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SMS Spoofing: What is It and How to Be Secured?

SMS Spoofing

Assuming a false identity for malicious acts such as collecting someone else’s personal information is not a new thing by any means. With the ever-changing landscape of technology, new techniques emerge continuously that make such attacks viable as well as more potent. One of the most popular communication channels is SMS spoofing.

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It lends texting an air of certain casualness and clearness, which makes it a convenient channel to communicate over. However, those qualities also create vulnerabilities which come by way of spoofed SMS.

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What is SMS Spoofing?

SMS spoofing is a technique/activity in which people replace or alter the originating mobile number (Sender ID) of a text message [sent via SMS] to an alphanumeric text of their choice. To put it into simple terms, the Sender ID of an SMS message is reset to change who the sender appears to be.

Spoofing an SMS message completely changes vital information like sender name, phone number or even both simultaneously. If you want to learn more about the technical side of how spoofing is carried out, here are couple of good resources for further reading.

In terms of legality, there is a huge grey area for whether or not this practice is legal. Because while SMS spoofing sounds malicious in concept, there are a lot of legitimate reasons why text messages can be spoofed. Consequently, spoofing has a varying degree of legality globally.

For example, a company altering its Sender ID from a random phone number to their company name would be a legitimate use of SMS spoofing. This is done so customers are alerted of the identity of the sender. Similarly, spoofing can be used for corporate branding messages and hiding the originating phone number—that can otherwise be an internal or private number—by replacing it with another, relevant number that people can respond to. This is especially the case for companies conducting SMS marketing where they need to use their company name instead of a phone number.

Nevertheless, spoofing can also be used to attack unsuspecting people by sending SMS messages to targets under the assumed identity of others (companies or phone numbers). Spoofing is the ideal tool to conduct fraudulent activities as it masks the identity of the original sender, and instead replaces it with an identity the person is trying to imitate. As a result, a lot of scammers try to phish for personal and confidential information (e.g. bank account or credit card details) using SMS spoofing.

While you may think these two uses of spoofing, in particular, make for a clear-cut situation, what actually creates the grey are is using spoofing services for anonymity. Some people may simply want to prank their friends, while some people may want to whistleblow without being under the risk of having their identity exposed. The reasons for spoofing are not black and white, more so they do not actually have to be malicious.

In any case, all of this makes it hard for authorities to detect and deal with spoofing. However, one thing is clear—SMS spoofing used under false pretenses is illegal in most countries and can get you in a lot of trouble with authorities.

There is no clear legislation about SMS spoofing in the majority of countries. Some countries have proposed the ban of spoofing altogether, while others are in a negligent state regarding the issue. Australia is the one notable example of a country that has completely prohibited the practice of spoofing.

In countries where spoofing is not regulated by national authorities, carriers have taken the matter into their own hands by banning the anonymous uses of spoofing.

How to Protect Yourself from SMS Spoofing?

No one can be 100% safe from spoofing. Whether scammers use your number for spoofing or are attacking you, you should always proceed by reporting it to your carrier and law enforcement, who can then track where SMS messages came from. This way you can prevent SMS spoofing in the future. Also, you can download SMS blockers to make sure that you will not receive SMS from the scammer second time.

SMS Spoofing Apps

SMS spoofing can be done online. There are many apps on the web that offer this service. Some are free while others are typically paid services. Spoofing web applications are by design easier to use than using command-line programs on operating systems like Linux. This makes them more accessible to the masses, thus resulting in a lot of traffic every day.

We advise to not proceed with this practice and not to cross any lines that might get you in legal trouble. Additionally, be careful in case you receive a message with the spoofed sender ID.

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More Than 2000 of The Most Common Text Abbreviations

Text Abbreviations

Text abbreviations use the initial letters or shortened versions of certain words to compose an expression. They are meant to make text message communication faster and easier. While they were utilized only by a small demographic a decade ago, text message abbreviations are now everywhere around the world.

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Text abbreviations started to become popular with the upsurge of texting as one of the most useful communication channels. By the time they were developing, SMS had already proved to be a fast and convenient communication channel. Thus, abbreviations were only complementing the advantages of text messages.

As much as SMS is one of the best communication channels, it has always had one major drawback. Each text message is limited to only 160 characters at most, which, if exceeded, counts as two messages and is charged additionally. Text abbreviations solve this problem by cutting down some characters and giving room for more words.

The tendency of using shorter form of words, phrases or sentences was carried away from text messages to social media communication apps. Although those apps are free to use and have no character limit, text abbreviations still remain popular with them. They save time and make typing on small and inconvenient sensor keyboards more comfortable.

