Popular social media acronyms
You might get frustrated sometimes when you come across acronyms such as TFW, TBH and LMK when observing comments, captions and conversations between people in social media. It may take you a while to figure it out. Fret not. We have a list of typically used social media acronyms for you.
If you’re in charge of creating social media content or responding to customers, this is definitely useful to you as it helps you understand what your audience is saying and how to speak their language.
1. AMA: Ask Me Anything
AMAs are social question and answer sessions. Companies and brand representatives often host AMAs on Twitter, Reddit, or in a live stream. But you can use AMA in your daily conversation like “Need help with your computer? Feel free to AMA!”
2. BRB: Be Right Back
BRB is used when you need to end a chat temporarily to attend to something else. It is quite an old one from the chat forum era but its making a comeback on social media when the right occasion calls for it.
3. BTS : Behind The Scenes
Use this when you’re giving your followers a behind-the-scenes look at what your brand is doing.
4. BTAIM : Be That As It May
5. BTW : By The Way
The acronym BTW is used when someone wants to add something to the end of a statement, An example could be; “Yeah, I just sold my car. BTW, I bought a new one!
6. DYK: Did You Know
Did you know that the DYK acronym is one great way to offer a fun fact?
7. ELI5: Explain It To Me Like I’m Five
This is a popular Reddit abbreviation which calls for a straightforward explanation of something complex.
8. FBF: Flashback Friday
It is usually used as a common hashtag (#FBF) on captions of past photos or posts on a Friday. It is similar to TBT (Throwback Thursday).
9. FOMO: Fear Of Missing Out
If you haven’t heard of FOMO, you’ve been missing out. It is a social anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on social media. An example of a typical conversation would be, “I have a cold, but my deep-seated FOMO made me come to this party.”
10. FTW: For The Win
FTW is an internet cheer used to express enthusiasm about an achievement. Sometimes it is used sarcastically but it’s usually used as with an acclamation at the end of a post. An example would be, “Lost 5 pounds, low-carb diet, FTW!”
11. FYI: For Your Information
FYI is commonly used not only in informal communication but also in formal situations to call attention to certain information.
12. H/T: Hat Tip
This means hat tip, or tip of the hat where it’s a way of recognizing or giving a virtual nod to the original source of a meme, expression, image, or idea on social media. It can also be just HT, or in lower case letters. Example in a blog post: “If you’re creating a list post for your blog, summarize that list in an image graphic and post it to Pinterest. Those types of pins do really well. HT: PinterestMarketingBlog.com“
13. ICYMI: In Case You Missed It
This acronym accompanies a message with information that is of interest to the recipient. Among business associates, it carries the connotation of “I know you’ve probably seen this, but I wanted to be sure.”
An example of the use of ICYMI could be,
“Here’s a link to last night’s speech ICYMI: [insert URL].”
14. IMO/IMHO: In My Opinion / In My Humble Opinion
This acronym is very helpful to get your opinion across especially in a sensitive issue. It’s used to emphasize that your statement is just one individual opinion. Here is an example: “Robert Pattinson is the most handsome actor imo.”
15. LMK: Let Me Know
LMK is used when we need feedback on an answer.
Example on Twitter:
“Please lmk what you’d most like improved/fixed about your Tesla. Thanks!”
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 9, 2018
16. NBD: No Big Deal
It’s used as a humble brag for something that is actually a big deal. For example; “I just won the championship title twice, nbd.” Or it can be just what it means – just to say that something is not so important. For example; “We can talk about it later, nbd.”
17. NSFW: Not Safe For Work
NSFW is used as a warning that links to content, videos or websites pages that people may not wish to be seen looking at in a public, formal or controlled environment. It may be too disturbing, sensitive or violent.
18. SMH: Shaking My Head
SMH is an expression of disbelief or disapproval. It has the same expression as RME (Rolling My Eyes). For example: “Did you see what Trump tweeted out last night? smh”.
19. TBH: To Be Honest
It can mean just plain and sincere To Be Honest, like “TBH, i preferred your old hairstyle” or an Honest Opinion or Honest Comment, for example “Do you want my TBH?” (Here TBH is used as a noun).
20. TBT: Throwback Thursday
TBT is usually used as a hashtag on Twitter and Instagram to share old photos. Its similar to FBF (Flashback Friday).
21. TFW: That Feeling When
Used to describe something you’re feeling or a particularly emotionally charged experience, whether positive or negative. For example on Twitter, #TFW when your best friend goes out with your ex, without your permission. by Savanna69 January 31, 2017
22. TGIF: Thank God It’s Friday
This is the feeling of gratitude for those who work on weekdays. For example, “I’ve had a stressful week, TGIF.”
23. TL;DR: Too Long; Didn’t Read
This is used for an internet post or article that is too lengthy and is also used by a writer before he gives a summary of a long story, post etc. For example,
“Cake is a form of food that is usually sweet and often baked. Bla bla bla bla…(long story about cake).
TL;DR: Cake is a baked, yummy sweet.”
24. WBW: Wayback Wednesday
#WaybackWednesday is almost like the #ThrowbackThursday trend, except on a Wednesday! Same with #FlashbackFriday.
25. WFH: Working From Home
Used in online chats with colleagues and in social media. A term we are using more than ever now since this pandemic started.