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100+ Popular Social Media Acronyms and Slang You Should Know

Madisyn MacMillan
November 10, 2023
Last Updated On
February 16, 2024
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Acronyms are an abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and often pronounced as a word itself — naturally, social media acronyms are identical, except they’re commonly used on social sites. NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and BOGO (Buy one, get one) are two wildly popular examples of acronyms and how they can become more popular than the actual saying themselves.

Texting, social media and the internet as a whole have especially popularized acronyms, making them something that users see and use almost constantly. While acronyms are commonplace in casual social media usage, it’s not always obvious what they mean or if brands should use them in their own content. 

In this article, we unpack:

  • Should brands use acronyms on social media?
  • Popular acronym examples in social media.
  • More essential social media acronyms to know.

Should Brands Use Acronyms on Social Media?

As much as we would like to provide a simple yes or no answer, it’s not that easy. Acronyms are everywhere on social media, but should you use them on your brand account? First, your team should consider if acronyms fit with your brand voice. Acronyms can sometimes lead to a more casual appearance on social media — is that how you want your brand to be perceived? 

Possibly the most important question to ask when using acronyms is, will your target market understand? It goes without saying that Gen Alpha and Gen Z are more likely to understand acronyms as they spend much more time on social media and often create the acronyms themselves. Established generations that don’t spend as much time dissecting social media might be left scratching their heads or having to Google what they mean.

If you’re unsure if your audience and community will understand the acronym or need a deeper explanation, it’s best to go without it and either use the whole saying or replace it altogether.

Popular Acronym Examples in Social Media

To give a clear understanding of what acronyms (especially on social media) are, we gathered some of the most popular examples that users are likely to be familiar with and see almost daily. 


GRWM, which stands for ‘Get Ready With Me,’ is one of the most used acronyms on social media. These videos feature the creator getting ready for their day in the form of skincare, makeup and outfits, where they usually talk through the products they’re using or wearing, give recommendations and even give followers an update on their day. 

GRWM is also a great example of how acronyms can be misunderstood as many users over the years have instead thought it stood for ‘Grown Woman’ and are only learning the real meaning behind the acronym now. 

woman in white shirt sitting in car explaining what gwrm means
Image credit: @sophiacuerquis


OOTD stands for ‘Outfit of the Day.’ These videos are extremely popular, especially with fashion creators, because they don’t require a ton of filming or editing. Most creators will just stand in front of the camera and either talk through their outfit details, put them on the screen or even list them in the caption. This type of video or post can also be used to show inspiration and incorporate trending sounds or songs. 

These videos are a straightforward way to create regular content that users love and engage with.

woman wearing white sweater and leggings fall outfit inspo
Image credit: @steffyweffy28


‘Point of View’ or POV content is a trendy type of content on TikTok. This type of content puts the viewer in the shoes of someone who would experience this point of view. These videos can be serious or funny, long or short and even promotional if done right. 

The great thing about POV content is that, unlike GRWM or OOTD, it isn’t limited to what you can create. The options are endless.

man in black tshirt pretends to win greatest actor award tiktok screenshot
Image credit: @user_ladiesman217

More Essential Social Media Acronyms To Know

While we’ve covered some of the most popular acronyms on social media above, that isn’t even close to scratching the surface. From social platform acronyms to social media slang, here are the most essential acronyms for brands to know and understand. 

Social Platform Acronyms

Some of the most popular acronyms on social media are for and related to the platforms themselves.

TT: TikTok

FYP: For you page

IG: Instagram

YT: YouTube

LI: LinkedIn

TW: Twitter

SC: Snapchat

FB: Facebook

Conversational Social Media Slang and Acronyms

These acronyms are the most widely used and understood on social media. This type of social media slang has become extremely popular because it allows users to get their point across way faster without having to use entire words or sentences. 

1437: I love you forever

@ me: Asking someone to send you a DM or even reply to your comment

A/B Testing: Comparing to versions of something to see which garners a better result

Aesthetic: The way something looks, commonly used to refer to highly-stylized or good-looking things Ex. 'This purse is so aesthetic'

AFAIK: As far as I know

AI: Artificial intelligence

AKA: Also known as

Alt text: Meta deta used to describe what's depicted in an image

AMA: Ask me anything

ASL: Age/Sex/Location

ASMR: Stands for 'autonomous sensory meridian response', and refers to the pleasant sensation viewers experience — and the content itself — made by 'ASMR' creators who replicate a variety of experiences like getting your hair done, simply whispering and many other niche ASMR experiences.

