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Top Twitter Abbreviations You Need to Know

by Bliss Hanlin, a Community Manager for eModeration

Twitter abbreviations and acronyms are an odd mash-up of text slang, old school chat room phrases, common sense short forms and corporate buzzwords.  There is nothing more terrible than parsing a customer tweet and finding out what you once thought was a compliment was really a product slam or worse, a drug reference.  (Small personal anecdote – for the longest time, I thought HAGN was some form of Scandinavian slang for good-bye.)

While not quite a comprehensive dictionary of all things Twitter.com, what follows below is a quick-print glossary of common Twitter abbreviations.  Notice one we missed?  We would love to include it and credit you for the spot.  Just leave a note for us in the comments.

image courtesy of Twittonary.com



Technical Twitter abbreviations:
•    CC = Carbon-copy. Works the same way as email
•    CX = Correction
•    CT = Cuttweet.  Another way of saying partial retweet
•    DM = Direct message. A direct-message is a message only you and the person who sent it can read
•    HT = Hat tip. This is a way of attributing a link to another Twitter user
•    MT = Modified tweet. This means the tweet you're looking at is a paraphrase of a tweet originally written by someone else
•    PRT = Partial retweet. The tweet you're looking at is the truncated version of someone else's tweet.
•    PRT = Please retweet, a plea to put at the end of a tweet
•    RT = Retweet. The tweet you're looking at was forwarded to you by another user

Industry Twitter abbreviations:

•    EM = Email Marketing
•    EZine = Electronic Magazine
•    FB = Facebook
•    LI = LinkedIn
•    SEO = Search Engine Optimization
•    SM = Social Media
•    SMM = Social Media Marketing
•    SMO = Social Media Optimization
•    SN = Social Network
•    SROI = Social Return on Investment
•    UGC = User Generated Content
•    YT = YouTube

Conversational abbreviations:
•    # = start to a hashtag, or a way of organizing subjects on Twitter
•    •    AB/ABT = About
•    AFAIK = As far as I know
•    AYFKMWTS = Are you f---ing kidding me with this s---?
•    B4 = Before
•    BFN = Bye for now
•    BGD = Background
•    BH = Blockhead
•    BR = Best regards
•    BTW = By the way
•    CD9 = Code 9, parents are around
•    CHK = Check
•    CUL8R = See you later
•    DAM = Don’t annoy me
•    DD = Dear daughter
•    DF = Dear fiancé
•    DP = used to mean “profile pic”
•    DS = Dear son
•    DYK = Did you know, Do you know
•    EM/EML = Email
•    EMA = Email address
•    F2F /FTF = Face to face
•    FB = Facebook, F--- buddy
•    FF = Follow Friday
•    FFS = For F---‘s Sake
•    FML = F--- my life.
•    FOTD = Find of the day
•    FTW = For the win, F--- the world
•    FUBAR = F---ed up beyond all repair (slang from the US Military)
•    FWIW = For what it's worth.
•    GMAFB = Give me a f---ing break
•    GTFOOH = Get the f--- out of here
•    GTS = Guess the song
•    HAGN = Have a good night
•    HAND = Have a nice day
•    HOTD = Headline of the day
•    HT = Heard through
•    HTH = Hope that helps
•    IC = I see
•    ICYMI = "In case you missed it," a quick way to apologize for retweeting your own material
•    IDK = I don't know
•    IIRC = If I remember correctly
•    IMHO = In my humble opinion.
•    IRL = In real life
•    IWSN = I want sex now
•    JK = Just kidding, joke
•    JSYK = Just so you know
•    JV = Joint venture
•    KK = Kewl kewl, or ok, got it
•    KYSO = Knock your socks off
•    LHH = Laugh hella hard (stronger version of LOL)
•    LMAO = Laughing my ass off
•    LMK = Let me know
•    LO = Little One (child)
•    LOL = Laugh out loud
•    MM = Music Monday
•    MIRL = Meet in real life
•    MRJN = Marijuana
•    NBD = No big deal
•    NCT = Nobody cares, though
•    NFW = No f---ing way
•    NJoy = Enjoy
•    NSFW = Not safe for work
•    NTS = Note to self
•    OH = Overheard
•    OMFG = Oh my f---ing God
•    OOMF = One of my friends/followers
•    ORLY = Oh, really?
•    PLMK = Please let me know
•    PNP = Party and Play (drugs and sex)
•    QOTD = quote of the day
•    RE = In reply to, in regards to
•    RLRT = Real-life re-tweet, a close cousin to OH
•    RTFM = Read the f---ing manual
•    RTQ = Read the question
•    SFW = Safe for work
•    SMDH = Shaking my damn head, SMH, only more so
•    SMH = Shaking my head
•    SNAFU = Situation normal, all f---ed up (slang from the US Military)
•    SO = Significant Other
•    SOB = Son of a B----
•    SRS = Serious
•    STFU = Shut the f--- up!
•    STFW = Search the f---ing web!
•    TFTF = Thanks for the follow
•    TFTT = Thanks for this tweet
•    TJ = Tweetjack, or joining a conversation belatedly to contribute to a tangent
•    TL = Timeline
•    TLDR/TL;DR  = Too long, didn’t read
•    TMB = Tweet me back
•    TT = Trending topic
•    TY = Thank you
•    TYIA = Thank you in advance
•    TYT = Take your time
•    TYVW = Thank you very much
•    W or W/ = With
•    W/E or WE = Whatever or weekend
•    WTV = Whatever
•    YGTR = You got that right
•    YKWIM = You know what I mean
•    YKYAT = You know you're addicted to
•    YMMV = Your mileage may vary
•    YOLO = You only live once
•    YOYO = You're on your own
•    YW = You're welcome
•    ZOMG = OMG to the max