Aside from helping individuals, text abbreviations also help businesses in their SMS marketing campaigns. Every SMS costs money for businesses too, therefore, they can use abbreviations to save some money.

Common Text Abbreviations

Even with the most in-depth research, one cannot find all text abbreviations in the world. They are countless and the number is growing every day. However, most of the time text abbreviations’ meanings are clear from the start. Below we’ve listed one of the most common text abbreviations with some contextual examples.

  • Text abbreviation “SMH”: “SMH” stands for “shaking my head” and is used to show disappointment, regret or anger.

Example: “Did you see the game last night? I was shocked. I can’t believe the Lakers lost to the Phoenix Suns. SMH.”

  • Text abbreviation “LML”: According to Urban Dictionary, “LML” means “laughing mad loud”. It replicates a loud laughing reaction. It can be used to make fun of something, ironize a statement and so on.

Example: “LML. You should’ve seen his face when he hit his head to the pole. It was hilarious.”

  • Text abbreviation “TBH”: “TBH” is the shortened version of “to be honest”. It is probably the most used one among all. The abbreviation simply means what it says.

Example: “The class was super-boring today. TBH, I was about to fall asleep.”

  • Text abbreviation “MHM”: There is no actual word or phrase for the text abbreviation “MHM”. It expresses giving consent or saying “yes”, usually by shaking one’s head.

Example: “Do you think you could tell me where to find the needed literature? MHM, I think I could.”

List of Text Abbreviations in English

As mentioned above, the list of English abbreviations increases day by day. Therefore, it is impossible to have a list of all text abbreviations in a single table. However, we have compiled a list of the most used text abbreviations in the following table.

