One of the great obstacles some feel in mastering Twitter is the feeling of having to learn a completely new language. It certainly seems silly at first to need to know when the difference between gibberish like “MT” and “RT,” yet those who don’t master these terms can come off badly in the online conversation. So here is a very quick summary of a few of the most commonly used abbreviations you should know:
: This stands for “retweet” and can be placed manually before the name of another user and a post of theirs that you have copied verbatim.
: This stands for “modified tweet” and is typically used instead of “RT” when reposting someone else’s tweet if you’ve changed their text in any way. Many use this if they need to shorten another user’s tweet to meet the 140-character limit.
: Via usually appears at the end of a tweet as a way to credit the person who directed you to that information. Another option people use is “h/t” which stands for “hat tip.”
: As with emails, “CC” stands for “carbon copy” and can be used to highlight particular users who you think should read the tweet, since it will show up in a special section of their Twitter account page reserved for mentions.
: “FF” stands for “Friday Follow” and is used when you want to promote certain users you think others should follow, something that traditionally happens on Friday.
: The hashtag symbol is used to tag pieces of content based on the subject matter or to tag something to a topic that is already trending.
For a more complete list, check out Twitter’s glossary of terms here
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