Common terms and abbreviations


Acronyms rule Twitter because of its 140 character limit. Though not exhaustive, below is a list of commonly used
and seen abbreviations, courtesy of Lincoln Lim.

Some of the Twitter commands below will be discussed in more detail in the section Applying Twitter language to tweets.
Use this list as a reference when you come across unknown terms. Do you know of any Twitter acronyms or
short forms that should be included below?

Official Twitter Commands


@username – Reply to

DM @username – Direct Message

PRT – Partial Retweet or Please Retweet

RT – Retweet

MT – Modified tweet

"#"– hashtag in front of the word. A way to organize and find relevant tweets. e.g. #iphone4, #NBA, #android


Top Twitter Abbreviations


+1 – me too (usually in agreement with something)

b4 – Before

b/c – Because

brb – be right back

BTW – By the Way

chk – Check

cld – Could

clk – Click

EM or EML – Email

#FF – Follow Friday (on Fridays people recommend others they like to follow)

Fab – Fabulous

Fave, Fav – Favorite

FB – Facebook

FTF – Face To Face. Also, F2F.

FTW – For The Win

FWD – Forward

FWIW – For What It’s Worth

Gr8 – Great

gtg – got to go

HTH – Hope That Helps, Happy to Help

IC – I see

ICYMI – In Case You Missed It

IDC – I don’t care

IDK – I don’t know

IIRC – If I remember correctly

IM – Instant Message / Internet Marketing

IMHO – In My Humble Opinion

IMO – In My Opinion

IOW – In Other Words

IRL – In Real Life

J/K – Just Kidding

JSYK – just so you know

L8 – late

L8r – later

LI – LinkedIn

LMAO – Laughing My Ass Off

LMK – Let Me Know

LOL – Laughing Out Loud

MT – Modified Tweet

mil – Million

Mistweet – A tweet that was sent in error or that one later regrets.

NSFW – Not Safe For Work

OH – Overheard

ORLY – Oh Really?!!

OMG – Oh My Gosh

peeps – People

pple or ppl – People

PWN – Ownage, owned

PRT – Partial Retweet (at the start of a tweet) or Please Retweet

#PIN – Pinterest

RT – Retweet

RTF – Read The FAQ. RTFF shows up too. RTF also stands for Rich Text File.

RTFM – Read The F-ing Manual

RTHX – Thanks For The ReTweet

RTQ – Read The Question or Retweet Question

SMH – Shaking My Head

S/O – Shout Out (to acknowledge someone, a public expression of thanks or gratitude, or call for attention to your followers)

Ur – Your

TIA – Thanks in advance

tl;dr – Too long; didn't read

TMB – Tweet Me Back

TMI – Too Much Information

Trend- A topic “Trending” or “popular” right now on Twitter

Tweet Out – similar to Shout Out (used commonly to promote a product)

TTYS – Talk to you soon

TTYL – Talk to you later

Twaffic – Twitter traffic

Twaiting – Twittering while waiting

Twaunt – Taunting someone over Twitter

Tweekend – Spending your weekend on Twitter

Tweeps – People on Twitter

TY – Thank you

TYT – Take your time.

WTF – What The F–k

WTH – What The Hell / What the Heck

Wazzup, whatddup, sup – what’s up

wld – Would

w00t – An expression of joy or excitement

WTS – Want to sell

WTB – Want to buy

WTT – Want to trade

YMMV – Your Mileage May Vary

YT- YouTube

YW – You’re Welcome

YGTR – You Got that Right

<3 – text version of a heart


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