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The 20 Most Used Abbreviations in Social Networks and Their Meaning

Abbreviations are shortened words or acronyms of expressions that are used to use due to the speed with which we communicate today through social networks.

Therefore, written language has been significantly modified, and users make significant use of abbreviations or acronyms daily in their communications.

Thus, the use of abbreviations has been extended in the various social networks, especially those that are most used such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, among others.

In general, these abbreviations or acronyms may derive from English words or phrases that, due to their widespread use, have been incorporated into other languages, such as ours.

Below are the most commonly used abbreviations in social networks.

1. +1

This abbreviation seeks to express explicitly that a shared information is recommended, generally, through Twitter.

To make more emphasis on your recommendation, it is customary to add more zeros, for example, + 10 … In the Google+ social network, this abbreviation is used to indicate that the shared content is to the user’s liking.

2. ASAP

ASAP is an acronym that derives from the English phrase As Soon As Possible, translated as “as soon as possible.” It is customary to use written communications, generally, in the corporate area in order to request a quick response from the sender, which adds a certain priority.

3. BTW

BTW or By The Way, is an abbreviation used in chats, especially when it has been forgotten during the conversation to mention or clarify some important information.

4. CC

CC is the abbreviation that derives from Carbon Copy and is translated as ʽwith copy aʼ. It is customary to make use of this abbreviation in those networks in which the main recipient can be distinguished, to whom information or message is sent, from the secondary ones, such as on Twitter.

5. DM

DM is the abbreviation for Direct Message, which translates as “direct message”, and is used to use on Twitter.

The DM or direct messages are those that can only be read by the recipient, so you can share information, clarify or discuss any matter in private and far from the opinion of third parties.

6. GTG

GTG corresponds to Go To Go or “I have to go”, it is customary to use in chats. It is a way to end a conversation quickly and without giving many details of why you have to withdraw.

7. LMAO

LMAO or Laughing My Ass Off , translated as “I give birth to the ass of laughter”. This is an informal abbreviation and derives as an exaggerated version of the popular LOL.

8. BFF

BFF stands for Best Friends Forever , and it translates as “Best Friends Forever”, and whose abbreviation there are those who are accustomed to using in Spanish as MAPS, due to its translation.

9. BRB

BRB or Be Right Back , in Spanish “I’ll be right back” or “I’ll be back”, it is customary to use in network chats such as WhatsApp or Facebook, in this way the others are notified of your absence at a given time.

10. LOL

LOL or Laughing Out Loud , can be translated as “laughing out loud”. It is widely used in almost all social networks, but in informal contexts. However, its use has declined a bit with the use of emoticons that manage to express these types of emotions more graphically.

11. OMG

OMG or Oh My God! It translates as ʽoh my God!ʼ. This abbreviation seeks to reflect an expression of amazement or surprise. It is widely used among users who work in the English language.

12. TBT

TBT or Throwback Thursday, translated as “back to the back of time” or “return to last Thursday”, is used only on Thursday when users of networks such as Instagram or Facebook share images or videos of past moments using the hashtag #TBT.

13. XD

This abbreviation does not derive from a word or phrase, rather it is a graphic expression that indicates happiness and a lot of laughter. It is used in a large number of social networks and in informal situations.

14. YOLO

YOLO or You Only Live Once , which translates as “you only live once”. This is a common abbreviation among users who are fluent in the English language, and it is used to justify those actions that are carried out for fun and without measuring the risks involved.

15. FB

This abbreviation corresponds to Facebook, one of the social networks with the greatest reach and number of users. For example, “The photos of the students’ meeting will be published by the FB group so that those who did not attend the meeting can see them.”

16. EM

It is used to refer to email or email. For example, “Don’t forget to send me an EM with the monthly work report.”

17. HT

It refers to hashtag, which is widely used in various social networks such as Instagram or Facebook. For example, “# dinner # friends # Friday”.

18. FTF

Face To Face, that is, face to face. It is used when it is suggested to carry out a conversation in person and not at a distance. For example, “We should meet FTF tomorrow afternoon.”

19. J / K

It derives from the expression Just Kidding, which translates as “it’s a joke”. For example, “I can’t accompany you in the game tonight … Lie J / K ;-)”

20. FBF

Flash Back Friday, is used in networks to tag and share images or videos from the past, but on Friday as follows: #FBF.