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Social Media Acronyms and Abbreviations

Social media acronyms and abbreviations were researched and gathered into this “PG-13” list by Angela Ferraris, The Retired School Librarian.  Learn some of the most common social media acronyms and abbreviations used in the computer culture.

Warning: There is some mild profanity, sexual content, and crudeness.

Symbols and Numbers

  • !–I have a question
  • (U)–Arms around you, hug for you
  • *$–Starbucks
  • ,!!!–Talk to the hand
  • /R/–Requesting
  • 02–My two cents or your two cents
  • 10Q–Thank you
  • 121–One to one
  • 123–I agree
  • 1337–Elite
  • 142n8ly–Unfortunately
  • 143–I love you
  • 1432–I love you too
  • 14AA41–One for all, all for one
  • 182–I hate you
  • 187–Murder/homicide
  • 1daful–wonderful
  • 2–to, too, two
  • 20–location
  • 24/7–Twenty-four seven/ all of the time
  • 2b–To be
  • 2B or not 2B–To be or not to be
  • 2b2–To be at
  • 2BZ4UQT–Too busy for you, Cutey
  • 2d4–To die for
  • 2day–Today
  • 2GTB4G–Too good to be forgotten
  • 2G2BT–Too good to be true
  • 2more–Tomorrow
  • 2QT–Too cute
  • 2U2–To you too
  • 303–Mom
  • 4–For, four
  • 403–Deny access to
  • 404–I haven’t a clue
  • 411–Information
  • 420–Marijuana
  • 459–I love you
  • 4AO–For adults only
  • 4COL–For crying out loud
  • 4e–Forever
  • 4EAE–Forever and ever
  • 4eva–Forever
  • 4ever–Forever
  • 4FS–For F— sake
  • 4NR–Foreigner
  • 4Q–F— You
  • 511–Too much information
  • 5FS–Five Finger salute
  • 747–Let’s fly
  • 775–Kiss me
  • 831–I love you
  • 86–Get rid of
  • 88–Hugs and kisses
  • 8t–It
  • 9–Parent is watching
  • 99–Parent is no longer watching
  • 996–Work 9 am-9pm, 6 days a week
  • ::poof::–I’m gone
  • <3–heart
  • =–Reply
  • ?–I have a question
  • @–At
  • @TEOTD–At the end of the day

A

  • A/N–Author’s note
  • A2D–Agree to disagree
  • A3–Anytime, anyplace, anywhere
  • AAAAA–American Association Against Acronym Abuse
  • AAF–As a friend or always and forever
  • AAK–Asleep at keyboard
  • AAMOF–As a matter of fact
  • AAMOI–As a matter of interest
  • AAP–Always a pleasure(as in you’re welcome)
  • AAR–At any rate
  • AAR8–At any rate
  • AAS–Alive and smiling
  • AATK–Always at the keyboard
  • AAYF–As always, your friend
  • AB–A** Backwards
  • ab/abt–About
  • ABH–Anywhere but here
  • ABITHAD–Another blithering idiot thinks he’s a doctor
  • ABT2–About to
  • ACC–Actually
  • ACD–Alt Control Delete
  • ACK–Acknowledgement
  • ACORN–A completely obsessive really nutty person
  • ADAD–Another day; another dollar
  • ADBB–All done bye bye
  • ADIH–Another day in h—
  • ADIP–Another day in paradise
  • AEAP–As early as possible
  • AF–As f*ck
  • AFAGAY–A friend as good as you
  • AFAIC–As far as I’m concerned
  • AFAICT–As far as I can tell
  • AFAIK – As far as I know
  • AFAIR–As far as I remember
  • AFC–Away from computer
  • AFK–Away from keyboard
  • AFPOE–A fresh pair of eyes
  • AIMB–As I mentioned before
  • AIMP–Always in my prayers
  • AISI–As I see it
  • AITR–Adult in the room
  • AKA–Also known as
  • ALAP–As late as possible
  • ALCON–all concerned
  • ALOL–Actually laughing out loud
  • ALOTBSOL–Always look on the bright side of life
  • ALW–Ain’t life wonderful
  • AMA – Ask me anything
  • AMAP–As many(or much) as possible
  • AMBW–All my best wishes
  • AML–All my love
  • API – Application programming interface.
  • ASAP–As soon as possible
  • AWC–After while, crocodile
  • AWHFY–Are we having fun yet?
  • AWOL–Absent without leave
  • ax–Across
  • AYMM–Are you my mother? (sarcastically)
  • AYOR–At your own risk
  • AYSOS–Are you stupid or something?
  • AYTMTB–And you’re telling me this because

