Top Twitter Abbreviations You Need To Know

Twitter is probably the only social media with a word limit of only 280 characters. In these 280 characters, users have to say what they want to say and at the same time, make sense to other users as well.  For this purpose, Twitter Slang/abbreviations exist.

Useful Twitter Abbreviations for Business

Twitter acronyms or abbreviations are odd mash-up of old school chat room phrases, text slang, corporate buzz words and common sense short forms.

There is nothing more embarrassing than finding out that the word you thought was a compliment in some other language was actually a drug reference or a product slang.

To save you from such embarrassments in the future, I have curated some of the most famous twitter slangs for you, and while it is not a comprehensive dictionary of all things Twitter, it will give you a basic idea.

Technical Twitter Abbreviations:

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

Industry Twitter abbreviations:

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

Conversational Twitter Abbreviations:

# = start to a hashtag or a way of organizing subjects on Twitter


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

Common Hashtags and Chats


#BrandChat = private chat about branding

#FB = The user is sending this post to Facebook

#CMGR = Community Manager topic chat

#CMAD = Community Manager Appreciation Day

#in = the user is sending this post to LinkedIn

#LI = This user is sending this post to LinkedIn

#SMManners = Social media manners chat

#Mmchat = Marketing and social media chat

#FF = Short way of saying Follow Friday, or a recommendation that others follow the user

#SMOchat = Social Media Optimization chat lead by Stanzr

#SocialMedia = an all-inclusive chat for subjects big and small in the subject of Social Media

#SMMeasure = For discussion of analytics and measurement, lead by MarketWire and Syomos

#Pinchat = a chat for maximizing Pinterest use

#SocialChat = Social media chat lead by SocialParle.

#LinkedInChat = For general use questions and questions about marketing/self-promotion on LinkedIn

If you think we have missed something, mention it in the comments section and we would love to include it in the list and give you a special credit.

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