Twitter users use acronyms or abbreviations in their tweets. For those of us who are not avid Twitter users, may not know what they mean. Some of the abbreviations and acronyms may be common on all social media sites, but others are unique to Twitter. Here’s a list of terms you may see in tweets to help you understand twitter lingo:
The “at” sign is used when mentioning another Twitter account. It becomes a link to the other user’s profile.
The hashtag is used to highlight keywords, topics, events, or emotions in a Tweet. Hashtags turn the word or phrase into a link that lets you see other tweets with the same hashtag.
The caret, or hat sign denotes when a tweet is composed and sent by an individual on behalf of the group account that is used by multiple people (typically a company or organization). Generally, it appears at the end of the tweet and precedes initials, indicating which user sent the tweet.
The dollar sign is like a financial hashtag. It’s used immediately before a company’s shortened stock market name. Codes with a preceding dollar sign also become links within tweets.
Means as far as I know
Means carbon copy. Similar to using the CC in memos and emails, it’s a way to ensure a Twitter user sees certain content. When CC is used with an @ mention, it helps draw a tweet to someone’s attention. For example, “interesting article – www.URLURL.com – cc@Bob”
Means direct message. A direct message is a way to send private messages to someone following you on Twitter. This is the only way to have a confidential conversation on the platform, which is why you’ll see public tweets with “DM me for more information” or “I’ll DM you details,” etc.
Means follow Friday. This is the way to endorse other Twitter users and suggest that people follow them. For example, you’ll see #FF prior to the user’s name.
This means hat tip. Sometimes it’s typed as H/T. It’s a way to give a polite nod to someone who originally shared content you are tweeting. HT is followed by an @ mention giving a name. For example, “useful article – www.URLURL.com. HT @Bob.”
This means in case you missed it. Generally used when a Twitter user retweets his or her own content.
Means music Monday. This used to be a popular way to suggest music you are currently enjoying or to give artist recommendations. Currently, it’s not used very often, but you might see a few #MM tweets at the beginning of the week.
MT or MRT
This means modified tweet or modified retweet. This shows that you’ve edited an original tweet, which is usually done because of space restrictions.
Means not safe for work. This term is used to tell users about potentially inappropriate or graphic content.
Means overheard. It’s used to tell users about a humorous or eyebrow raising comment.
Means partial retweet. This lets people know you’ve edited a tweet. It can also mean please retweet.
This means real life retweet. This is used when someone tweets a notable quote from a person in real life.
It means retweet. This is used when forwarding another user’s tweet. The user usually adds a comment and lets the RT abbreviation mark the end of the forwarder’s comment and the beginning of the original tweet.
Means shake or shaking my head. This is an expression of disbelief or disappointment. It can also be used to express puzzlement – “scratching my head” – but, this is not a popular usage.
Means thanks for the follow
Means today I learned
TLDR or TL; DR
This means too long; didn’t read. This is used to indicate when content is too long to get through to the end. However, this term is more likely to be used in banter, or as a dismissive comment or insult.
Means tweet me back
Means thanks for the retweet
Means translated tweet. This is used when an original tweet has been translated to a different language.