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Your Quick Guide to Twitter Acronyms and Symbols

Twitter Acronyms and Symbols

New to Twitter and overwhelmed by the volume of Twitter acronyms and new terms?

Fear not! Our Twitter symbols guide can help you navigate the twitterverse and have you spouting the lingo like a 140-character pro in no time!

@ (Mention)

The @symbol indicates the twitter member’s name. If you are calling out to a person on twitter you need to use the @ symbol so that they see the message. 

# (Hashtag)

The # symbol is usually followed by a word or a phrase. Using the pound symbol turns the word into a link that can catalog a conversation. Also useful in searching for new content around popular topics.

DM –Direct Message

If you want to have a private conversation with someone, you can direct message or “DM” them. Both users must be following each other in order to hold a private conversation on Twitter. And the great news is recently the 140 character limit has been removed from direct messages, so DM your heart out!

RT – Retweet

RT is repeating someone else’s content while giving credit to the person who tweeted it.

MT- Modified tweet

A MT is a retweet which has been edited so that it remains within the 140 allowed characters. Often retweeting users with long handles forces you to send out an MT.

#TBT- Throwback Thursday

TBT is used when people share photos taken in the past on their Twitter feed on Thursdays.

#FF – Follow Friday

Follow Friday is a shout out to followers about people they should be following on Twitter.

TT- Top Trends or Twitter Trends or Trending Topic

The topics that are popular and discussed more on Twitter are called trending topics. Sometimes used as a hashtag to add focus to a trending topic.


Favorite is similar to the Like button on Facebook. If users like a tweet, they can click on the star below the tweet so that the person who sent out the tweet knows that someone likes it.


A Twitter list is a curated group of people on Twitter. You can subscribe to lists or create your own lists. Lists help you find pockets of people who are interested in the same topic.

Other acronyms you should know!

IMO– In my opinion

TBH– To be honest

DD– Dear Daughter

IDK– I don’t know

TY– Thank You

CC– Carbon Copy

ABT– About

BTW– By the way

B/C– Because

B4– Before

F2F– Face to face

HAND– Have a nice day

HAGN– Have a good night

TTYL– Talk to you later

JK– Just kidding

LMK– Let me know

YW– You’re Welcome

W/- With

TYT_ Take your time

TL– Time Line

TFTF_ Thanks for the follow

PLN– Personal Learning Network

Tweeps– People on twitter

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