Ate: Doing well at something Ex. 'She ate that'

ATP: At this point

B4: Before

Banger: Typically referred to as a great song or thing

B/C: Because

Beige flag: Mundane or unserious turn-offs

Bet: Confirming an agreement or topic

BF Effect/BF Air: The negative impact on your looks after spending time in your boyfriends room or house

Big yikes: Disapproval, shock or embarrassment

Bio: Biography or 'about me' section on social

Bfr: Be for real

BRB: Be right back

BTS: Behind the scenes

BTW: By the way

Camp: An aesthetic that's over-the-top, eccentric or exaggerated

Caught in 4K: To be caught doing something, particuarly in high-resolution

CEO: Chief Executive Officer, on social media this typically means being the best at something Ex. 'The CEO of style'

Chat: A fun way to address a group or comment section — for example, 'chat I'm confused'

Cheugy: Out of fashion or cringe-worthy

Clap back: To respond back to criticism or insults

Clout: To carry influence or power 

Coded: Something that has a particular set of traits Ex. 'Rory Gilmore-coded'

Click-bait: Something shocking or misleading that encourages people to click something

Cringe: Something embarrassing, awkward or distasteful

Crispy R's: A particular way some people pronounce the letter 'R' that makes a specific sound.

Cross-posting: Sharing content to more than one social platform or account

CW: Content warning

CSL: Can’t stop laughing

DC: Dance credit, used to credit original TikTok choreography

Ded: Slang for the word 'dead', typically used to refer to being tired or if something is particularly funny

Deinfluencing: Explaining why you dislike a product or don't need it to encourage others from overconsumption

Delulu: Delusional

DM/PM: Direct message or private message

Dogs: Feet

Doomscrolling: Excessive social media scrolling, often despite bad content or feelings

Doxxing: To share or expose someone’s personal information and home address or location

Double tap: Liking a post by tapping twice

DYK: Did you know?

EOD: End of day

EOW: End of week

Era: A specific part of your life or a current phase Ex. 'In my tinned-fish era'

ETA: Estimated time of arrival

Extra: Over-the-top

Face card: Your face, makeup or facial pose in a photo

Fam: Close friends or family

Fax, no printer: Alternate way to agree with someone

F2F: Face to face

Fandom: Group of fans for particular person, group or franchise 

FBF: Flashback Friday

Finna: Fixing to or going to

Finsta: Fake Instagram account, silly Instagram for close friends or strangers only

Flex: To show something off

Flop era: Time in your life when you experience a decline or failure

FOMO: Fear of missing out

FR: For real

FTW: For the win

FYI: For your information

G2G/GTG: Got to go

Gate keeping: To conceal where you purchased or found something

Ghosting: To stop replying to someone on social media or text

GIF: Graphics Interchangable Format, a looping image

Girly/girlie: A term of affectionate to refer to yourself or someone else Ex. 'I'm a basketball girly'

Girl math: Social trend describing how girl's make sense of their spending habits

Goblin mode: A particularly comfortable or even grimy, indulgent appearance

Glow up/down: To enhance your appearance, or conversely, to focus less on your physical appearance

GOAT: Greatest of all time

Gucci: Good

Gr8: Great

GYAT: An attractive person, specifically, 'girl your a** is thicc'

Hard launch: Sharing a photo of or with your significant other to announce you're in a relationship, or, launching a new product, service or even look

HBD: Happy birthday

HMU: Hit me up

Hot girl summer: Coined by Megan Thee Stallion, a term to approach summer with confidence, fun and freedom

IB: Inspired by

Ick: To be grossed out or turned off by something

ICYMI: In case you missed it

IDC: I don’t care

IDK: I don’t know

IJBOL: I just burst out laughing

IKR: I know right?

ILY: I love you

Ion: Abbreviation for 'I don't know'

IMO: In my opinion

Innit: British slang for 'isn't it'

IRL: In real life

It's giving: Something is great — can be used alone, or with a word to describe what it's giving

ISO: In search of

IYKYK: If you know you know

ISO: In search of

ISTG: I swear to God

JK: Just kidding

Kill: To do a good job at something

KLM: Calm

Krissed: To be surprised by a GIF of Kris Jenner lip synching in a sparkly green dress

L: A loss/taking a loss

Lewk: Look

LMAO: Laugh/laughing my a** off

LMK: Let me know

LOL: Laugh/laughing out loud

Lowkey: Keeping a low profile or being chill and relaxed

Main character, main character energy: The star of the show, typically used as a good thing

Mid: Just okay, normal

Menty b: Mental breakdown

Moots: Mutuals

MSG: Message

Mutuals: People you follow who follow you back

NBD: No big deal

Naur: No, mimics an Australian accent

Nepo Baby: Child of nepotism, someone famous with famous parents 

NM: Not much

No bones day: Lazy day

No Cap: No lie

Not me: Disbelief, surprise (used similarly to the classic phrase, 'who, me?'

