20 Most used abbreviations in social media and their meaning

Most Abbreviations Social Media
Most Abbreviations Social Media

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

For this reason, the written language has been significantly modified, and users make important use of abbreviations or acronyms on a daily basis in their communications.

Thus, the use of abbreviations has spread 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 be derived 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 on social media.

1. +1


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

To emphasize your recommendation, it is customary to add more zeros, for example, + 10 … In the social media Google+, this abbreviation is used to indicate that the shared content is liked by the user.


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

3. BTW

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

4. CC

CC is the abbreviation that derives from Carbon Copy and translates as “with copy to”. It is customary to make use of this abbreviation in those networks in which the main recipient, to whom an information or message is sent, can be distinguished from the secondary ones, as in Twitter.

5. DM

DM direct message

DM is short for Direct Message, which translates as “direct message,” and is commonly used on Twitter.

DMs or direct messages are those that can only be read by the recipient, so information can be shared, clarified or discussed 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.



LMAO or Laughing My Ass Off, translated as ʽI break my ass out of laughter. This is an informal abbreviation and derives as an exaggerated version of the popular LOL.

8. BFF

BFF means Best Friends Forever, and it translates as ʽBest Friends Foreverʼ, and whose abbreviation some people use to use in Spanish as MAPS, due to its translation.

9. BRB

BRB or Be Right Back , in Spanish ʽahora I’m back or ʽya I’m backʼ, it is customary to use in the chats of networks such as WhatsApp or Facebook, in this way, others are notified of your absence at a certain time.

10. LOL


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

11. OMG


OMG u Oh My God! translates to “oh my God!” This abbreviation seeks to reflect an expression of astonishment or surprise. It is widely used among users who operate in the English language.

12. TBT

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

13. XD

This abbreviation is not derived 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 ʽyou only live onceʼ. 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 meeting of the students will be published by the FB group so that they can be seen by those who did not attend the meeting.”

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

18. FTF

Face To Face, that is to say ʽface to faceʼ. 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 won’t be able to join you in the game tonight … Lie J / K ;-)”

20. FBF

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