B

  • b/c, bc–Because
  • B@U–Back at you
  • B2B–Business-to-business
  • B2C–Business-to-consumer
  • B4–Before
  • B4N–Bye for now
  • BAE–Before anyone else
  • BAK–Back at keyboard
  • BAU–Business as usual
  • BBBG–Bye bye be good
  • BBIAS–Be back in a sec
  • BFF–Best Friends Forever
  • BG–Be good
  • BGBC–Be glad be cheerful
  • BGF–Best girlfriend
  • BI5–Back in five
  • BIBI–Bye bye
  • BIO–Bring it on
  • BION–Believe it or not
  • BIZ–Business
  • BKA–Better known as
  • BL–Belly laughing
  • BON–Believe it or not
  • BR–Bathroom
  • BRB – Be right back
  • BRO–Be right over
  • BSOD–Blue screen of death
  • BTAIM— Be that as it may
  • BTD–Bored to death
  • BTDT–Been there done that
  • BTFLDY–Beautiful day
  • BTN–Better than nothing
  • BTS–Behind the scenes
  • BTTE–Brothers to the end
  • BTW— By the way
  • BUMP–Bring up my post
  • BW–Best wishes
  • BWL–Bursting with Laughter
  • BWTM–But wait, there’s more
  • BYAM–Between you and me
  • BYOB–Bring your own bottle(or beer)
  • BYOD–Bring your own device
  • BYTME–Better you than me
  • BZ–busy

C

  • CAAC–Cool as a cucumber
  • CAS–Crack a smile
  • CBB–Can’t be bothered
  • CBM–Covered by Medicare
  • CBT–Computer based training or cognitive behavioral therapy
  • CC–Carbon Copy
  • CD–Compact disc
  • CM–Call me
  • CMB–Call me back
  • CMIW–Correct me if I’m wrong
  • CS–Career suicide
  • CSL–Can’t Stop Laughing
  • CMGR–Community Manager
  • CMS–Content Management System
  • CMV–Change My View
  • CPC–Cost Per Click
  • CSL–Can’t stop laughing
  • CT–Can’t talk or text
  • CTA–Call-To-Action
  • CTO–Check this out
  • CU–See you
  • CUL–See you later
  • CUZ–Because
  • CWOT–Complete waste of time
  • CX – Customer experience
  • CY–Calm yourself
  • CYE–Check your email
  • CYT–See you tomorrow

D

  • D8–Date
  • DAE–Does anyone else…?
  • DBMIB–Don’t bother me; I’m busy
  • DDAS–Don’t do anything stupid
  • DDG–Drop dead gorgeous
  • def–Definitely
  • dem–Them
  • DFTBA–Don’t forget to be awesome
  • DHYB–Don’t hold your breath
  • DIET–Do I eat today
  • DIKU–Do I know you?
  • ditto–Same here
  • DIY–Do it yourself
  • DJM–Don’t judge me
  • DK–Don’t know
  • DKDC–Don’t know don’t care
  • DLTM–Don’t lie to me
  • DM–Direct message
  • DNBL8–Do not be late
  • DNF–Did not find
  • DOS–Dad over shoulder
  • DP–Domestic partner
  • DPUP–Don’t poop your pants
  • DQMOT–Don’t quote me on this
  • DTRT–Do the right thing
  • dunno–I don’t know
  • DUR–Do you remember
  • DWH–During work hours
  • DYHAB–Do you have a boyfriend?
  • DYHAG–Do you have a girlfriend?
  • DYK – Did you know…?