NP: No problem

NPC: Non-playable character

NSFW: Not safe for work

NVM: Nevermind

OFC: Of f&$%ing course

Okay boomer: Dismissive way to respond to someone older, particularly a baby boomer

OMG: Oh my god

OMW: On my way

OP: Original poster

Opp: Opponent

OTP: One true pair

OOO: Out of office

OOMF: One of my followers

PFP: Profile picture

PSA: Public service announcement

Pushing P: Pushing positivity

Rat girl summer: A rat-like summer including eating snacks and scurrying around

Ratio: Receiving more comments or replies than likes or RT's

Red flag: Major turn-offs or warnings

Rent free: Something you can't get off your mind or think about often

Reply guy: Someone who consistently replies or comments on your content

Rizz: Charisma, to flirt with someone

Roman empire: Something you think about often

Rotting: Laying in bed all day

PSA: Public service announcement

Respectfully: Used to preface an opposing opinion or statement

RN: Right now

ROFL: Roll on the floor laughing

RT: Retweet

Salty: Feeling negative or scornful about something

Say less: Understanding something

Send it/Sending it: To perform a dangerous or out-there stunt or action

Side eye: To express disbelief, disapproval or suspicion 

Simp: To obsess/lust over someone, often romantically

Situationship: Someone you're seeing, but not in a relationship or formally dating

Sheesh: Surprise, disbelief

Shook: Surprise, an intense reaction to something

Soft launch: Showing a sneak-peak of someone you're dating, or even a new product — typically, this is done without sharing their face, which would be considered a 'hard launch'

SFW: Safe for work

Slay: To impress or be particularly good at something, whether it’s your style, makeup or anything else you did a good job at

Sliding into DMs: Messaging or DMing someone

SMH: Shake my head

Spam: Repeated, unwanted comments or content

Stan: A fan of someone 

Sus: Suspicion

Swiftie/Swifty: A Taylor Swift fan

TBD: To be determined

TBH: To be honest

TBF: To be fair

TBT: Throwback Thursday

Tea: Gossip

TFW: That feeling when

TGIF: Thank god it’s Friday

That girl: Women who practice and prioritize style, wellness, beauty, productivity and/or other factors — a modern version of 'it girl'

TL;DR: Too long, didn’t read

TMI: Too much information

TN: Tonight

Touch grass: Telling someone to go outside, typically used for someone that's consider to be online too much

Troll: Posting harrassing, rude, ignorant or insensitive comments or posts

TTYL: Talk to you later

TW: Trigger warning, also used as an abbreviation for Twitter

Understood the assignment: Someone that executed something well

Unwell: Can be used seriously to express feeling physically or emotionally negative, can also be used sarcastically in response to overwhelming, positive news

Valid: Used to express understanding or agreement

Vibe check: To evaluate the atmosphere of a group, setting or situation

W: Win/Taking a win

WBU: What about you?

Whackadoodle time: Time to get silly or crazy

WFH: Work from home

Womp: A reply or phrase to puncuate something negative

YT: White

Acronyms on Social Media for Business

Acronyms on social are not just limited to platforms or conversational. There are plenty of times business acronyms work their way into public conversation —  especially on platforms like LinkedIn — and aren’t as intuitive or easy to understand as more casual acronyms. 

API (Application Programming Interface): API relates to a contract between two software or applications. 

B2B (Business to Business): B2B refers to a transaction between two businesses.

B2C (Business to Consumer): B2C refers to a transaction between a business and a consumer.

CMS (Content Management System): CMS is software that is used to create, modify and manage digital content. With a CMS, you can build a website without having in-depth technical knowledge. 

CPC (Cost Per Click): CPC is a metric that calculates and measures the overall cost per click for your advertising efforts.

CR (Conversion Rate): CR measures the amount of users who converted as a percentage of the total number of users that visited your website.

CTR (Click Through Rate): CTR is a metric that is used to gauge how well your various marketing efforts perform. CTR is calculated by the amount of clicks divided by the amount of times shown.

CTA (Call-to-Action): A CTA is a prompt on a website, social channel or specific post that tells a user what action to take next, like signing up for a newsletter.

CX (Customer Experience): CX relates to the impression customers have of a brand based on the interactions they have had with said brand.

EEAT (Experience, Expertise, Authority, Trust): EEAT is an acronym created by Google, that is used as a benchmark to determine whether your website and content provide value through one of these traits and ranks your content in the SERP accordingly.

EMV (Earned Media Value): EMV is a metric used to determine the value of branded content created by your community.

