I’m often asked about terminology found on social media. Here are the 12 most commonly asked terms (as of 11-06-15):
Definition: Your crew, your team, your trusted agents aka your BFF (Best Friends Forever)
SM example: Heading to the White House w/ my squad. #SquadGoals
Definition: Ending a relationship by completely ignoring the other person on all social media platforms.
SM example: Dayum! Chastity ghosting Frank because he cheated.
3. Bye, Felicia
Definition: A term used to be dismissive of someone first popularized by the hit movie Friday (1995). Thanks for the team from MT on this info.
SM example: Hold up, you said you were going but now you are bailing? Not cool. Bye, Felicia.
(Note: There is some discussion on the possibility of this statement being perceived as degrading females)
4. On fleek
Definition: On point, looking good
SM example: @Ohio_EMA Nancy’s first selfie is on fleek!
Definition: Short hand abbreviation of crazy.
SM example: Overstaffed Friday night at NRFD – It’s about to get cray!
Definition: Before anyone else or a term of affection to another person
SM example: “he was supposed to be bae a long time ago but I got friendzoned so now we’re bffs but you know, that’s better than nothing so.” -(@sosatooturnt_ on 12-22-14 at 0405)
Definition: Fear of missing out
SM example: It’s cool, I’ll just sit here nursing my FOMO.
Definition: excited or super hyper
SM example: He dispatched the heavy rescue team?!? This crash is bout to get turnt!
9. #FF or #FridayFollow
Definition: Primarily on Twitter, this trendy hashtag is used on Fridays to recommend to others to follow.
SM example: #FF #FridayFollow @ReadyGov @PrepareAthon @FEMA @DHSGov @DisasterCTR @TEEX_NERRTC @CDPFEMA @CTOSRadNucTrng @NCBRT @SERTC_training
10. “Swipe-right or swipe-left”
Definition: An action used on the social media app Tinder for social acquaintances. The in app action of swiping on the picture to the left denotes you do not want to have interactions with the person (aka NOPE) and the action of swiping on the picture to the right denotes you have interest in the person featured (aka LIKE).
SM example: Brandy is so fake and under qualified, definitely swipe-left.
Definition: A person who only engages online discussion to create controversy.
SM example: Donald is not helping this convo at all. He’s just being a troll.
Definition: An abbreviation of the word though.
SM example: SFFD Truck-1! Dat tiller doe
A few other acronyms that still pop up:
- ICYMI: In case you missed it
- TBT: Throwback Thursdays
- MCM: Man Crush Mondays
- NBD: No big deal
- WCW: Woman Crush Wednesdays
- NSFW: Not safe for work
- AFAIK: As far as I know
- FBO: Facebook official
- IRL: In real life
- YOLO: You only live once
- SMH: Shaking my head
- LMK: Let me know
Like many social media apps, these terms will likely expire and new ones will come up.
For now, I hope this helps discern some social media terminology.