E

  • E123–Easy as one, two, three
  • EE–Employee
  • ELI5 – Explain like I’m five
  • EM–Excuse me
  • EMA–Email address
  • EMBM–Early morning business meeting
  • EMI–Excuse my ignorance
  • EML–Email me later
  • ESP-– Email service provider
  • EVRE1–Every one
  • EYD–Enjoy your day
  • EZ–Easy

F

  • F–Friend
  • F/U–Follow up
  • F2F–Face to Face
  • FAQ–Frequently asked questions
  • FAV–Favorite
  • FAWC–For anyone who cares
  • FB –- Facebook
  • FBF  Flashback Friday
  • FBO –Facebook official
  • FCOL–For crying out loud
  • FF –Follow Friday; also frequent flyer
  • FFA–Free for all
  • FIL–Father-in-law
  • FIMH–Forever in My Heart
  • Fit–outfit
  • FITYMI–Fake it til you make it
  • FLOTUS–First Lady of the United States
  • FMOT–Follow me on Twitter
  • FOMO –Fear of missing out
  • FR–For real
  • FS–For sale
  • FSBO–for sale by owner
  • FTBL–Football
  • FTBOMH–From the bottom of my heart
  • FTE–Full time employee
  • FTFY-Fixed that for you
  • FTTB–For the time being
  • FUTAB–Feet up, take a break
  • FTL–for the loss
  • FTW-For the win
  • FWD–Forward
  • FWIW–For what it’s worth
  • FYC–For your consideration
  • FYEO–For your eyes only
  • FYI –- For your information

G

  • G2G or GTG-Got to go
  • G4I–Go for it
  • G8–Great
  • G9–Genius
  • GA-Google Analytics
  • GAHOY–Get a hold of yourself
  • GF–Girlfriend
  • GFN–Gone for now
  • GG -Good game
  • GJ–Good job
  • GL–Good luck
  • GMTA–Great minds think alike
  • GN–Good night
  • GOAT–Greatest of all time
  • GOI–Get over it
  • GRAS–Generally recognized as safe
  • GRATZ–Congratulations
  • GRWM–Get ready with me
  • GTG–Got to go
  • GTR –Got to run

H

  • H&K–Hugs and kisses
  • hahaha–Laughing
  • HAND–Have a nice day
  • HBD – Happy birthday
  • Hi 5–High five
  • HIFW – How I feel when…
  • HMB – Hit me back
  • HMU – Hit me up
  • Howru–How are you?
  • HR–Human resources
  • HT or H/T-Hat tip. Used for acknowledging, appreciating or thanking other users.
  • HTH — Here to help or happy to help
  • HTML–Hyper text markup language

I

  • i h8 it-I hate it
  • IAM–In a meeting
  • IANAD–I am not a doctor
  • IANAL–I am not a lawyer
  • IBTD–I beg to differ
  • ICBW–I could be wrong
  • ICO-911–In case of emergency
  • ICW–I can’t wait
  • ICWUM–I see what you mean
  • ICYMI — In case you missed it
  • IDC — I don’t care
  • IDGI–I don’t get it
  • IDK– I don’t know
  • IDST–I didn’t say that
  • IDTS–I don’t think so
  • IFYP–I feel your pain
  • IG –Instagram
  • IFYP–I feel your pain
  • IHNC–I have no clue
  • IHU–I hear you
  • IIRC–If I remember correctly
  • IJ–Inside joke
  • IKR — I know, right?
  • ILU–I love you
  • ILY –- I love you
  • IM–Instant message
  • IMHO — In my humble opinion
  • IMI–I mean it
  • IMO — In my opinion
  • IMS–I am sorry
  • IMU–I miss you
  • IRL — In real life
  • ISO–In search of
  • ISP–Internet service provider
  • IT–Information technology
  • IYKWIM–If you know what I mean
  • IYKYK–If you know, you know

J

  • J4F–Just for fun
  • JIC–Just in case
  • JK — Just kidding
  • JOMO–Joy of missing out
  • JS–Just saying
  • JTM– Just the messenger
  • JSYK–Just so you know

K

  • KBD–Keyboard
  • KCCO–Keep calm & carry on
  • kewl–cool
  • KIA–Killed in action
  • KISS–Keep it simple, stupid
  • KIT–Keep in touch
  • KITY–Keep it to yourself
  • KK–Okay or kiss kiss
  • KPC–Keeping parents clueless

L

  • L8–Late
  • L@U–Laughing at you
  • LG–Life’s good
  • LGBTQ–Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer+
  • LGGBDTTTIQQAAPP–Lesbian, gay, genderqueer, bisexual, demisexual, transgender, transsexual, twospirit, intersex, queer, questioning, asexual, allies, pansexual, polyamorous
  • LHK–Love hugs kisses
  • LHM–Lord have mercy
  • LI–LinkedIn
  • LIG–Life is good or let it go
  • LMAO — Laughing my a** off
  • LMK— Let me know
  • LMS— Like my status
  • LOK–Lots of kisses
  • LOL— Laughing out loud
  • LOLz–Laughing out loud sarcastically
  • LOML–Love of my life
  • LUMU–Love you miss you
  • LYLAB–Love you like a brother
  • LYLAS–Love you like a sister

