If you have been following our Twitter for Lawyers series, you have learned some basic Twitter lingo and abbreviations. Today, we will delve deeper into the more advanced side of Twitter language.
MT: This is short for “modified tweet.” Using this Twitter shorthand indicates that you made changes to the retweet. You might paraphrase the original to properly attribute the tweet while still staying in the 140-character limit. The abbreviation may also be used to indicate that you added to the original tweet.
Ex: “Trouble juggling work? #WorkLifeBalance http://www.diamondreporting.com/blog/work-life-balance-truly-attainable/ …”MT @DiamondReporting”
ICYMI: “In case you missed it” is a popular abbreviation used on Twitter by news outlets and those with a lot of followers to bring attention to an article or other published work that has been out there for a while but has become relevant again. It can also be used to point out an important news item, blog post, etc. that may not have gotten much attention.
Ex: “ICYMI, this article on @DiamondReporting helped with my #worklifebalance.”
TBH: This abbreviation for the phrase “to be honest,” is used on Twitter to convey an opposite opinion or a shocking personal admission. Another common way to use the expression is when you want to make a new point or comment about a topic that is common on Twitter.
Ex: “TBH, I needed this. RT @DiamondReporting: Trouble juggling work and holiday tasks? #WorkLifeBalance http://www.diamondreporting.com/blog/work-life-balance-truly-attainable/ …”
OH: Another abbreviation. This one for “overheard,” is used when you tweet about someone unknown or anonymous. Also, you can use “OH” to reference where or in what context the quote took place.
Ex: “OH at @DiamondReporting: “#WorkLifeBalance” #ThisIsSoMe.”
SMH: “Shaking my head” is used in a variety of ways to indicate personal sentiments about a subject. It can mean you are confused, disappointed or amused.
Ex: “I don’t think #WorkLifeBalance is truly attainable. SMH.”
TL;DR: The abbreviation for “too long; didn’t read” is used when giving a synopsis of a long post, article, etc. Remember to include a link to the source info for those who do want to read the entire thing.
Ex: “TL;DR: This article on @DiamondReporting is #helpful. #WorkLifeBalance http://www.diamondreporting.com/blog/work-life-balance-truly-attainable/ …”
This.: The simple one word and punctuation implores followers to read or click the following link. It is a call to action that usually precedes important news, popular memes or extremely funny jokes and is often paired with a retweet (RT) from another source.
Ex: “This. RT @DiamondReporting: Trouble juggling work and holiday tasks? #WorkLifeBalance http://www.diamondreporting.com/blog/work-life-balance-truly-attainable/ …”
+1: This is akin to a Facebook like. You would put “+1” at the beginning of a retweet to indicate that you agree with the sentitment expressed in the original tweet.
Ex: “+1. RT @DiamondReporting: I needed this. Trouble juggling work and holiday tasks? #WorkLifeBalance”
H/T or HT: This abbreviation stands for “hat tip” and is similar to the “+1” or Facebook like. It can also refer to finding an article on another website.
Ex: “Everyone should read this #WorkLifeBalance article on @DiamondReporting. H/T @DiamondReporting”
What other Twitter abbreviations do you use? Leave a comment and let us know.