Abbreviations Meaning
@TEOTD At The End Of The Day
#FF Follow Friday
10Q Thank You
10X Thanks
142N8LY Unfortunately
14AA41 One For All And All For One
1CE Once
1DAFUL It Means Wonderful
1DR I Wonder
2B To Be
[email protected] To Be At
2BZ4U Too Busy For You
2D4 To Die For
2DAY Today
2EZ Too Easy
2G2B4G Too Good To Be Forgotten
2G2BT Too Good To Be True
2M2H Too Much To Handle
2MI Too Much Information
2MOR Tomorrow
2MORO Tomorrow
2N8 Tonight
2NITE Tonight
2QT Too Cute
2U2 To You Too
4AO For Adults Only
4EAE Forever And Ever
4EVER Forever
4NR Foreigner
A2D Agree To Disagree
AA As Above
AAMOF As A Matter Of Fact
AAMOI As A Matter Of Interest
AAR8 At Any Rate
AAS Alive And Smiling
AAYF As Always, Your Friend
AB/ABT About
ABD Already Been Done
ABH Anywhere But Here
ABT About
ABT2 Meaning ‘About To’
ABTA Meaning Good-Bye (Signoff)
ABU All Bugged Up
AC Acceptable Content
ACC Actually
ADBB All Done Bye Bye
ADD Address
ADIH Another Day In Hell
ADIP Another Day In Paradise
ADMINR Administrator (Government)
ADN Any Day Now
ADVD Advised
AEAP As Early As Possible
AF April Fools
AFAGAY A Friend As Good As You
AFAIAA As Far As I Am Aware
AFAIC As Far As I’m Concerned
AFAICS As Far As I Can See
AFAICT As Far As I Can Tell
AFAIK As Far As I Know
AFAIR As Far As I Remember
AFAIU As Far As I Understand
AFAIUI As Far As I Understand It
AFAP As Far As Possible
AFAYC As Far As You Are Concerned
AFFA Angels Forever, Forever Angels
AFIAA As Far As I Am Aware
AFJ April Fool’s Joke
AFPOE A Fresh Pair Of Eyes
AGIG American Girl Instagram
AGKWE And God Knows What Else
AH At Home
AIAMU And I’m A Monkey’s Uncle
AIGHT Alright
AIH As It Happens
AIMB As I Mentioned Before
AIMP Always In My Prayers
AIR As I Remember
AISB As It Should Be
AISE As I Said Earlier
AISI As I See It
AITR Adult In The Room
AKA Also Known As
ALAP As Late As Possible
ALCON All Concerned
ALOL Actually Laughing Out Loud
ALTG Act Locally, Think Globally
ALW Ain’t Life Wonderful
AMA Ask Me Anything
AMAP As Much As Possible
AMBW All My Best Wishes
AML All My Love
AMOF As A Matter Of Fact
AMOSC Add Me On Snapchat
AMP Accelerated Mobile Pages
ANGB Almost Nearly Good Bridge
AOAS All Of A Sudden
AOB Abuse Of Bandwidth
AOC Available On Cell
AOM Age Of Majority
AON Apropos Of Nothing
AOR Agency On Record Or Album-Oriented Rock
AOTA All Of The Above
AOYP Angel On Your Pillow
AP Apple Pie
APAC All Praise And Credit
APP Appreciate
APU As Per Usual
AQAP As Quick (Or Quiet) As Possible
AR Action Required Or Augmented Reality
ARC Archive (Compressed Files)
ARE Acronym Rich Environment
ARG Argument
ASAMOF As A Matter Of Fact
ASAP As Soon As Possible
ASAYGT As Soon As You Get This
ASIG And So It Goes
ASMR Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response
AT At Your Terminal
ATB All The Best
ATC Any Two Cards
ATEOTD At The End Of The Day
ATM At The Moment
ATSITS All The Stars In The Sky
ATSL Along The Same Line
ATST At The Same Time
ATWD Agree That We Disagree
AUNT And U Know This
AUNTM And U Know This Man
AWESO Awesome
AWLTP Avoiding Work Like The Plague
AWNIAC All We Need Is Another Chair
AWOL Away Without Leaving
AWS Awesome
AWTTW A Word To The Wise
AX It Means Across
AYC Aren’t You Clever Or Aren’t You Cheeky
AYCE All You Can Eat
AYDY Are You Done Yet?
AYEG Are You Even Goth?
AYK As You Know
AYMM Are You My Mother
AYOR At Your Own Risk
AYS Are You Serious?
AYSOS Are You Stupid Or Something
AYT Are You There?
AYTMTB And You Are Telling Me This Because
AYW As You Want / As You Wish
AZN Asian
B Back
B-DAY Birthday
[email protected]/[email protected] Back At You
B/C Because
B/F Boyfriend
B/G Background (Personal Information Request)
B/W Between
B& Banned
B&E Breaking & Entering
B&F Back And Forth
B2W Back To Work
B4 Before
B4N Bye For Now
