Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram For Seniors For Dummies Cheat Sheet - dummies
Cheat Sheet

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram For Seniors For Dummies Cheat Sheet

From Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram For Seniors For Dummies, 3rd Edition

By Marsha Collier

Hanging around on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram is more than talking to friends and posting pictures. Facebook has great games and applications to pass the time, promote your business, and just have fun. In this Cheat Sheet, you’ll find some recommended apps and emoticons to add drama to your postings. You can also use apps to shorten your time on social media. Finally, using Twitter shorthand lets you deliver a succinct message in your Tweets.

No Emoji Keyboard? Add Emoticons to Facebook Updates

Sometimes it’s just easier to type out your message and get fancy with emoji. Emoticons (or Smileys) have been used since the 19th century to punctuate the written word with graphics simulated by characters. On Facebook, users who type these emoticons in their status updates add a little sparkle to the news feed because they show up like graphic emoji.

Facebook Emoticons
Type This What It Means
<3 Heart
: ) Smile
: ( Frown
:/ Skeptical
>:( Angry, mad
:'( Crying
: -* Kiss
; ) Wink
: D Grin
: P Sticking tongue out at you
:O Gasp!
@~)~~~~ Give someone a rose
:X Lips are sealed

Use Tools with Social Media

You can use tools to expand your social media prowess by delivering more than pithy phrases in your Tweets, Facebook, and Instagram messages. As you become engrossed in the social media universe, you’ll no doubt need some tools to help you navigate, organize, and direct your communications. Try out the recommended tools in this table.

Social Media Companion Tools

Tool URL What It Does
Bit.ly www.bit.ly Shortens URLs to fit within 280-character Tweets and provides statistics on how many people visit the link
Buffer www.buffer.com Has a free plan that lets you schedule up to ten social posts at a time
Facetune www.facetuneapp.com Excellent mobile app to edit portraits and selfies
HootSuite hootsuite.com/create-free-account Has a desktop or browser client to organize your Twitter and Facebook friends and posts
TweetDeck www.tweetdeck.com Helps with Twitter chats by tracking and managing your Twitter friends

Use Social Media Shorthand

Because of the 280-character limit for Tweets, people often abbreviate common words and phrases on Twitter. This shorthand has trickled into other social media forms, particularly Facebook and Instagram. 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.

Social Media 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.
ICYMI In case you missed it ICYMI I posted that yesterday.
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 a** 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.
PITA Pain in the a** My kids are driving me crazy. What a PITA
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?
SMH Shaking my head They did what? SMH!
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 meetup 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!