Remember the days of AOL instant message, or simply AIM. The online shorthand lingo was practically another language of its own. Sometimes I couldn't keep up with the lingo. However, I do remember using terms like "LOL" (laugh out loud), "GTG" (got to go), and "TTYL" (talk to you later).
Then once cell phones became popular, the AIM lingo translated over to text messages as to not go over allotted amount of characters. Things like "IDK" (I don't know) and "OMG" (oh my god) were often used in text messages... and admittedly still are!
But now there is a whole new way to communicate through shorthand: Twitter.
With only 140 characters allowed in each tweet, shorthand lingo is a must. Twitter itself is fairly new and has recently grown in popularity. It's also given Americans new words to learn. Terms like hashtag, tweet, retweet are just scratching the surface.
In the world of Twitter, it's all about the lingo. Here is a guide to Twitter shorthand terms from Mashable.com:
And of course there is #TBT for Throwback Thursdays!
Enjoy the day!