Twitter and Texting Abbreviations Have a Lot in Common

There are abbreviations unique to Twitter, but most are the same used in texting.  If you find yourself walking through phrases to create these abbreviations, you want to make sure others will be able to decipher your quickspeak.  Keep to the list of common ones. These may help:

Technical Twitter abbreviations:

  • MT = Modified tweet. This means the tweet you're looking at is a paraphrase of a tweet originally written by someone else.
  • RT = Retweet. The tweet you're looking at was forwarded to you by another user.
  • DM = Direct message. A direct-message is a message only you and the person who sent it can read. IMPORTANT: To DM someone all you need to type is D username message.
  • PRT = Partial retweet. The tweet you're looking at is the truncated version of someone else's tweet.
    AND, Please retweet. This is for when you want help getting the word out to your followers followers.
  • HT = Hat tip. This is a way of attributing a link to another Twitter user.
  • CC = Carbon-copy. Works the same way as email.

Conversational abbreviations:

  • IMHO = In my humble opnion.
  • OH = Overheard.
  • IRL = In real life
  • NSFW = Not safe for work.
  • FWIW = For what it's worth.
  • QOTD = quote of the day
  • BTW = By the way
  • BFN = Bye for now
  • AFAIK = As far as I know'
  • TY = Thank you
  • YW = You're welcome
  • IANAL – I am not a lawyer
  • WTF – Worse than failure – or maybe something else…
  • OMG – Oh my gosh/god
  • YMMV: Your Mileage May Vary
  • tn – tonight
  • tm – tomorrow
  • hgm – hello, good morning
  • smh – shaking my headbrb = be right back
  • gtg = got to go
  • ttyl = talk to you later
  • rmeay = rolling my eyes at you
  • idk = i dont know
  • TTFN: Ta-Ta for Now
  • TA – Thanks alot
  • AMIIC Ask Me If I Care
  • IKR= I know right?
  • FYI= for yor information
  • WTH= What the hell
  • FTW= For the win
  • Js= Just saying
  • ILY= I love you
  • TWSS= Thats what she said
  • IDK= I dont know
  • YKWRGMG= You know what really gets my goat
  • bb= Baby
  • Jk= Just kidding/joke
  • Pls= Please. As in, Pls RT.
  • KWIM= Know what I mean
  • IMO= In my opinion
The list is endless, but these will help save you some characters.  I'm not looking to expand this list and left a few of the F bomb ones out.  These are just the basics.