On Twitter you have only 140 characters to express your thoughts: every single one counts. This is a collection of slang and abbreviations used on the social media to help you get familiar with or simply refresh your memory. Few tips for navigated Twitter users as well.



“At” or “mention”, is used to identify a user and it is a link to that user’s profile.

TIP : Don’t use @ before a place. Something like “I’m @ home” doesn’t really work on Twitter.



When you type something before a @username, that tweet is shared to all your followers. When you start a tweet with @username, it is hidden, unless a users is following both you AND the @username. Sounds complicated enough?

Twitter mention example



The mighty hashtag. Probably the most important single character on Twitter. With the hashtag you can define for example: the topic of discussion, an event, a place… whatever it might be, the hashtag is a link to a collection of tweets with the same hashtag.

TIP : Make sure you know the right hashtag. Often there is more than one hashtag going on in an event, but the most used or official one is only one. If you are organising the event or leading the discussion, make sure to give the hashtag yourself and insert it in every slide.


★ Favorite

A favorite has at least three different meanings:

  1. Your Tweet was good but not so good that I would ReTweet it;
  2. Ok, end of discussion
  3. I agree with you but my followers are not part of this conversation and wouldn’t understand if I RT it

 A favorite is RT greatest enemy.


ReTweet (RT)

ReTweet means resharing another persons’ tweet. It’s how tweets spread and the users increase their visibility. It basically resembles a share on Facebook but gives even more credit to the source.

Retweets examples


If you use the abbreviated version “RT”, make sure you have something relevant to say beforehand. Don’t just “RT”, add value!

TIP : ReTweet if it’s relevant to you or your brand. Do not RT only “because I’ve been mentioned”.



Modified Tweet, or Modified ReTweet. You use MT when you want to RT someone and add a comment to the tweet, but don’t have characters left. What you do is that you modify the original tweet, usually by deleting unimportant parts.



Via gives credit to the source of the content. Who wrote the blog, who said the quote, who shared the content first. If you know the @username even better.



Hat Tip or Heard Through. It’s very similar to “via” but you use it mostly when you are not 100% sure that @username was the actual source.

Some say it is exactly like "via”. But I beg to differ.



Translated Tweet. You see a good tweet in a language other than the one (you think) your followers speak, and so you translate for them the tweet. It’s basically a RT in different language than the original.



Follow Friday. On Fridays you can suggest other users a @username of someone that you follow and they should follow too. And why.


  TIP: In Finland you can use #FFfi. And remember to thank for all #FFs!

Follow Friday Twitter



Direct Messages. They are private conversations among Twitter users. Companies use DM when they want to get in contact personally with customers, for example if there is a problem or if the user has won something.


You can send DM to your followers, but your followers cannot send you a DM if you don’t follow them back.

DM replies private



Carbon Copy. Exactly as with emails, you add it at the end to make sure a Twitter user sees your content



The caret. You can also see it as / or - and it is used mostly by companies which have a Twitter account managed by more than one employee to sign the Tweet, so the users know who are they talking to.



The dollar sign. Not used much in Finland as in the USA. It’s an easy way to shorten stock market codes and therefore recognise the company. E.g. $MSFT for Microsoft.


Other abbreviations

The following abbreviations are used not only on Twitter but overall in chats. However, they are not as famous as LOL, FML, ROFL, SMH so I thought you might want to know their meaning if you happen to see it in a tweet.


Correction. You tweet something and later see there was a mistake. You dot have to delete the tweet, you can simply “CX" for the update.



As Far As I Know. Twitter is a public platform, and get roasted for a wrong comment is pretty easy. You can save yourself but writing an AFAIK beforehand.



Today I Learned…and what you’ve learned that you didn’t know before.



In My Opinion. You can use it when expressing a comment, if you don't want to be too direct.

You might also see the variant IMHO: In My Humble Opinion.


With. Who are you with.



Not Safe For Work. Twitter doesn’t censure content. If you post something too explicit, make sure to warn your followers: they might be in a tram full of people looking right at their iPads.

Ready to send some tweets now?