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Twitter Shorthand and Abbreviations!

Updated on November 22, 2017

Tweeting on Twitter can be really serious stuff! With only 140 characters at your disposal it is really important to ensure that you get the very best shorthand and abbreviations for each tweet you make! Otherwise you run the risk of becoming known as a nuisance and losing your followers. If you are tweeting on twitter for business means then you will already understand the importance of keeping your followers interested and engaged with you. If you are clever then you would have already set yourself a maximum number of tweets per day, of which 50% will probably include a link of some kind. When tweeting a link it can become difficult to get anything out there because the link takes up so many of the characters automatically! If you haven't already set yourself a limit of tweets per day then do it know in order to benefit your online business. Here you can find lots of shorthand and abbreviations to use on twitter, and perhaps you might learn a couple that you see on a daily basis, but didn't know what they meant! We will also look at how to reduce your link sizes including how to make them smaller for tweeting. If you are a fan of emoticons then you will also be pleased to see some emoticons that can be used to express the way you are feeling, without using the excessive amount of characters that we normally use. Is twitter changing the way we communicate between one another?! It certainly makes us stick to the point, stay interesting and think about what we are saying before we do it. Enjoy...

Short tweets

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Abbreviations / Short Hand  
What they mean  
Abbreviations / Short Hand   
What they mean  
BTW 
By the way 
M8 
Mate
G2G 
Got to go 
FR8 
Freight
L8
Late 
W8 
Weight / Wait
B8
Bait
BRB 
Be right back
2D4
To die for
BRT 
Be right there
A3
Anytime, Anywhere, Any place
BBL 
Be back later
BOL
Best of Luck
ASL 
Age, Sex Location?
2L8
Too late
4E 
Forever
D8
Date
ATW 
At the weekend
2
To / Too
ATM 
At the moment
F2F
Face to Face
B4
Before
GAL
Get a ife
IOU
I Owe You
LOL
Laugh out loud
W4U
Waiting for you
ROFL
Roll on the floor laughing
WTG
Way to go
CMN
Come on
CU
See you
C
See
L8R
Later
U
You
GR8
Great
BION
Believe it or not
CUS
See you soon
FOAF
Friend of a friend
2G4U
Too good for you
F4E
Friends forever
ASAP
As soon as possible
OIC
Oh I see
4WIW
For what it's worth
GG
Good game
RUOK?
Are you ok?

Emoticons can help to express the way you are feeling without the need to use words. These are Icons that express emotion - Hence the name Emoticons. You can use these on twitter to get much more out of your 140 character tweet, and it makes you all the little bit more interesting.

Emoticon 
What's it mean? 
Emoticon 
What's it mean?
:) 
Happy 
zzz 
Sleepy
:0) 
Happy 
@@ 
Eyes
:-) 
Happy 
:-& 
Tongue tied
;)
Winking
<3
Love heart
;0)
Winking
4@
Forever
;-)
Winking
>-|
Angry
:D
Super Happy
:-()
Talking
8-)
Happy
OTP
On the phone
:p
Tongue Out
((H))
Hugs
;P
Wink and tongue out
XXX
Kisses
:0|
Stern face
XXX
Sex
:-Z
Angry face
<("(00)")> 
Piggy 
:'-(
Crying
0:-) 
Angel 
:'O(
Crying
:-)8  
Happy with Bow tie 
:-(
Sad
|-0 
Yawning 
:0(
Sad
:0)) 
Double happy 
:(
Sad
 
 
@>--;--
Rose
 
 

URL Shortners - With just 140 characters you do not want to be wasting them all on URL's! Use these free url link shorteners to make for smaller links and more explanation! Really good free tweeting tools..

Website
Reasons for using
 
Dot.tk 
Allows you to shorten links  
 
Is.gd 
Shortest links around 
 
shtn.co 
Shorten links quickly 
 
Tinyurl.cc
Small urls made easy
 

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      amanda 

      7 years ago

      Please let me know how to shorten the word Please. How do @ and # really work and best way to use them. I'm Amanda and I'm 13 and I raise money $160,000 to fix kids' hearts. www.lemonade4heart.org - I think this works L4H

      TY :)

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      dkmayo 

      8 years ago

      Great Hub. It is very useful, especially when one is limited to 140 characters.

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