This past January, I wrote up the “Top 15 Twitter acronyms” for @pistachio‘s Touchbase blog. As readers rightly pointed out, many were abbreviations or initialisms — hence the title for this post. I followed that up with a “Top 10 NSFW Twitter Abbreviations.” This list combines the two and includes some key additions, like HT, RE and FML. If you have others you think I missed, add ‘em in the comments.
Reply to [username]
As Far as I Know
Bye For now
By the Way
Direct Message. d username sends one.
For F–k’s Sake
F–k My Life
For The Loss
For The Win
For What It’s Worth
Hope That Helps
In My Humble Opinion
In My Opinion
In Real Life
Laughing My Ass Off
Let Me Know
Not Safe For Work
Oh My F–king God
Oh My God
Partial Retweet (at the start of a tweet). Sometimes “Please Retweet” Old School: Party
Son Of a Bitch
Shut The F–k Up
Tweet Me Back
My one cheat: “via” is not an abbreviation or acronym. It simply means that a tweet is from @username, though in some cases it may mean that it’s also an exact retweet. Tricky, this online user-defined lingo and twitribution is.
What The F–k
What The Hell
Since this list was first published, some of these have become more popular and others have emerged. RT is still – by far – the most frequent acronym. New additions are added below, along with many suggestions in the comments.
Today I learned.
TIL in Hawaii that Poke Tacos are a thing.A delicious, delicious thing.
— Xeni Jardin (@xeni) February 19, 2013
Nota Bene. Make sure to read the comments, where there are many great additions.
Update: Justin Kownacki thinks we should stop saying “in case you missed it” on Twitter. (That includes ICYMI, too.) I agree.
RT = retweet, MT = modified tweet, DM = direct message, FF = Follow Friday, h/t = hat tip, TL = Timeline, OH = overheard. Now you know.
— Margarita Noriega (@margafret) April 1, 2014
Too long; Didn’t Read.
Reminder: when I use TT in front of a tweet, it means “translated tweet.” I’m mostly using my high-school French and Google, so be warned.
— Andy Carvin (@acarvin) January 16, 2013
RLRT: Real Life Retweet. To repeat on Twitter what someone said in person.
RLRT: I love the Internet. – @yurivictor
— Matt Mansfield (@mattmansfield) May 17, 2014