All the Social Media Acronyms and Abbreviations You Need to Know

Working with students on WordPress, web publishing, writing for the web, and social media, it’s important to learn the language of the web – in this case the social web.

All Acronyms offers an extensive list of social media acronyms and abbreviations and NetLingo – The Internet Dictionary claims to be the largest resource featuring all of those funky letter combinations that say so much in so few keystrokes.

Infographic of Social Media Acronyms from B2 Squared.

Some long time favorites are listed:

  • AFAIK: As Far As I Know
  • BFN: By For Now
  • BTW: By The Way
  • FYI: For Your Information
  • IMHO: In My Humble Opinion
  • LOL: Laugh Out Loud
  • TY: Thank You

And of course our favorite WTF.

Some are a little confusing as they haven’t totally standardized like FTL. Depending upon how you use it it is “For the Lose” or “For The Loss,” neither for sorrowful greetings. Dig a little deeper and you will see that FTL also means the following to the rest of the world:

  • Family Tree Legends
  • Federal Tax Lien
  • Feel the Love
  • Ferritin Light Chain
  • Field Team Leader
  • Flash Translation Layer
  • Folding Table Legs
  • Follow The Leader
  • Follow The Link
  • For The Lord
  • Free Talk Live
  • Freedom to Learn
  • Fruit of the Loom
  • Future Temporal Logic

Just proof that an acronym in any industry or community may shift and change depending upon the usage and need.

Here are a few of the social media acronyms and abbreviations less well known.

  • ::poof:: – I’m gone
  • <3: it's a heart
  • 1174: Nude club
  • 143: I love you
  • 1432: I Love You Too
  • 14AA41: One for All and All for One
  • 182I: hate you
  • 1dafulit: means wonderful
  • 2BZ4UQT: Too Busy For You Cutey
  • 2G2B4G: Too Good To Be Forgotten
  • 2moro: Tomorrow
  • 2nite: Tonight
  • 2QT: Too Cute
  • 420: Marijuana
  • 4COL: For Crying Out Loud
  • 4U: For You
  • 511: Too much information
  • 53X: Sex
  • 9: Parent is watching
  • 99: Parent is no longer watching
  • AAMOF: As A Matter Of Fact
  • AAMOI: As A Matter Of Interest
  • B/C: Because
  • B4: Before
  • BGD: Background
  • BR: Best regards
  • C: See
  • CNP: Continued in Next Post
  • COB: Close Of Business
  • COBRAS: Come On By Right After School
  • COT: Circle Of Trust
  • CRS: Can’t Remember Sh**
  • CUATSC: See You At The Senior Center
  • CUATU: See You Around The Universe
  • D: Direct
  • da: The
  • DBD: Don’t Be Dumb
  • DBEYR: Don’t Believe Everything You Read
  • deets: Details
  • EML: Email
  • EOM: End Of Message
  • EOT: End Of Thread/Text/Transmission
  • EWI: E-mailing While Intoxicated
  • FB: Facebook
  • FTF: Face to Face
  • G1: Good One
  • G2: GGot to Go
  • GR8: Great
  • IC: I see
  • IOW: In Other Words
  • IRL: In Real Life
  • itz: It is
  • J/K: Just Kidding
  • JV: Joint Venture
  • K: Okay
  • L8: Late
  • L8er: Later
  • plz: Please
  • PPL: People
  • props: Proper Respect
  • TMB: Tweet Me Back
  • UR: Your

Knowing the abbreviations and acronyms used online is critical for national and domestic security, too, as the FBI recently created a guide for acronyms and slang on social media for the public and their agents.

Here are more resources to help you identify the meaning between the letters.

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