Twitter AbbreviationsRemember those days when SMS text messages rule the day? Back then per text messages were capped at 160 chars/SMS. Twitter is now the new rage with all the abbreviations being coined and used by many users. With 140 chars max, abbv is a necessary. The list below is not complete but it is popular and you should these twitter abbreviations commonly being used.

PS: because of the popularity of this post, I’m going to continue adding new abbreviations coined by tweeples, so there will be more than 100 here :)


Official Twitter Commands

@username – Reply to
DM @username – Direct Message
PRT – Partial Retweet or Please Retweet
RT – Retweet
# – hash tag in front of the word. A way to organize and find relevant tweets. e.g. #iphone4, #NBA, #android

Top 100 Twitter Abbreviations

AFK – Away from Keyboard
AFAIK – As Far as I Know
b4 – Before
b/c – Because
BFN – Bye For now
BR – Best Regards
brb – be right back
bbl – be back later
BTW – By the Way
chk – check
cld – could
clk – click
Drunktwittering – Tweet while drunk
Dweet – Tweet while drunk
EM or EML – Email
#FF – Follow Friday (on Fridays people recommend others they like to follow)
Fab – Fabulous
Fave, Fav – Favorite
FB – Facebook
FML – F–k My Life
FTF – Face To Face. Also, F2F.
FTL – For The Loss
FTW – For The Win
FUBAR – F__ked up beyond all repair. See SNAFU too.
FWD – Forward
FWIW -For What It’s Worth
Gr8 – Great
gtg – got to go
HTH – Hope That Helps, Happy to Help
IC – I see
ICYMI – In Case You Missed It
ILY or I <3 U – I love you
IDC- I don’t care
IDK- I don’t know
IIRC – If I remember correctly
IM – Instant Message / Internet Marketing
IMHO – In My Humble Opinion
IMO – In My Opinion
IOW – In Other Words
IRL – In Real Life
JV – Joint Venture
J/K – Just Kidding
JSYK – just so you know
L8 – late
L8r – later
LI – LinkedIn
LMAO – Laughing My Ass Off
LMBO – Laughing My Butt Off
LMK – Let Me Know
LOL – Laughing Out Loud
Mention – similar to Interaction. When someone mention your twitter handle/username (i.e. @imstash), it is good etiquette to thank them.
MT – Modified Tweet
mil – million
Mistweet – A tweet that was sent in error or that one later regrets.
NSFW – Not Safe For Work
OH – Overheard
ORLY- Oh Really?!!
OMFG – Oh My F–king God
OMG – Oh My God
peeps – people
pple or ppl – people
PWN – ownage, owned
PRT – Partial Retweet (at the start of a tweet) or Please Retweet
#PIN – Pinterest
RT – Retweet
RTF – Read The FAQ. RTFF shows up too. RTF also stands for Rich Text File.
RTFM – Read The F-ing Manual
RTHX – Thanks For The ReTweet
RTQ – Read The Question or Retweet Question
SMH- Shaking My Head
SNAFU – Situation Normal All F–ked Up
SOB – Son Of a Bitch
S/O – Shout Out (to acknowledge someone, a public expression of thanks or gratitude, or call for attention to your followers)
STFU – Shut The F–k Up
STFW – Search The F —ing Web
Ur – your
TIA – thanks in advance
Tweet Out – similar to Shout Out (used commonly to promote a product)
TMB – Tweet Me Back
TMI – Too Much Information
Trend- A topic “Trending” or “popular” right now on Twitter
TTYS – Talk to you soon
TTYL – Talk to you later
Twadd – To add someone as a Twitter friend
Twaffic – Twitter traffic
Twaiting – Twittering while waiting
Twaunt – Taunting someone over Twitter
Tweekend – Spending your weekend on Twitter
Tweeps – People on Twitter
TYT – Take your time.
TYVM – Thank you very much.
WTF – What The F–k
WTH – What The Hell / What the Heck
wazzup, whatddup, sup – what’s up
wld – would
w00t – an expression of joy or excitement
WTS – want to sell
WTB – want to buy
WTT – want to trade
YMMV – Your Mileage May Vary
YT- YouTube
YW – You’re Welcome
YGTR – You Got that Right
<3 – text version of a heart

Do you know of any Twitter acronyms or short forms that should belong to the list?



Lincoln is a fan of Apple products, loves red wine and traveling. He blogs on internet marketing, social media, wordpress tips & guides, and using technology to maximize efficiency. Follow him on Twitter or Facebook for regular updates.

4 Responses to Top 100 Popular & Commonly Used Twitter Abbreviations

  1. Margo says:

    TY – thank you

  2. henry says:

    what is :D and <3

  3. lincoln says:

    <3 means love or heart

  4. Vance Gold says:

    what is w.e

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