FTP (File Transport Protocol): FTP is a network protocol that transfers files from one host to another, usually on the Internet.

HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language): HTML is a system for tagging files to achieve different font, color, link and more on webpages. 

KPI (Key Performance Indicators): KPIs are set by brands to measure and define the success of certain business or marketing objectives.

MoM (Month over Month): MoM is a metric that is used to compare data and numbers from the current month to the previous month.

OS (Operating System): The OS manages all software and hardware on a computer. 

PLG (Product Led Growth): PLG is a strategy that relies on the product and usage of that product as the main driver of conversion and expansion. 

PPC (Pay Per Click): PPC is a pricing model for advertisers where they pay a fee each time someone clicks on their advertisement.

ROI (Return on Investment): ROI is a metric that determines the return on investment of certain marketing endeavors, directly tying effort to results.

RSS (Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication): RSS is a technology that provides users with new content from frequently updated websites.

SaaS (Software as a Service): SaaS is a distribution model where a provider hosts applications or tools and makes them available to users on the internet.

SEM (Search Engine Marketing): SEM is a marketing tactic related to promotion and advertising to help a brand’s content rank high on the SERP.

SEO (Search Engine Optimization): SEO is the process of optimizing and refining a website's technical elements, content, links and more to become more easily accessible to users and rank higher in search. SEO for social media involves optimizing your profile with the right keywords, hashtags, alt text and more; to be easy to discover on native channels and search engines themselves.

SERP (Search Engine Results Page): The SERP is the page and results that appear when a user searches a query on a search engine like Google. 

SMART Goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely): The SMART Goals framework allows brands to identify and ensure goals are realistic and attainable within a certain timeframe. 

SMB (Small and Midsize Sized Business): SMB refers to small and medium-sized businesses and is usually determined by the number of employees the company has.

SMM (Social Media Marketing/Management/Manager): SMM stands for many things relating to social media, though it is most commonly used to refer to social media marketing or management to describe strategies and objectives for social media.

SOV (Share of Voice): SOV is a metric that represents a brand’s share of a category’s total media spend and is typically used to determine competitive spend and inform future spending. 

SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats): SWOT Analysis’ are frameworks used to evaluate a brand's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats compared to competitors.

TOS (Terms of Service): TOS is a document that highlights service provider responsibility as well as user obligations that must be met in order not to be terminated.

UI (User Interface): UI is anything a user interacts with when using a digital product or service. 

UGC (User Generated Content): UGC is community-created content or earned media featuring or showcasing a brand, such as a photo or video with said brand tagged.

URL (Uniform Resource Locator): URL is the unique address given to a webpage or resource online.

UTM (Urchin Tracking Module): UTMs are parameters marketers use to track the overall effectiveness of online marketing efforts like advertisements or campaigns.

UX (User Experience): UX relates to the specific experience users have when using a product or service. 

VPN (Virtual Private Network): A VPN establishes a digital connection between a computer and a remote server that encrypts personal data, masks the IP address and allows sidestepping of firewalls and other blockers. 

WOM (Word of Mouth): WOM is when a consumer’s opinion of a brand’s product or service is reflected in conversations with other potential customers. 

YoY (Year over Year): YoY is a metric used to compare data and numbers from the current year to the previous year.

Understand Acronyms and Your Audience With Dash Hudson

ICYMI, there is one important thing to be learned about acronyms and their use on brand accounts: understanding your audience and how they speak is key. 

DYK Dash Hudson offers a suite of tools that helps brands understand and communicate with their social media community? No more FOMO here. These community-based tools can help you get a feel for what type of content your followers like, dislike and even understand, so you aren’t missing a thing. 

BTW, if you’re looking to take it a step further, brands can tune into how their target users talk outside of their community with social listening. TBH, social listening is one of the most essential tools a brand can have in its arsenal. It will help you truly understand whether acronyms should be a part of your 2024 strategy or not. 


Can my business use acronyms on social media? 

Yes, your business can use acronyms on social media. Just be sure to define any acronyms that aren’t overly obvious and that the acronyms you are using resonate with your target audience.

What does SNS stand for? 

SNS stands for social networking service, which is essentially a fancier name for a social media platform or channel. Social networking service refers to platforms like TikTok, Instagram, YouTube and more. 

How does slang make it into the dictionary? 

Social media slang makes its way into the dictionary the same way any other word does. Once a word starts gaining traction, researchers look into how often this word is being used and where it’s being used to determine whether it deserves a formal definition. 

Slang used to take longer to get into the dictionary, but with the change in pace of the internet and social media, it’s become faster (and easier) than ever before to define these terms for users who are looking to learn what they mean.

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