Twitter For Dummies
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Because of the 140-character limit for tweets, people often abbreviate common words and phrases on Twitter. The following table has abbreviations, or Twitter shorthand, that you see often. You will most likely want to use the shorthand, so the table illustrates its use in Twitter messaging.

Twitter Shorthand
Abbreviation What It Means Usage
4 For What do you want it 4?
4U For you I have something 4U.
BFN Bye for now Off to work, BFN.
BTW By the way BTW, I stopped by your office.
DM Direct Message Sent you a DM.
FYI For your information FYI I’ll be there.
IC I see IC you’ve changed your avatar.
IMHO In my humble opinion I think that’s bad IMHO.
IRL In real life Can’t wait to meet you IRL.
LMAO Laughing my *** off That’s so funny! LMAO!
LOL Laughing out loud OK, I’m LOL!
OH Overheard OH (at the beauty salon): Love your haircut.
OMG Oh my gosh OMG I can’t believe I watched that video.
ROFL Rolling on the floor laughing And now I’m ROFL.
RT Retweet RT is what you see when someone repeats one of your tweets to their followers.
RU Are you RU going to the tweetup?
Tweet Post a comment on Twitter Have you posted a tweet today?
Tweeps Twitter members I got RTs from 6 tweeps today.
Tweetup A real life meet up of Twitter members Where’s the tweetup?
Twitterverse The world of Twitter Welcome to the Twitterverse!
TY Thank You TY for all the RTs.
W00t! Yay! W00t! I got a deal at the store today.

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Laura Fitton was one of the first marketers to discover the value of Twitter for businesses and society. She founded the Twitter app store oneforty.com and sold it to HubSpot. Fitton served as inbound marketing evangelist for Hubspot for eight years. Anum Hussain is a producer of Desi Standard Time, a podcast focused on Bollywood films, South Asian cinema and media. A social media expert, she is also coauthor of Twitter For Dummies, 3rd Edition. Brittany Leaning has written about social media strategy for HubSpot’s 1.6 million readers and managed accounts for several well-known brands.

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