B4U Before You
B4YKI Before You Know It
B9 Boss Is Watching
BABY Being Annoyed By You
BAE Before Anyone Else
BAO Be Aware Of
BASOR Breathing A Sigh Of Relief
BAU Business As Usual
BAY Back At Ya
BB Be Back
BB4N Bye Bye For Now
BBB Bye Bye Babe Or Boring Beyond Belief Or Big, Beige & Boring
BBBG Bye Bye Be Good
BBIAB Be Back In A Bit
BBIAF Be Back In A Few
BBIAM Be Back In A Minute
BBIAS Be Back In A Sec
BBIAW Be Back In A While
BBL Be Back Later
BBN Bye, Bye Now
BBQ Bar-B-Que Or Barbeque
BBR Burnt Beyond Repair
BBS Be Back Soon
BBT Be Back Tomorrow
BC Because
BCBS Big Company, Big School
BCNU Be Seeing You
BCO Big Crush On
BCOS Because
BCOY Big Crush On You
BD Big Deal Or Baby Dance Or Brain Drain
BDAY Birthday
BDC Big Dumb Company Or Big Dot Com
BDOA Brain Dead On Arrival
BEG Big Evil Grin
BF Boyfriend
BF4L Best Friends For Life
BFAW Best Friend At Work
BFFW Best Friends Forever Work
BFN Bye For Now
BG Be Good
BGBC Be Glad Be Cheerful
BGF Best Girlfriend
BGWM Be Gentle With Me
BHAG Big Hairy Audacious Goal
BHG Big Hearted Guy Or Big Hearted Girl
BHL8 Be Home Late
BHOF Bald Headed Old Fart
BI Business Intelligence
BI5 Back In Five
BIB Boss Is Back
BIBI Bye Bye
BIF Basis In Fact Or Before I Forget
BIH Burn In Hell
BIL Brother-In-Law Or Boss Is Listening
BIO I’m Going To The Bathroom (Or) Bathroom Break
BION Believe It Or Not
BITD Back In The Day
BITMT But In The Meantime
BIZ It Means Business
BKA Better Known As
BL Belly Laughing
BM&Y Between Me And You
BME Based On My Experience
BMGWL Busting My Gut With Laughter
BMOC Big Man On Campus
BMOF Bite Me Old Fart
BN Bad News
BNDN Been Nowhere Done Nothing
BNF Big Name Fan
BO Bug Off Or Body Odor
BOAISY Bend Over And I Will Show You
BOAT Bust Out Another Thousand
BOL Best Of Luck
BOLO Be On The Look Out
BON Believe It Or Not
BOOMS Bored Out Of My Skull
BOT Back On Topic
BOYF Boyfriend
BPLM Big Person Little Mind
BR Best Regards
BRB Be Right Back
BRD Bored
BRH Be Right Here
BRL Belly Roll Laughs
BRNC Be Right Back, Nature Calls
BRO Be Right Over
BRT Be Right There
BRUF Big Requirements Up Front
BSF But Seriously, Folks
BSTS Better Safe Than Sorry
BT Bite This
BTA But Then Again Or Before The Attacks
BTD Bored To Death
BTDT Been There Done That
BTFLDY It Means Beautiful Day
BTHOOM Beats The Heck Out Of Me
BTI Bash Twitter Idiocy
BTN Better Than Nothing
BTR Better
BTTE Brothers To The End
BTTP Back To The Past
BTW By The Way
BTWBO Be There With Bells On
BTYC Better Than You Can
BTYD Better Than You Do
BW Best Wishes
BWDIK But What Do I Know
BWI But What If
BWL Bursting With Laughter
BWO Black, White Or Other
BWTM But Wait, There’s More
BYAM Between You And Me
BYKI Before You Know It
BYKT But You Knew That
BYOC Bring Your Own Computer
BZ Busy
C It Means See, It’s Also A Programming Language
C YA See Ya
C-P Sleepy
C-T City
C/S Change Of Subject
C&G Chuckle And Grin
C4N Ciao For Now
CAAC Cool As A Cucumber
CAD Short For Canada/Canadian
CAKEDAY Meaning Birthday (Reddit)
CAL Cyberathlete Amateur League
CAM Camera
CAS Crack A Smile
CB Coffee Break
CBB Can’t Be Bothered
CBD It Stands For Cannabidiol, A.K.A. Cbd Oil
CBM Covered By Medicare
CD9 Code 9 – It Means Parents Are Around
CFS Care For Secret?
CFV Call For Vote
CFY Calling For You
CHK Check
CHLN It Means Chilling Or To Be Chill
CICO Coffee In, Coffee Out
CICYHW Can I Copy Your Home Work
CID Consider It Done Or Crying In Disgrace
CIL Check In Later
CINBA Clad In Naught But Air
CIO Check It Out
CITO Cache In, Trash Out
CLAB Crying Like A Baby
CLD Could
CM Call Me
CMB Call Me Back
CMF Count My Fingers
CMIW Correct Me If I’m Wrong
CMON Come On
CMSU Cracking Myself Up
CMU Crack Me Up
CN Can
CNP Continued In Next Post
COB Close Of Business
COD Change Of Dressing
COF$ Church Of Scientology