M

  • M02–My two cents
  • meh–whatever, who cares
  • MEJR–My eyes just rolled
  • MFC–Meet for coffee
  • MFW– My face when…
  • MIA–Missing in action
  • MIL–Mother-in-law
  • MIRL–Meet in real life
  • MOV–My own views
  • MRW–My reaction when
  • MSG–Message
  • MT–Modified tweet
  • MU–Miss you
  • MTFBWY— May the Force be with you
  • MYOB–Mind your own business

N

  • NAGI–Not a good idea
  • NATO–No action, talk only
  • NAVY–Never gain volunteer yourself
  • NB–Not bad
  • NBD— No big deal
  • ne1–Anyone
  • Ne2H–Need to have
  • NIMBY–Not in my back yard
  • NIMJD–Not in my job description
  • NM— Not much
  • NME–Enemy
  • NMP–Not my problem
  • NMU–Not much, you?
  • NMY–Nice meeting you
  • NP–No problem
  • NSFL–Not safe for life
  • NSFWNot safe for work
  • NTH–Nice to have
  • NVM— Never mind
  • NW–No way
  • NWR–Not work related
  • NWT–New with tags
  • NYT–Name your trade

O

  • OAN–On another note
  • OAO–Over and out
  • OBO–Or best offer
  • Obvs–Obviously
  • OC–Original content
  • OH– Overheard
  • OK–Okay
  • OMDB–Over my dead body
  • OMG–Oh, my God!
  • OMW— On my way
  • ONNA–Oh no, not again
  • ONUD–Oh no you didn’t
  • OOAK–One of a kind
  • OOO–Out of the office
  • OOS–Out of stock
  • OOTD— Outfit of the day
  • OP– Original post
  • OST–On second thought
  • OTC–Over the counter
  • OTL–Out to lunch
  • ORLY–Oh, really?!

P

  • P2P–Person to person, or peer to peer
  • P911–Parent alert
  • PA–Parent alert
  • PAH–Parent at home
  • PAW–parents are watching
  • PC–Personal computer or politically correct
  • PD–Public domain
  • PDQ–Pretty darn quick
  • PBB–Parent behind back
  • PIF–Paid in full
  • PIN–Pinterest
  • PITR–Parent in the room
  • Pls–Please
  • PM–Private message
  • POA–Plan of action
  • POMS–Parent over my shoulder
  • POTD–Photo of the day
  • POV–Point of view
  • POW–Prisoner of war
  • PPC–Pay per click
  • PPL – People
  • PR–Public relations or PageRank
  • PRT–Please retweet
  • PS–Post script
  • PSA–Public service announcement
  • PTB–Please text back
  • PU–That stinks
  • PV— Page views

Q

  • Q&A–Question and answer
  • Q4u–Question for you
  • QOTD–Quote of the day
  • QQ–Crying or quick question
  • QYB–Quit your bitching

R

  • R&R–Rest and relaxation
  • RBTL–Read between the lines
  • RC–Remote control
  • RDV–Reader’s Digest version
  • RIP–Rest in peace
  • RL–Real life
  • RLRT–Real life retweet
  • RN–Right now
  • RNN–Reply not necessary
  • ROFL— Rolling on the floor laughing
  • ROFLMAO— Rolling on the floor laughing my a** off
  • ROI–Return on investment
  • RSS–Really simple syndication or rich site summary
  • RSVP–Respondez S’il Vous Plait
  • RT–Retweet or real time
  • RTD–Real-time data
  • RUOK–Are you OK?
  • RUS–Are you serious?

