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# hashtag used in Twitter®
@ referencing a person in Twitter®; the "at" symbol in an email address
AFAIK as far as I know
blog weblog; an online journal
BSP blatant self promotion
BTW by the way
decloaking revealing your presence to the other members of a newsgroup, chat session, etc. -- the opposite of lurking
emoticons sometimes called smilies; created by using the characters on a keyboard and used to express emotion when talking by typing; best viewed by tilting your head to the left
8-) a smiling person with glasses
(:-) a smiling bald person
:-o Wow!
&:-) a smiling person with curly hair
;-) wink
*<:-) Santa Claus
:-{) smiling man with moustache
:-( sad
FAQ frequently asked question
flame attack another poster on a newsgroup, usually shooting her down in "flames"
FWIW for what it's worth
Good Times a now notorious email scam that still catches newbies
IIRC if I recall correctly
IMHO in my humble opinion
IMNSHO in my not so humble opinion
IMO in my opinion
IPN I'm posting naked
ITA I totally agree
JTYMLTK just thought you might like to know
killfile to delete / filter, usually automatically, anticipated unwelcome email from a poster, usually on a newsgroup; "I'm going to killfile him"
KISA knight in shining armour
LOL laughing out loud
lurking reading a newsgroup, sitting in on a chat session, and the like, without revealing your presence
newbies those new to the internet
OH overheard (used in Twitter®)
retweet in Twitter® a tweet by another user, forwarded by you
RFC request for comment
RTM read the manual (often, RTFM)
ROTF rolling on the floor
ROTFLOL rolling on the floor laughing out loud
RSS rich site summary; an XML format which allows appropriately tagged material (sometimes called distributed content) from one web site to be linked to (published) by other web sites; often used for news feeds.
sig signature -- often as sig file, referring to a small file that loads automatically on each piece of email sent
smilies emoticons
SO significant other
spam posting the same message, usually an advertisement, to a number of unrelated newsgroups; unsolicited commercial email -- possibly from the Monty Python routine
TAN tangent
TBT talking by typing
TIA thanks in advance
TIIC the idiots in charge
TPTB the powers that be
trolls those posting provocative statements on newsgroups in an effort to cause controversy or begin a flame war; "don't feed the trolls"
TTFN ta ta for now (what Tigger says in Winnie the Pooh)
Twitter® a short messaging service (sms), limited to 140 characters
WiFi wireless fidelity; wireless local area networks based on IEEE standards (802.11...)
wiki online system or model which allows information to be added and edited collectively and collaboratively; from "wiki wiki" which means quickly or rapidly
WYSIWYG what you see is what you get
VoIP voice over internet protocol
YMMV your mileage may vary; your take on this subject may differ from mine

Some people have adapted html tagging patterns, enclosing text between them: <rant>I really hate hotdogs; they are the most ridiculous thing known to man.</rant> as in, "rant on" I'm ranting, and I know it "rant off" or <g> grin, take this as a joke.

Many groups develop their own special sets of abbreviations and acronyms. RATS (the denizens of, for example, have many that are specific to their uses. My favourite: A&DwSOM -- Armed and Dangerous with Soap Opera Magazine.

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