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The Ultimate Guide To Social Media Terms

Checking social media accounts is a way of life for most people today. They share photos, videos, and links, and more in order to stay up-to-date with what’s going on in the world. However, for parents it can definitely be hard to keep up with all of the new social media terms, dangers, and acronyms. New platforms are created every year with their own ways to share social media posts and features. Below, we’ve listed general and platform-specific social media terms all users should be aware of. 

Social Media Dangers and Risks

    • Catfishing: When someone pretends to be another online to falsely establish a relationship with another. 
    • Cyberbullying: When a person intentionally causes emotional harm to others on electronic devices, social media, and other online sites. 
    • Doxxing: When someone obtains and shares a person’s information online with malicious intent such as for identity theft. 
    • Fake Profile: An online profile that does not portray the owner of the account. They often impersonate another person or represent fake people.
    • FOMO: The fear of missing out (FOMO) refers to someone feeling left out while others enjoy experiences and live their best lives.
    • Friend Request Scam: When someone clones your account or a friend’s account, and pretends to be the real person. They will send out friend requests to those on the cloned account’s friend list. 
    • Grooming: The process of someone (typically an online predator) friending and gaining the trust of a child online so they can eventually manipulate them for sexual purposes. 
    • Identity Theft: A person assumes the identity of another for personal gain.
    • Inappropriate Content: Content posted online that contains explicit, mature, and violent material not suited for viewing at work or by children.
    • Online Predators: These are people looking to target and exploit young children with criminal intent.
    • Phishing: When someone fraudulently disguises themselves as a trusted entity in order to obtain someone’s personal information and online account login credentials.
    • Ransomware: Malware that holds someone’s data for ransom by threatening to release it or block access to it until the ransom amount is paid. 
    • Sexting: When someone sends and receives sexual messages through their phone, computer, social media accounts, and more. 
    • Social Media Addiction: The need to constantly browse and use social media to the point it negatively affects a person’s mental, physical, and behavioral health. 
    • Social Media Challenges: Challenges that urge social media users to participate. Not all challenges are dangerous, but some can be, such as the Tide Pod Challenge, Salt and Ice Challenge, and Skull Breaker Challenge. 
    • Spam: Unsolicited commercial communications sent online through email, social media, and messages. 
    • Spoofing: When a caller falsifies their caller ID information to trick the call recipient and hide their true identity. 
    • Spyware: A type of malware that can be used to obtain someone’s computer, tablet, or cell phone data and information. Emails, photos, videos, texts, social media messages, and more can be obtained. 
    • Trolling: An online user who purposely wants to get people upset online and elicit responses by posting rude and inflammatory content. 

 

Social Media Acronyms

    • AF: As F***
    • ASMR: Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response
    • AMA: Ask Me Anything
    • BRB: Be Right Back
    • BTW: By The Way
    • DM: Direct Message
    • DYK: Do You Know
    • FB: Facebook
    • FBF (#FBF): Flashback Friday or #FlashbackFriday
    • GOAT: Greatest Of All Time
    • HMU: Hit Me Up
    • ICYMI: In Case You Missed It
    • IDC: I Don’t Care
    • IDK: I Don’t Know
    • IG: Instagram
    • ILY: I Love You
    • IMO/IMHO: In My Opinion / In My Honest Opinion
    • IRL: In Real Life
    • JK: Just Kidding
    • LI: LinkedIn
    • LMK: Let Me Know
    • LMAO: Laugh My A** Off
    • LOL: Laugh Out Loud
    • NSFW: Not Safe For Work
    • OC: Original Content
    • OG: Original Gangster
    • OP: Original Poster
    • PM: Private Message
    • SO: Significant Other
    • TBH: To Be Honest
    • TBT: Throwback Thursday
    • TGIF: Thank God It’s Friday
    • TL;DR: Too Long, Didn’t Real
    • TMI: Too Much Information
    • RT: Retweet
    • TW: Twitter
    • WFH: Work From Home
    • YOLO: You Only Live One
    • YT: YouTube

 