Common hashtags and chats:
•   #BrandChat = private chat about branding
•    #CMAD = Community Manager Appreciation Day
•    #CMGR = Community Manger topic chat
•    #FB = The user is sending this post to Facebook
•    #FF = Short way of saying Follow Friday, or a recommendation that others follow the user
•    #in = the user is sending this post to LinkedIn
•    #LI = This user is sending this post to LinkedIn
•   #LinkedInChat = For general use questions and questions about marketing/self-promotion on LinkedIn
•   #Mmchat = Marketing and social media chat
•   #Pinchat = a chat for maximizing Pinterest use
•   #SMManners = Social media manners chat
•   #SMMeasure = For discussion of analytics and mesaurement, lead by MarketWire and Syomos
•   #SMOchat = Social Media Optimization chat lead by Stanzr
•   #SocialChat = Social media chat lead by SocialParle.
•   #SocialMedia = an all-inclusive chat for subjects big and small in the subject of Social Media



Many thanks to Business Insider, Webopedia, and the Twittonary for their excellent information that helped pave the way for this Twitter abbreviation compilation and to Mashable for the compilation of social media Twitter chats.  Looking for an explanation of Twitter terms, phrases, neologisms and slang that go beyond abbreviations?  Be sure to click through to see the awesome resources they have made available.

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  • Sep 10 Posted 5 months ago qeddify

     TYVW = Thank you very much

    W for Much - Is this a typo, poss  TYVM?

  • Apr 24 Posted 1 year ago Aaron Maurer

    I have added this post as a Google document for a self paced class I am teaching to help teachers new to Twitter. It is open for people to add to and enhance as we go along. I thank you for this list so I did not have to type everything up. Thanks so much.

  • Apr 3 Posted 1 year ago TimJLeach

    MTF = More To Follow

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    Nov 5 Posted 2 years ago Courtney Hunt

    I just followed the hashtag and it looks like #DPRS = Dennis Prager Radio Show. His handle is @DennisPrager.

    If you check out my post, (referenced earlier) you'll find a link to a site that presumably tracks hashtags, but in generaly their usage is very unstandardized and somewhat haphazard.

  • Nov 4 Posted 2 years ago kweenjeane

    JS - Just sayin'

  • Oct 5 Posted 2 years ago Pgordon16

    I can't find anywhere what a particular Twitter hashtag means. Have searched but can't decode. If anyone knows what DPRS stands for, please let me know!  Also, is there a page on Twitter where these references are explained?

  • Jun 16 Posted 2 years ago suhaa

    sp = sponsored (link or tweet). The user is getting paid (often very little) for tweeting that tweet

  • Jun 9 Posted 2 years ago sandrafla S/O = Shout Out (saying "hey" to a friend not the laundry spot remover!) :)
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    Jun 5 Posted 2 years ago emoderation

    Love it :-)

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    Jun 5 Posted 2 years ago emoderation

    I'll try to use that one!  Definitely useful.

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    Jun 5 Posted 2 years ago emoderation

    Ooh, haven't seen that, but it's useful.  We used to call that Above the Line in old fashioned advertising agencies ..

  • Courtney Hunt's picture
    Jun 5 Posted 2 years ago Courtney Hunt

    Thanks for sharing this information. I referenced it in a post I just published about Twitter hashtags, which also includes additional resources for making the best use of Twitter. Here's a link for folks who'd like to check it out.

    http://www.sminorgs.net/2012/06/6-tips-to-avoid-making-a-hash-of-twitter-hashtags.html#

  • May 28 Posted 2 years ago GerardL

    POIDH - "Pictures, or it didn't happen" - why would you not tweet a picture of the mad stuff you claim has just happened...  As in:

    "OMFG: I just spilt a whole grande mochachino over my new MacBookPro!"

    "WFT? POIDH!"

     

  • May 25 Posted 2 years ago missbaldwin

    MIssed LBS = Layghing but Serious... 

     

    Thanks for the listing! 

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    May 25 Posted 2 years ago PublicityHound

    IMHO, when I see a tweet loaded with these abbreviations, MEGO. That means, my eyes glaze over. I don't hang around trying to figure out what they're trying to say. I just move onto somebody else's tweet.

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    May 24 Posted 2 years ago CarolSmithCEO

    Brilliant compilation of abbreviations (try saying that fast twice). Nice job Tia. Keep 'em coming. I'm printing this so I can use it as I tweet.

     

  • May 24 Posted 2 years ago KylaK

     

    Yes, you are correct. Here is the link to set it up: http://learn.linkedin.com/twitter/ 

     

    Comes in quite handy!

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    May 23 Posted 2 years ago emoderation

    Thanks KylaK.  I think that both #IN and #LI will send tweets to your LinkedIn profile, if what I read is correct. Do yuo have a handy link to setting this up?

  • May 23 Posted 2 years ago Hotpepperchick

    GR8 - great! Didn't see it there

  • May 23 Posted 2 years ago david johnston

    An abbreviation I saw recently - MSM = MainStreamMedia as in Print, Television and magazines etc.

    c/o ern_malleyscrub twitter

  • May 22 Posted 2 years ago Adrian Evans

    NFI - No Further Information or Not F---ing Interested

  • May 22 Posted 2 years ago KylaK

    LinkedIn = IN

    Hashtag #IN on the tweets you want to show up on your Linked In profile (you need set this up in your Linked In settings).