Social media can be an overwhelming place, especially when you feel like you don't speak the language.
You’re scrolling through your social channels and you see a bunch of random letters tacked together — TIL, FWIW, IMHO — it can be hard to even know where to start.
So in this episode we cover a list of social media acronyms you should know. This list is neither meant to be exhaustive nor fully up-to-date (since internet language is constantly evolving!).
But in the meantime, you should probably know all of these acronyms if you want to keep up with your customers and your audience.
Any we missed? Tweet them at us using #StepUpYourSocial. In the meantime, HTH (Hope This Helps!).
NOTE: This list was modified from a previous blog post I wrote which you can find here.
Full Episode Transcript
Social media can feel like an overwhelming place, especially if you feel like you don’t speak the language. You’re scrolling through your social channels and you see a bunch of random letters tacked together — TIL, FWIW, IMHO — it can be hard to even know where to start.
So I put together a list of social media acronyms you should know. This list is modified from a blog post I wrote a while back which you can find at bit.ly/suys-acronyms. This list is neither meant to be exhaustive nor fully up-to-date (since internet language is constantly evolving!). But in the meantime, you should probably know all of these acronyms if you want to keep up with your customers and your audience.
If you come across any others you aren’t sure about, Google can almost always provide an answer pretty quickly. But if you find yourself stumped, feel free to reach out on Twitter, Facebook (I’m at Reverbal Communications) or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll see if I can’t offer an assist.
Without further ado, here are some social media acronyms that you should know:
TFW you open a book and find the author’s signature in it.” In other words, it’s a nice feeling that everyone knows and you are currently enjoying. Lean into it!
Any that I missed? Share them on Facebook or Twitter using the #StepUpYourSocial. In the meantime, HTH (Hope This Helps)!
That's right! I've started a podcast.
It's called Step Up Your Social and it's intended to provide quick, actionable tips to help you master your social media. I plan on making these all "flash episodes," around 10 minutes long or less.
That way you can hop in, learn something quick and get right back to work!
Have a topic you want to hear me cover? Drop it in the comments, tweet it at me, or use the hashtag #StepUpYourSocial.
In the inaugural episode, I discuss the difference between crossposting your comments and autoposting them.
One of those is good, the other is very, very bad.
Give a listen. And then get right back to telling your story!
My LinkedIn URL is linkedin.com/in/joshklemons. It’s simple enough to put on my business card or website, or even to just tell to people in conversation. (If only the spelling of my last name wasn’t so darn tricky!)
But if you are like a lot of people on LinkedIn, you haven’t customized your LinkedIn URL. So instead of reading www.linkedin.com/in/[your name], it looks something like this: www.linkedin.com/in/[first name]-[last name]-[random series of numbers and letters].
Good news: Customizing your LinkedIn URL to get rid of the gobbeldygook at the end is VERY easy and will only take a moment.
Start by logging in to LinkedIn. Directly under your name and title, click the link that says “Improve your profile.”
Underneath your topline bio, you will see your current LinkedIn URL:
Hover over the URL and a gear will emerge:
You will then be taken to your “Public Profile” page. (Learn more about your public profile.) In the right column, you will see “your public profile URL.”
Click the pencil and edit your URL. LinkedIn is for professionals, I’d recommend using your real name, first and last. But you can use anything you want so long as it isn’t already in use (sorry to all John Smiths, Mary Jones and anyone else with a popular name!). Well almost anything. Your public URL must contain 5-30 letters or numbers and no use spaces, symbols or special characters.
Hit "Save" and you're done. As easy as promised, right?
If you found this helpful, connect with me on LinkedIn for more great social media advice.
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