Facebook

    • Comment: A user replies to someone’s Facebook post. 
    • Event: An upcoming event created by a user. Typically hosted on the user’s Facebook group or page.
    • Facebook Live: A user can live stream an event, Q&A, performance, and more directly from their Facebook account. 
    • Friend: Someone who you have added to your Facebook network and have allowed to view your posts. 
    • Friends’ List: A list of all of the users you have approved to be your friends.
    • Like: A thumbs up button that’s available on every post that allows users to show they enjoy your post without commenting. 
    • Marketplace: A Facebook feature where users can sell items including furniture, cars, and even post apartment rentals. 
    • Messenger: A messaging app that users can use to chat with others on the platform. 
    • Messenger Kids: A kid-friendly messaging app children can use outside of Facebook. 
    • News Feed: Where people can view stories and posts from their Facebook friends and pages they follow. 
    • Page: A public profile used by businesses, celebrities, brands, causes, and more to promote themselves. 
    • Private Group: A Facebook group created by a user that is only viewable and accessible by its members. 
    • Public Group: A Facebook group created by a user that can be viewable, searchable, and accessible by anyone on the platform. 
    • Share: When a user enjoys a post and shares it on their own profile to their friends. 
    • Status Update: Commonly known as a post, any user can share text, links, videos, photos, GIFs, and more. The user can decide who is able to see the post.  
    • Timeline: Is a user’s profile where you can view their posts, videos, photos, and learn more about them. 
    • Watch: A feature that allows users to view shows, live posts, and video clips. 

 

Instagram

    • Activity: Represented by ♡ icon, it is where you can see who has liked, tagged you, commented, and responded to your Instagram posts and stories. 
    • Caption: The text/message that a user writes under their post. 
    • Direct Message: The messaging feature where users can communicate with other users. 
    • Double Tap: Double tap the ♡ icon on a post to like it. 
    • Feed: Where you can view posts from users and posts tagged with hashtags you follow. Instagram places the posts they think you will like the most at the top of your feed. 
    • Gallery: A posting feature which enables users to post multiple photos and/or videos at once. 
    • Geotags: Enables users to tag their post with a location. 
    • Handle: A unique @username that is specific to each user. 
    • Highlights: Allow users to feature one and/or a group of stories together that are permanently viewable on their profile. 
    • IGTV: A video application connected to and created by Instagram that allows users to post videos longer than 1 minute. 
    • Instagram Live: A feature on Instagram Stories that enables users to create live, real-time videos, and interact and engage with their followers. 
    • Saved Posts: Posts that users have saved to view at another time. 
    • Regram: When someone reposts another user’s content, and credits them by tagging them or including a watermark on the image or video.
    • Stories: A feature that allows users to share moments going on in their day instantly that do not permanently stay on a user’s profile. Video, photos, polls, questions, GIFS, clickable buttons, and more can be shared. Stories are only viewable for 24 hours. 
    • Tag: A user can mention/attribute a specific user using their handle in post photos and captions. 

 

Snapchat:

    • Bitmoji: A cartoon/animated version of oneself that can be used on a Snapchat account to create Bitmoji stickers and animated Bitmoji snaps.
    • Chat: The instant messaging feature that is available to all users and allows them to communicate with one another. 
    • Discover: A place where content from news outlets, influencers, your subscriptions, and other publishers can be viewed. 
    • Filters: Static images that can be used on top of snap images and videos. 
    • Friends: Other users who you are connected with on the platform.
    • Geofilters: Filters that can only be used on snaps when a user is at a specific location such as a landmark. 
    • Lens: Augmented reality and/or 3D effects that can be used to transform objects, people, and more when creating a snap. 
    • Live Stories: A compilation of videos and photos that have occurred at a specific location or event. It is up to Snapchat whether to publish the live story.
    • My Story: Multiple snaps a user puts together that are allowed to be up for 24 hours after being published. 
    • Our Story: When a user compiles multiple snaps from various users that are of a specific event, location, or topic. 
    • Snap: A video or photo a user creates that can be sent to one or multiple friends. They only last 10 seconds and are viewable until 24 hours after being published. 
    • Snapcode: An image that allows a user to do specific actions on Snapchat. This may include visiting a specific user’s profile or using a specific lens. 
    • Snap Map: Share with your friends on an in-app map where you are located. 
    • Snap Streak: When two users send snaps via direct message back and forth for several consecutive days. 