COFS Church Of Scientology
COL Chuckle Out Loud Or Chortling Out Loud
COO Short For Cool
COS Because
COT Circle Of Trust
CQRT Security
CQTS Chuckling Quietly To Self
CR8 Create
CRAP Cheap Redundant Assorted Products
CRAT Can’t Remember A Thing
CRB Come Right Back
CRBT Crying Real Big Tears
CRD Caucasian Rhythm Disorder Or Deficiency
CRE8 Create
CRTLA Can’t Remember The Three-Letter Acronym
CRZ Crazy
CSL Can’t Stop Laughing
CSN Chuckle, Snicker, Grin
CT Can’t Talk Or Can’t Text
CTC Care To Chat?
CTMQ Chuckle To Myself Quietly
CTN Can’t Talk Now
CTO Check This Out
CU See You
CU2 See You
CUA See You Around
CUL See You Later
CUL8R See You Later
CUNS See You In School
CUNT See You Next Time
CUPL Couple
CUZ Because
CWOT Complete Waste Of Time
CWYL Chat With You Later
CX Meaning “Correction”
CY Calm Yourself
CYA See You
CYAL8R See You Later
CYE Check Your Email
CYL See You Later
CYM Check Your Mail
CYO See You Online
CYOH Create Your Own Happening
CYT See You Tomorrow
D Dad Or It Means The
D/L Download
D&M Deep & Meaningful
D2D Developer-To-Developer Or Day-To-Day
D8 Date
DA Meaning “The”
DAE Does Anyone Else?
DAM Don’t Annoy Me
DBA Doing Business As Or Don’t Bother Asking
DBAU Doing Business As Usual
DBBSWF Dream Boat Body, Shipwreck Face
DBD Don’t Be Dumb
DBEYR Don’t Believe Everything You Read
DBMIB Don’t Bother Me I’m Busy
DC Disconnect
DD Dear (Or Darling) Daughter
DDAS Don’t Do Anything Stupid
DDG Drop Dead Gorgeous
DEGT Don’t Even Go There
DERP Stupid, Silly
DETI Don’t Even Think It
DF Dear Friend
DFIK Darn If I Know
DGA Don’t Go Anywhere
DGT Don’t Go There
DGTG Don’t Go There Girlfriend
DH Dear Husband
DHU Dinosaur Hugs
DHYB Don’t Hold Your Breath
DIAF Die In A Fire
DIC Drunk In Charge
DIKU Do I Know You?
DINR Dinner
DITR Dancing In The Rain
DIY Do It Yourself
DJM Don’t Judge Me
DK Don’t Know
DKDC Don’t Know Don’t Care
DL Download
DLTM Don’t Lie To Me
DM Doesn’t Matter
DMI Don’t Mention It
DMNO Dude Man No Offense
DMY Don’t Mess Yourself
DN Down
DNBL8 Do Not Be Late
DND Do Not Disturb
DNF Did Not Find
DNR Do Not Resuscitate
DNT Don’t
DOA Dead On Arrival
DOC Drug Of Choice
DOE Depends On Experience
DOG Depend On God
DOH An Expression For Frustration
DOIN Doing
DORBS Meaning “Adorable”
DOS Dad Over Shoulder Or Dozing Off Soon
DP Domestic Partner
DPS Damage Per Second
DPUP Don’t Poop Your Pants
DQMOT Don’t Quote Me On This
DQYDJ Don’t Quit Your Day Job
DR Didn’t Read
DRIB Don’t Read If Busy
DSL Digital Subscriber Line Or Dick Sucking Lips
DTK Down To Kill
DTR Define The Relationship
DTRT Do The Right Thing
DTS Don’t Think So
DTTD Don’t Touch That Dial
DUI Driving Under The Influence
DUM Do You Masturbate?
DUNA Don’t Use No Acronyms
DUNNO I Don’t Know
DUPE Duplicate
DUR Do You Remember?
DUSL Do You Scream Loud?
DUST Did You See That?
DV8 Deviate
DW Don’t Worry
DW2H Don’t Work Too Hard
DWB Don’t Write Back
DWBH Don’t Worry Be Happy
DWEET Drunk Tweet
DWH During Work Hours
DWS Driving While Stupid
DWYM Does What You Mean
DXNRY Dictionary
DYD Don’t You Dare
DYFI Did You Find It?
DYFM Dude You Fascinate Me
DYHAB Do You Have A Boyfriend?
DYHAG Do You Have A Girlfriend
DYJHIW Don’t You Just Hate It When…
DYLI Do You Love It?
E1 Everyone
E123 Easy As One, Two, Three
E2EG Ear To Ear Grin
E2HO Each To His/Her Own
EG Evil Grin
EGOT Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony
EHE Emos Hate Everyone
EI Eat It
EIP Editing In Progress
ELI5 Explain Like I’m 5
ELOL Evil Laugh Out Loud
EM Excuse Me
EMA E-Mail Address
EMBM Early Morning Business Meeting
EMI Excuse My Ignorance
EML Email Me Later
EMSG E-Mail Message
ENUF Enough
EOD End Of Day
EOL End Of Lecture
EOM End Of Message
EOS End Of Show
EOT End Of Thread/Text/Transmission
EOW End Of Watch
ES Erase Screen
