Twitter Shorthand

Since Tweets are limited to 140 characters, a shorthand language has evolved for Twitter.  These are some of the common abbreviations you may see in Tweets.

RT: Retweet

RT (or R/T) is used to denote that a Tweet has been retweeted. It may be at the start of a Tweet, or it may come later if someone has added their own text to the start of the Tweet:

RT means a Tweet has been retweeted
RT means a Tweet has been retweeted

 

MT: Modified Tweet

Similar to RTMT indicates that a Tweet has been retweeted. However, it also denotes that the original Tweet was modified – usually to save characters to add thoughts or opinions.  Some meaning may have been lost in the editing so it is worth checking what the original Tweet said.

MT means a Tweet has been retweeted and modified
MT means a Tweet has been retweeted and modified

HT or H/T: Hat Tip

When you want to acknowledge someone for providing inspiration for a Tweet, or crediting them in your Tweet, use HT followed by their @username. This means that you don’t take the credit for something that you didn’t do.

HT lets you acknowledge someone who gave you an idea
HT lets you acknowledge someone who gave you an idea

Via

Via may sometimes be used instead or RT or HT to show the original source of a Tweet or idea.