Top 20 Twitter Acronyms & Initialisms

Twitter Speak: A guide to the top 20 twitter acronyms and initialisms

I found Twitter a foreign language when I started and it took me a while to pick up on the acronyms and initialisms at play. I was also really worried about saying something stupid or misreading the etiquette. Because you only have 140 characters on Twitter, less if you attach a link, the language that has evolved on Twitter employs acronyms really well. Practice using them and they will become second nature in no time.

RT – Retweet

RTHX – Thanks for the retweet

MT – Modified retweet

BTW – By the way

ICYMO – In case you missed out

AFAIK – As far as I know

b/c – Because

CX – Correction

IMO – In my opinion

FB – Facebook

LI – LinkedIn

DM – Direct message

FWIW – For what its worth

BR – Best regards

FTF – Face to face

TL;DR – Too long; didn’t read

SMH – Shake my head

^ is used on a shared account and the initials are the person tweeting

FF – Follow Friday: a recommendation to follow someone from within your network, posted on a Friday

@via – Lets people know where the information came from (credit where credit is due)

HT – Hat tip. Sharing something you heard from someone else and paying them credit for the comment

Michelle Gallaher 

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