Glossary of Abbreviated Twitter Terms or Hashtags

twitter-abbreAs you get active on Twitter, you may come across some of these common abbreviations sometimes used as hashtags or just added as part of the Tweet message.

Glossary of commonly used abbreviated hashtags:


BRB – Be Right Back

BTW – By the way

FF – Follow Friday

TBT – Throwback Thursday

SMH – Shaking My Head

LMAO – Laughing My A– Off

LMFAO – Laughing My F—ing A—Off

LOL – Laugh Out Loud

OH – Overheard

OMG – Oh my God! or Oh my Goodness!

PLZ – Please

RLRT – Real-Life Retweet

ROFL – Rolling on the floor laughing

TGIF – Thank God Its Friday

THX – Thank You or Thanks

YOLO – You Only Live Once


DM – Added in the beginning of a Tweet Direct Message

GFF – This is one that you should avoid at all costs, according to Twitter’s official glossary, which has this to say about it: “Sites that promise to get you more followers if you provide your username and password. After signing up, these sites send spam from your account. Don’t use them.”

RT – use to tag retweet.  Usually added manually in the beginning.

MT – Similar to RT, an abbreviation for “Modified Tweet”. Placed in the beginning of  the modified retweeted post.  Commonly happens when a Tweet has to be shortened.


For a more comprehensive list check-out these other resources:

  • Top Twitter Abbreviations list put together and posted on Social Media Today by Tia Fisher.  Article located here: http://www.socialmediatoday.com/content/top-twitter-abbreviations-you-need-know
  • The Complete Guide of Twitter Lingo on Mashable by Amy-Mae Elliot.  Article located here: http://mashable.com/2013/07/19/twitter-lingo-guide/
  • Twitter Abbreviations You Need To Know on Business Insider by Nicholas Carlson. Article located here: http://www.businessinsider.com/twitter-abbreviations-2010-8

This web page will be update if we find others, so it is a good web page to bookmark for reference.

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