ESG Environmental, Social, Governance
ESH Experience, Strength, And Hope
ESO Equipment Smarter Than Operator
ETA Edited To Add
ETLA Etla Extended Three-Letter Acronym (That Is, An Fla)
ETX End Of Text
EVA Ever
EVERY1 Everyone
EVO Evolution
EVRE1 Every One
EWG Evil Wicked Grin (In Fun, Teasing)
EYD Enjoy Your Day
EZ Easy
EZY Easy
F Friend
F/U It Means To Follow Up
F2F Face To Face
F2T Free To Talk
F4F Follow For Follow
FAB Fabulous
FAE Finally An Explanation
FAF Find A Friend
FAITH Forsaking All, I Trust In Him
FATM Foaming At The Mouth
FAV Favorite
FAWC For Anyone Who Cares
FBB Meaning “Facebook Buddy”
FBC Facebook Chat
FBF Flashback Friday
FBFR Facebook Friend
FBM Fine By Me
FBOW For Better Or Worse
FC Fingers Crossed
FC’INGO For Crying Out Loud
FCFS First Come, First Served
FCOL For Crying Out Loud
FCS First Customer Ship
FDGB Fall Down Go Boom
FDU Fresher Than You
FE Fatal Error
FFA Free For All
FFT Food For Thought
FHO Friends Hanging Out
FIFO First In, First Out
FILO First In Last Out
FILTH Failed In London, Try Hong Kong
FIMH Forever In My Heart
FIRE Financial Independence, Retire Early
FISH First In, Still Here
FOAF Friend Of A Friend
FOC Free Of Charge
FOE Family Over Everything
FOFL Falling On Floor Laughing
FOGC Fear Of Getting Caught
FOL Fond Of Leather
FOMC Fell Off My Chair
FOMO Fear Of Missing Out
FOUO For Official Use Only
FPO For Placement Only
FROG Fully Rely On God
FRT For Real Though
FRZN It Means Freezing
FS For Sale
FSBO For Sale By Owner
FSR For Some Reason
FTR For The Record
FTTB For The Time Being
FTW For The Win
FW Forward
FWB Friends With Benefits
FWD Forward
FWIW For What It’s Worth Or Forgot Where I Was
FWM Fine With Me
FWP First World Problems
FYA For Your Amusement
FYC For Your Consideration
FYE For Your Edification
FYEO For Your Eyes Only
FYF From Your Friend
FYI For Your Information
FYM For Your Misinformation
G Grin
G/F Girlfriend
G2CU Good To See You
G2G Got To Go
G2R Got To Run
G2TU Got To Tell U (You)
G4C Going For Coffee
G4I Go For It
G4N Good For Nothing
G9 Genius
GA Go Ahead Or Good Afternoon
GAB Getting A Beer
GAC Get A Clue
GAHOY Get A Hold Of Yourself
GAL Get A Life
GALGAL Give A Little Get A Little
GALHER Get A Load Of Her
GALHIM Get A Load Of Him
GANB Getting Another Beer
GAS Got A Second?
GB Goodbye
GBG Great Big Grin
GBH Great Big Hug
GBTW Get Back To Work
GBU God Bless You
GC Good Crib
GD Good
GDR Grinning, Ducking, And Running
GDW Grin, Duck And Wave
GF Girlfriend
GFI Go For It
GFN Gone For Now
GFR Grim File Reaper
GFTD Gone For The Day
GFTU Good For The Universe
GG Gotta Go
GGN Gotta Go Now
GGOH Gotta Get Out Of Here
GIAR Give It A Rest
GIC Gift In Crib
GIDK Gee I Don’t Know
GIGO Garbage In, Garbage Out
GIRL Guy In Real Life
GIT Got It, Thanks
GJ Good Job
GJP Good Job Partner
GL Good Luck Or Get Lost
GLA Good Luck All
GLAWD Good Luck And Well Done
GLB Good Looking Boy
GLG Good Looking Girl
GLGH Good Luck And Good Hunting
GLWS Good Luck With Sale
GM Good Morning Or Good Move
GMAB Give Me A Break
GMH Gives Me Hope
GMILY Good Morning I Love You
GMV Got My Vote
GN Good Night
GNA Good Night All
GNE1 Good Night Everyone
GNIGHT Good Night
GNITE Good Night
GNOC Get Naked On Cam
GNS Gangnam Style
GOAT Greatest Of All Time
GOI Get Over It
GOK God Only Knows
GOL Giggling Out Loud
GOMB Get Off My Back
GORK God Only Really Knows
GOTP Get/Getting On The Piss
GOWI Get On With It
GOYHH Get Off Your High Horse
GR8 Great
GRAS Generally Recognized As Safe
GRATZ Congratulations
GRL Girl
GROBR Good Riddance Of Bad Rubbish
GRRLZ Girls, Also Seen As Grrl
GRRR Growling
GRWG Get Right With God
GRX Gracias
GS Good Shot
GSC Gimme Some Credit
GSOH Good Sense Of Humor
GSTG Get Set To Go
GSW Gun Shot Wound
GT Good Try
GTG Got To Go
GTGB Got To Go Bye
