Social Media Speak

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Do you keep googling words like AAMOF, IDK and MEGO when they appear in a text message or social media? Is this wacky internet lingo like a foreign language to you? In social media, acronyms are both common and useful. Their primary purpose is to save time and space.

Before you get too frustrated, here’s a list which will help you to become better
acquainted with the lingo. Keep in mind that there are scores of other acronyms out there and this is just a small sample.

4YEO – For Your Eyes Only
AAMOF – As A Matter Of Fact
AFAIK – As Far As I Know
ALF – Always Listen First
B2B – Business To Business
B2C – Business To Consumer
BFF – Best Friend Forever
BTW – By The Way
EOD – End of Discussion
FWIW – For What It’s Worth
HTH – Hope This Helps
IDC – I Don’t Care
ICYMI – In Case You Missed It
IDEA – Identify, Design, Execute, Augment
IDK – I Don’t Know
IMO – In My Opinion
IRL – In Real Life
LBNL – Last But Not Least
LOL – Laugh Out Loud
LET – Leaving Early Today
LMK – Let Me Know
KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid
MEGO – My Eyes Glazed Over
MILE – Maximum Impact, Little Effort
NVM – Never Mind
OMG – Oh My God
RTQ2 – Read The Question Twice
ROTFL – Rolling On The Floor Laughing
SMH – Shaking My Head
SOHF – Sense Of Humor Failure
SUMO – Shut Up Move On
STS – Smirk To Self
TIA – Thanks In Advance
VM – Voicemail
WIIFM – What’s In It For Me?
WYSIWYG – What You See Is What You Get

Businesses should use acronyms sparingly as the excessive use of acronyms, like jargon, can confuse and alienate customers. If your business operates in an environment with many acronyms in regular use – such as information technology – you should always attempt to explain what the acronyms stand for before using them. Remember, while you may often be ROTFL with your BFF, most acronyms used in text messaging and social media are rarely, if ever, appropriate for business or professional writing.

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