The microblogging site Twitter, which has 175 million users allows 140 characters per message. In order to convey meaningful messages, commonly used phrases are abbreviated.
Rule No. 1 in abbreviating is that it should be internationally accepted and known, and not known by you alone.
@ – added before any username to send a message to that person
e.g @3rdbrain hello dear, how was the day ?
RT – stands for Retweeting/forwarding the original tweet.
e.g. RT @quotations “What’s the use of a good quotation if you can’t change it?” – Doctor Who
DM – stands for Direct Message
This written message is a private message and doesn’t appear in public timeline.
PRT – used for two ways
- as Please ReTweet, a request to forward tweet to the someone’s followers.
- as Partial ReTweet, in this original tweet is edited upto 140 character limit
Twit – Tweet - Tweeps – used usually as an alternative for one’s Twitter updates
Twitterholic – A person who is addicted to using Twitter
Twollower – comprised of the words “Twitter + follower”
It is a person who follows you
Twiends – comprised of the words “Twitter + Friends”
Used to designate friends on Twitter
Twitterverse – used to designate “Whole community of Twitter ”
Tweople/Tweeple – comprised of the words “Twitter + People” and refers to the people on Twitter
Twitterpreneur – Any entrepreneur on Twitter or anyone creating/thinking for Twitter-based startup.
Twistory – it refers to any history of Twitter
b/c – because
FTW – For the Win
FTL – For the Loss (usually used as opposite to FTW)
FAVRD – used for casting a vote on textism
FAIL – used about something when a service is not working.
PWN – an alternative to the word “own”
OH – stands for Overhead
NSFW – stands for Not Safe For Work
Twitcrush= Declaring a crush on someone on Twitter
LMAO – stands for Laughing My Ass Off
IMHAO – In My Humble Opinion
WTH – What the Hell
BTW – By the way
IRL – In Real Life
FTF – Face to Face
YMMV – Your Mileage May Vary
BR – Best Regard
ASAP – As Soon As Possible
JV – Joint Venture
LMK – Let Me Know
J/K – Just Kiddin
FB - Facebook
<3 – used a text version of Heart
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