavinaKBrewer

    I usually use h/t for hat tip, one more character. I use acronyms, saves a lot of space in tweets and texts, which is how many of these got their start. A few more: BBL = be back later; QOTD = question of the day; FWIW = for what it's worth, one I use all the time. 

  • Jan 6 Posted 5 years ago slayerprincess

    You can only send a DM to someone who follows you, not anyone you follow...

  • MarketMeSuite's picture
    Jan 6 Posted 5 years ago MarketMeSuite

    Woops, replied to the wrong one below. Just added HT and MT!


  • MarketMeSuite's picture
    Jan 6 Posted 5 years ago MarketMeSuite

    There you go, just added HT and MT!

  • MarketMeSuite's picture
    Jan 6 Posted 5 years ago MarketMeSuite

    Yes i laughed when @trishbaden wrote that!

    ~Tammy, @tammykfennell

  • MarketMeSuite's picture
    Jan 6 Posted 5 years ago MarketMeSuite

    Great one! Also HT -- "Hat Tip" -- I'll edit to put those on!

  • Bernard Martin's picture
    Jan 6 Posted 5 years ago Bernard Martin

    Great list Tammy! Thanks much to @trishbaden  But let her know that "B2C" is predates Twitter by quite a number of years and generally means "Business To Consumer"

  • Jan 6 Posted 5 years ago Said Hamideh

    How about MT? "Modified Tweet" 

  • copywritematters's picture
    Jan 5 Posted 5 years ago copywritematters

    Great post Tammy. I exist in the same kind of bubble and sometimes forget "other people" don't spend all day on social media. Even though I've been bouncing around for a few years now, there are still some terms I have to Google. This post covers them all so nicely.

    PS: I think all mum's think LOL means lots of love. I've had some bizarre exchanges with my mum until I realised that's what she meant! 


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