GTGP Got To Go Pee
GTH Go To Hell
GTK Good To Know
GTL Gym, Tan, Laundry
GTM Giggle To Myself
GTP Game Transfer Phenomenon
GTRM Going To Read Mail
GTSY Glad To See You
GWI Get With It
GWOT Glorified Waste Of Time
GWS Get Well Soon
GYPO Get Your Pants Off
H Hug
H-BDAY Happy Birthday
H-FDAY Happy Father’s Day
H-MDAY Happy Mother’s Day
H&K Hugs And Kisses
H2CUS Hope To See You Soon
H2S Here To Stay
H4U Hot For You
H8 Hate
H8TTU Hate To Be You
H9 Husband In Room
HADVD Have Advised
HAG1 Have A Good One
HAGD Have A Great Day
HAGN Have A Good Night
HAGO Have A Good One
HAK Hugs And Kisses
HALP Help (Discord)
HAND Have A Nice Day
HAR Hit And Run
HAU How About You?
HAVE Hwevr
HAY How Are You?
HB Hug Back
HBB Hip Beyond Belief
HBD Happy Birthday
HBTU Happy Birthday To You
HBU How About You?
HD Hold
HDM Honest Direct Message
HEA Happily Ever After
HF Have Fun
HFAC Holy Flipping Animal Crackers
HHFO Hell Has Frozen Over
HHH Hip Hip Hooray
HHOJ Ha Ha, Only Joking
HHOK Ha Ha, Only Kidding
HHOS Ha Ha, Only Serious
HI 5 High Five
HIFW How I Felt When… (Used With Photo Or Gif)
HIG How’s It Going?
HIH Hope It Helps
HIOOC Help, I’m Out Of Coffee
HITAKS Hang In There And Keep Smiling
HMFIC Head Mofo In Charge
HML Hit My Line
HMOT Hit Me On Twitter
HMU Hit Me Up Or Hook Me Up
HNL (W)Hole Another Level
HNTI How Nice That/This Is
HNTW How Nice That Was
HNY Happy New Year
HO Hang On Or Hold On Or Head Office
HOAS Hold On A Second
HOHA Hollywood Hacker
HOIC Hold On, I’m Coming
HOWRU How Are You
HOYEW Hanging On Your Every Word
HR Human Resources Or Human Reaction
HRCN It Means Hurricane
HRU How Are You?
HSAY How Single Are You?
HSIAB Haven’t Seen It All Before
HSIK How Should I Know
HT Hi There Or Hat Tip Or Heard Through
HTH Hope This (Or That) Helps
HU Hook Up
HUD How You Doing?
HV Have
HW Homework
IB I’m Back
IC I See
ICAM I Couldn’t Agree More
ICBW It Could Be Worse
ICEDI I Can’t Even Discuss It
ICFILWU I Could Fall In Love With You
IDBI I Don’t Believe It
IDC I Don’t Care
IDK I Don’t Know
IDTS I Don’t Think So
IDUNNO I Don’t Know
INV Invite
IOMH In Over My Head
IOW In Other Words
IRL In Real Life
IRMC I Rest My Case
ISLY I Still Love You
ISO In Search Of
ITAM It’s The Accounting, Man (Financial Blogs)
ITT In This Thread
ITYK I Thought You Knew
IUSS If You Say So
IWALU I Will Always Love You
IWAWO I Want A Way Out
IYO In Your Opinion
IYQ Meaning “I Like You”
IYSS If You Say So
JAM Just A Minute
JAS Just A Second
JC (J/C) Just Checking
JDI Just Do It
JELLY Meaning “Jealous”
JFF Just For Fun
JIC Just In Case
JJ (J/J) Just Joking
JJA Just Joking Around
JK (J/K) Just Kidding
JLMK Just Let Me Know
JMO Just My Opinion
JV Joint Venture
JW Just Wondering
K Okay
K8T Katie
KEWL Cool
KEYA I Will Key You Later
KEYME Key Me When You Get In
KFY Kiss For You
KIA Know It All
KIT Keep In Touch
KK Knock, Knock
KMK Kiss My Keister
KMT Kiss My Tushie
KNIM Know What I Mean?
KOC Kiss On Cheek
KOL Kiss On Cheek
KOS Kid Over Shoulder
KOTC Kiss On The Cheek
KOTL Kiss On The Lips
KOW Knock On Wood
KPC Keeping Parents Clueless
KSC Kind (Of) Sort (Of) Chuckle
KT Katie
KUTGW Keep Up The Good Work
KWIM Know What I Mean?
KYFC Keep Your Fingers Crossed
KYNC Keep Your Nose Clean
KYPO Keep Your Pants On
KYR Know Your Rank
KYS Kill Yourself
L?^ Let’s Hook Up
[email protected] Laughing At You Or Laughing About You
L/M Left Message
L&R Love And Respect
L2G Like To Go?
L2K Like To Come
L2P Learn To Play
L8R Later
L8RG8R Later, Gator
L8TR Later
LA Laughing Aloud
LAGO Life Always Goes On
LAOJ Laughing At Own Joke
LB Like Back
LB?W/C Like Bondage? Whips Or Chains
LBAY Laughing Back At You
LBH Let’s Be Honest
LBS Laughing But Serious
LBVS Laughing, But Very Serious
LD Later, Dude
LEMENO Let Me Know
LESM Law Enforcement Social Media