S

  • S/N–Serial number
  • S2U–Same to you
  • SaaS–software as a service
  • SALT–Same as last time
  • SANM–Starting a new message
  • SB–Stand by
  • SC–Snapchat or stay cool
  • SCOTUS–Supreme court of the United States
  • sec–Wait a second
  • SEM–Search engine marketing
  • SEO–search engine optimization
  • SERP–search engine results page
  • SETE–Smiling ear to ear
  • SFW— Safe for work
  • SGTM–Sounds good to me
  • SH–Sh** happens
  • shhh-Quiet
  • SHID–Slap head in disgust
  • SIL–Sister-in-law
  • SIN–Stop it now
  • SIT–Stay in touch
  • SM–Social media
  • SMART–specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, timely
  • SMB–Small and medium-sized business
  • SMH— Shaking my head
  • SMM–Social media marketing
  • SMO–Social media optimization
  • SMP–Social media platform
  • SO–Significant other
  • SOB–Son of a b*tch
  • SOH–Sense of humor
  • SOHO–Small office home office
  • SoLoMo–Social, Local, Mobile
  • SOML–Story of my life
  • SOV–Share of voice
  • Squad–group of friends
  • SRSLY–Seriously
  • SSDD–Same stuff, different day
  • SU–Shut up
  • sub–What’s up
  • Sus–Suspicious or sketchy
  • SWAK–Sealed with a kiss

T

  • T&C–Terms and conditions
  • t+–Think positive
  • t2go–Time to go
  • T2UL–Talk to you later
  • T4P–Thanks for posting
  • TA–Thanks again
  • TAM–Thanks a million
  • TBA–To be announced
  • TBC–To be continued
  • TBD–To be decided or determined
  • TBH– To be honest
  • TBBH— To be brutally honest
  • TBT— Throwback Thursday
  • TBYB–Try before you buy
  • TC–Take care
  • TCOB–Taking care of business
  • TCOY–Take care of yourself
  • TEAM–Together everyone achieves more
  • TFTF–Thanks for the follow
  • TFW– That feeling when…
  • TGIF— Thank God it’s Friday
  • Thx–Thanks
  • TIA–Thanks in advance
  • TIL— Today I learned…
  • TIME–Tears in my eyes
  • TL;DR– Too long; didn’t read
  • TMB–Tweet me back
  • TMI— Too much information
  • TNO–Tell no one
  • TOM–Tomorrow
  • TNTL–Trying not to laugh
  • TOON–Cartoon
  • TOY–Thinking of you
  • TOS–Terms of service
  • TT–TikTok
  • TTKU–Try to keep up
  • TTTT–To tell the truth
  • TTUL–Talk to you later
  • TTYL–Talk to you later
  • TTYN–Talk to you never
  • TTYS–Talk to you soon
  • TW–Twitter
  • Txt–Text
  • TY–Thank you
  • TYVM–Thank you very much

U

  • UFN–Until further notice
  • UGC–User generated content
  • UI–user interface
  • UR2K–You are too kind
  • URL–Uniform resource locator
  • UV–Unique visitor
  • UX–User experience

V

  • VBD–Very big deal
  • VFM–Value for money
  • VGN–Vegan or vegetarian
  • VIM–Very important member
  • VIP–Very important person
  • VM–Voice mail
  • VOD–Video on demand
  • VWD–Very well done

W

  • w/–With
  • WAD–Without a doubt
  • WADR–With all due respect
  • WAI–What an idiot
  • WAY–Where are you?
  • WAYD–What are you doing?
  • WBU– What about you?
  • WDYM–What do you mean?
  • WE–Whatever
  • WFH— Working from home
  • WIP–Work in progress
  • WKYP–Will keep you posted
  • WOM–Word of mouth
  • WOTD–Word of the day
  • WTF–What the f—?
  • WTH–What the hay?, What the heck?, or What the h*ll?
  • WTPA–Where’s the party at?
  • WUWH–Wish you were here
  • WUZUP–What’s up?
  • WYA–Where you at?
  • WYP–What’s your problem?
  • WYRN–What your real name?
  • WYWH–Wish you were here

X

  • X–Times
  • X-I-10–Exciting
  • XAXA–Ha Ha
  • XOXO–Hugs and kisses
  • XX–Kiss kiss

Y

  • Y–Why? or yes
  • YA–Yet another
  • Yas or Yaaas–yes; overly excited
  • YATI–You’re a total idiot
  • YB–You b*itch
  • YDKM–You don’t know me
  • YGBK–You gotta be kidding
  • YGM–You got ma
  • YGTBK–You’ve got to be kidding
  • YGTR–You got that right
  • YIU–Yes, I understand
  • YNK–You never know
  • YKWIM–You know what I mean
  • YOLO— You only live once
  • YOYO–You’re on your own
  • YSK–You should know
  • YT–YouTube
  • YW–You’re welcome

Z

  • Z–Said
  • zerg–To gang up on someone
  • ZZZ–sleeping, tired, bored