 

TikTok

    • Beauty: A feature that can be applied to videos to naturally enhance a user’s appearance.
    • Challenges: User-generated or branded challenges that ask users to answer questions or to complete a specific task. For example, the #DistanceDance created by Charli D’Amelio.
    • Discover: Where users can search and explore trending hashtags, sounds, music, and videos posted by other users. 
    • Duet: A feature that allows users to place another TikTok video besides their own for publishing. 
    • Effects: Visual effects that can be applied to any video. Effects are categorized as interactive, beauty, animal, world, and more. 
    • Following Feed: View recent TikToks published by those that you follow. 
    • For You Feed: View TikToks that the platform recommends you watch based on who you follow and what videos you’ve liked in the past. 
    • Inbox: Where you can see who has liked and commented on your videos. You can also access your direct messages. 
    • React: Allows users to share their reactions to other videos. 
    • Share: Users can share a video with specific users and on other social platforms. Users can also access the Duet, Stitch, and Reach features from there. 
    • Sounds: Music and sound clips that can be used on videos posted.
    • Templates: A posting feature that automatically applies the chosen photo template to your selected images. 
    • Timer: A video recording feature which allows a user to record themselves hands-free by setting a countdown timer and a specific recording time limit. 
    • Views: The amount of times your video has been seen by others. 

 

Twitter

    • Bookmarks: This feature allows users to save tweets they like and/or want to view at a later time. This feature is only available on the Twitter mobile app. 
    • Messages: Where Twitter users can send messages to other users. 
    • Follow: When a user subscribes to view another person’s tweeted content. 
    • Followers: The users who you are allowing to see your content. 
    • Hashtag: Is a way to tag tweets posted with a related category or topic. Example: #onlinesafety.
    • Handle: Is the unique @username associated with a specific user. 
    • List: A feature that allows users to create public or private lists containing tweets posted by specific users. 
    • Mention: When someone uses your @username in a tweet, retweet, or reply to tag you. 
    • Reply: When someone responds to/comments on a tweet.
    • Re-Tweet: When a user shares a tweet they like with their followers, which can include a comment. 
    • Thread: A series of tweets connected to one another by replying to the previous tweet. This provides added content and updates related to the previous or original tweet. 
    • Timeline: A user’s Twitter homepage where they see tweets posted from accounts they follow. 
    • Trends: A section on Twitter that details popular topics, words, and hashtags on the platform. Users can manage to see trending content that is specific to where they are located.
    • Tweet: When a user posts text, photos, videos, GIFs, or a poll on Twitter that their followers can see.

 

YouTube:

    • Channel: Where you can view videos, links, and information published by a specific user. 
    • Comments: Replies and reactions to a public video posted on the platform. They are always allowed unless the specific user has enabled comment restrictions.
    • Community: A feature which allows channel creators to interact with their audience and subscribers outside of their videos. They can post GIFs, photos, and more. 
    • Creator: YouTube channels who are constantly posting new content on the platform, engage with the audience in meaningful ways, and are present in their viewers’ lives. 
    • Library: Where a user can view their playlists, videos published, videos saved to watch later, and video likes. 
    • Playlists: Where a user can view video playlists they’ve created.
    • Recommended: A section on a user’s YouTube homepage where they display videos you should watch.
    • Thumbnail: A custom image or GIF that is displayed prior to someone clicking on and watching YouTube videos. 
    • Thumbs-Down: How a user can dislike a video they don’t enjoy. 
    • Thumbs-Up: How a user can like a video that they enjoy.
    • Trending: A page that displays trending videos that can be sorted by categories like music, movies, beauty, news, gaming, and more. 
    • Subscriptions: These are the channels a user subscribes to, whose videos they want to view and stay updated on.  
    • Vlog: A video type where a YouTube user shares their thoughts, ideas, and experiences with viewers. 
    • Watch Later: Videos saved by a user that they want to watch at a later time.
    • YouTube Kids: A platform created by YouTube that only consists of kid-friendly content. 
    • YouTube Premium: A paid subscription streaming service where users can watch videos and listen to music ad-free. 
    • YouTube Studio: Is the central hub for all YouTube video publishers. It enables users to see video analytics, edit videos, and manage their channel.