Instagram User Slang + Abbreviations & Lingo

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Instagram had an undeniable effect on our lifestyle, marketing, education, etc. Here I wanna talk about its effect on our language. In this article, you will learn all about Instagram user slang, abbreviations and lingo!

It is necessary to learn Instagram lingo even if you have a personal account. Because at the end of the day you don’t wanna lag, do you?

To better communicating on Instagram, you should get familiar with Instagram lingo, Instagram abbreviations, and Instagram user slang.

Instagram Lingo

Over time, Instagram users generated a form of speaking that here I refer to as Instagram lingo. But have you ever felt like you are behind the community?

A comic in which a guy doesn't follow Instagram lingo

Instagram lingo can be used alone, with hashtags, in comments, etc.

AFAIK As far as I know
AMA Ask me anything
BRB Be right back
BTAIM Be that as it may
BTS Behind the scenes. Instagrammers normally dedicate a highlight story to BTS
BTW By the way
DAE Does anyone else…?
DYK Did you know…?
FBF Flashback Friday. When you wanna share an old photo
FoodPorn Photos and videos of delicious meals
FTFY Fixed that for you
FTW For the win
FYI For your information
GTG or G2G Got To Go
GG Good game
GTR Got to run
HBD Happy birthday
HIFW How I feel when…
HMB Hit me back
HMU Hit me up
HT or H/T Hat tip. Used for acknowledging, appreciating, or thanking other users.
HTH Here to help or happy to help
ICYMI In case you missed it. 
IDC I don’t care
IDK I don’t know
IG Instagram
IKR I know, right?
ILY I love you
IMHO In my humble opinion
IMO In my opinion
IRL In real life
JK Just kidding.
LMAO Laughing my a** off
LMK Let me know
LOL Laughing out loud
MFW My face when…
NBD No big deal
NM Not much
NSFW Not safe for work
NVM Nevermind
OH Used as a context for quotes
OMW On my way
OOTD Outfit of the day
OTP One true pairing
PPL People
Regram the Instagram form of asking for reshare
ROFL Rolling on the floor laughing
ROFLMAO Rolling on the floor laughing my a** off
SFW Safe for work
SMH Shaking my head. Used to express shock or disappointment
TBH To be honest
TBBH To be brutally honest
TBT Throwback Thursday. When you wanna share an old photo
TFW That feeling when… , used to transfer a feeling
TGIF Thank God it’s Friday
TIL Today I learned…
TL;DR Too long; didn’t read. 
TMI Too much information
WBU What about you?
WBW Way back Wednesday. Used when sharing an old photo
WFH Work from home
WTAF What The Actual F*ck
WTF What The F*ck (I bet you knew and used it before :D)
YOLO You only live once
B2B Business to business. Refers to businesses that provide to the needs of other businesses
B2C Business to consumer. Refers to businesses that provide products or services for customers directly
Follow4Follow This phrase is put on bio and it means I follow you just if you unfollow me. No need to say that this method is so outdated and there are better ways to increase your followers

A comic in which a guy learnt Instagram lingo, slang, & abbreviations

Instagram Abbreviations

If you are trying to educate yourself regarding Instagram, you possibly come up with lots of Instagram abbreviations. 

Here are the most important and used Instagram abbreviations;

CR Conversion Rate: It is the estimation of users who have done your desired action divided by the number who could have. For example in an Instagram ad campaign, your post is shown to 1000 users, 100 of them visited your profile, 10 of them followed you. Here the CR is 0.001.
CRO Conversion Rate Optimization: The actions you do to better conversion rate. As an example improving Instagram profile can be considered CRO because it increases the chance of converting visitors into customers.
CTA Call To Action: This Instagram abbreviation is used when you ask your followers to do a certain action. “Don’t forget to like”, “Leave a  comment”, “Click the link in bio”, “tag a friend”, etc are considered CTA. CTAs play crucial roles when it comes to Instagram giveaways!
CTR Click-Through Rate. This is one of the Instagram abbreviations that Instagram marketers lend from the digital marketing world. CTR comes in handy when Instagrammers shop wanna calculate the percentage of users who clicked the link. To calculate the CTR of your account, you should use a link in bio tool that tracks the actions of your followers on the landing page.
DM Direct Message
ER

Engagement Rate: The engagement rate is calculated differently for private and business accounts. Private account : (Likes+comments) divided by followers. Business account: (Likes+comments+saved) divided by impression.

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FOMO Fear Of Missing Out: The best example is when you define a deadline for your Instagram giveaway so if your followers don’t take certain actions, they miss out on their chance of winning the giveaway.
PM Private Message
PV Profile Visit: The number of users who visit your profiles
ROI Return On Investment: It is the amount of money you receive after investing it somewhere. Let’s imagine you pay 1000$ to an influencer to feature your Instagram shop in hers. So some of her followers join your account and put orders in value of 7000$. Your ROI is 6000$.
TOS Terms Of Service
UGC User-Generated Content: This is the content your followers create for you. Instagram challenges are categorized in UGC.

In fact, many of these Instagram abbreviations are borrowed from the digital marketing world. After all, Instagram marketing is a subcategory of digital marketing, don’t you think?

Slang For Instagram User

And finally, slang for Instagram user!

The given Instagram user slang is the terms IG users generated and established among themselves. You as an Instagram user should learn these terms. 

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Used to say “whatever,” “doesn’t matter,” “who knows” or “why not”
Cray Crazy
Crush it Used to say someone is doing so well 
Facepalm When someone does or says something that’s unbelievably stupid
Fam Family: used for a person or people you consider family
Fire Used when something is so good
I can’t even Indicates the speakers’ inability to communicate their emotion because they’re either overjoyed or frustrated.
It me when you can relate yourself to a certain quote, meme, photo, etc
On fleek  On point
Savage When someone or something is extremely harsh
Slay when something is unexpectedly good
Thirsty When someone is too eager or seems too desperate
Throwing shade The act of bullying on Instagram
YAAS saying yes enthusiastically

Now you are familiar with Instagram user slang, lingo, and abbreviations. What is your next move to grow your Instagram? 

Neda Sharifi

Neda is the Head of SEO at SocialPros. She is an IT engineer and used to be a foreign commercial manager and a language teacher. She also seeks for empowerment to create her own dwellings. Her passion is learning languages, painting, fashion, and technology. Morality, Environment, and Equality are her concern.