Social Media Jargon

Do you ever see words or acronyms being used on social media and have no idea what they mean? Twitter especially has its own lexicon which can be confusing.

Some of these, especially the acronyms, have evolved out of the need to save character space in tweets. Luckily, Twitter has created a glossary of all the technical words used on its website to help you understand it all better.

and here’s a few they don’t tell you:

ICYMI – In Case You Missed It

Useful when linking to older piece of news or anything you’d like to talk about which people may not have seen the first time.

HT – Hat Tip

Used when tweeting something you’ve discovered on someone else’s timeline. The account username of the person you found it from would also be included (i.e HT @Twitter)

MT – Modified Tweet

Used to warn followers in a tweet that it has been modified or edited. For example, it may be used when shortening a retweet to include a response.

#FF – Follow Friday
Used on Twitter on Fridays to recommend favourite accounts.
TL;DR – To Long; Didn’t Read

You may spot this on blogs or other platforms with large text posts. It’s used at the end of the post with a summary of the above text.

NSFW – Not Safe For Work

Used to warn users that the link included in the tweet or Facebook post includes violent or sexual content that you wouldn’t want on your screen at work (or on any screen really)

For a further comprehensive list of acronyms used online, visit SocialMediaToday.

Have you seen an acronym or a word used on social media and don’t know what it means? Let me know in the comments and I’ll do my best to help.

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