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24 social media acronyms you should know

“OMG, I just figured out what SMH means!”

That was me a few months ago and, apparently, I’m not the only one. It took me some time to understand that this acronym means “shaking my head.” After seeing it repeatedly on Twitter and Facebook, I decided to Google it. And voilà, now I know.



Laughter and other common actions:

1. LOLz, LOLZ, lolz, Lolz = Is the plural of LOL (Laughing Out Loud), but instead of having an “s,” people write it with a “z”. Some say its usage started in the leetspeak circles. Others say that when you write LOLz, it means you’re laughing out loud sarcastically.

2. OH = OverHeard. You’ll see tweets like “OH: Looks like it’s going to rain cats and dogs.”



Warnings and things learned:

7. CC = Carbon Copy. Although you will never physically use a “carbon copy” to be able to Tweet or write anything on the Web, this has the same usage as the “CC” on your emails: to make sure that a Twitter user sees your Tweet, used with the @ mention and their Twitter handle. 

8. ICYMI = In Case You Missed It. Usually employed when retweeting your own content from earlier or in lieu of “things you should know today” that can also be used to recap previous news.



Twitter technical slang:

14. MT = Modified Tweet. Way back before Twitter began, this meant “miss-tell” or “sorry, that post/tweet wasn’t meant for you.” Now, it is used when you are trying to retweet, but the tweet is too long and you have to edit or modify it.



Irritating word abbreves and weekly events

17. Adorbs = Adorable. Usually said after totes (see below) and spoken by valley girls. For example: “OMG! That is totes adorbs!”

18. FF = Follow Friday is a sort of shout-out to people on Twitter, originally used for people who added a lot of value to your feed as a way to recommend them for others to follow them. It has become less popular.

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