LFD Left For Day
LFTI Looking Forward To It
LG Life’s Good Or Long Gone
LGMAS Lord Give Me A Sign
LGTM Looks Good To Me
LGY Little Girl Yeah
LH Laughing Hysterically
LHK Love Hugs Kisses
LHM Lord Help Me
LHO Laughing Head Off
LHU Let’s Hook Up
LI Linkedin
LIB Lying In Bed
LIC Like I Care
LIFO Last In, First Out
LIG Let It Go Or Life Is Good
LIMT Laugh In My Tummy
LINS Laugh, I Nearly Shat
LIR Let It Rest
LIS Laughing In Silence
LJBF Let’s Just Be Friends
LKITR Little Kid In The Room
LL Living Large
LLAP Live Long And Prosper
LLGB Love, Later, God Bless
LLOM Like Leno On Meth
LLT Looks Like Trouble
LMFO Let Me Find Out
LMHO Laughing My Head Off
LMIRL Let’s Meet In Real Life
LMK Let Me Know
LMNK Leave My Name Out
LMR Like My Recent
LMS Like My Status (Facebook)
LMSO Laughing My Socks Off
LMTA Like Minds Think Alike
LMTC Left A Message To Contact
LMTCB Left Message To Call Back
LNT Meaning Lost In Translation
LOA List Of Acronyms
LOAL Life Of A Local
LOB Lying On Bed
LOK Lots Of Kisses
LOL Laughing Out Loud
LOLA Laugh Out Loud Again
LOLH Laughing Out Loud Hysterically
LOLO Lots Of Love
LOLZ Lots Of Laughs
LOML Love Of My Life
LONH Lights On, Nobody Home
LOOL Laughing Outrageously Out Loud
LOOMM Laughing Out Of My Mind
LORE Learn Once, Repeat Everywhere
LOTI Laughing On The Inside
LOU Laughing Over You
LOVE Lots Of Voluntary Effort
LQTM Laughing Quietly To Myself
LRF Little Rubber Feet
LRT Last Retweet
LTD Living The Dream
LTHTT Laughing Too Hard To Type
LTIC Laughing Till I Cry
LTIO Laughing Til I Orgasm
LTM Laughing To Myself
LTNS Long Time No See
LTNT Long Time, No Type
LTOD Laptop Of Death
LTOTD Last Tweet Of The Days
LTR Long Term Relationship
LTS Laughing To Self
LTTIC Look The Teacher Is Coming
LU Locked Up Or Laughing Uproariously
LUK It Means Good Luck
LULT Love You Long Time
LULU Locally Undesireable Land Use
LUMTP Love You More Than Pie
LUMU Love You Miss You
LUSER Loser
LUSM Love You So Much
LUV It Means Love
LVL Level
LVM Left Voice Mail
LWOS Laughing Without Smiling
LWR Launch When Ready
LWU Laughing With You
LWYS Look What You Started
LY Love You
LY4E Love You Forever
LYA Love You All
LYAAF Love You As A Friend
LYB Love You Babe
LYL Love You Lots
LYLAB Love You Like A Brother
LYLAS Love You Like A Sister
LYLB Love You Later Bye
LYLC Love You Like Crazy
LYMI Love You, Mean It
LYSM Love You So Much
LYWAMH Love You With All My Heart
M Mom
M$ Microsoft
M2NY Me Too, Not Yet
M4C Meet For Coffee
M4M Men For Men Or Male For Male
M8 OR M8S Mate Or Mates
MA Mature Audience
MAGA Make America Great Again
MAMIL Middle Aged Men In Lycra
MAYA Most Advanced Yet Accessible
MB Mamma’s Boy
MBF Must Be Following
MBN Must Be Nice
MBS Mom Behind Shoulder
MC Misconnect
MCM Man Crush Monday
MDMS Million Dollar Mindset
MDR Mort De Rire
MFBTY My Fans Better Than Yours
MFG Mit Freundlichen Gruessen
MFI Mad For It
MFRC My Fingers Are Crossed
MFW My Face When
MGB May God Bless
MGMT Management
MIA Missing In Action
MIH Make It Happen
MIHAP May I Have Your Attention Please
MIL Mother-In-Law
MINS Minutes
MIRL Me In Real Life
MIWI Makes It Worth It
MKAY Meaning “Mmm, Okay”
MKOP My Kind Of Place
MLA Multiple Letter Acronym
MLAS My Lips Are Sealed
MLM Meaning Give The Middle Finger
MLYLT Me Love You Long Time
MM Market Maker Or Merry Meet
MMHA2U My Most Humble Apologies To You
MMK Meaning Okay? (As A Question)
MML Made Me Laugh
MMYT Mail Me Your Thoughts
MNC Mother Nature Calls
MO Move On
MOF Matter Of Fact
MOMPL Moment Please
MOO My Own Opinion
MOOC Massive Open Online Course
MOP Moment Please
MORF Male Or Female
MOS Mom Over Shoulder
MOV My Own Views
MRA Moving Right Along
MRM Men’s Rights Movement
MRPH Mail The Right Place For Help
MRW My Reaction When… (Used With Photo Or Gif)
MSG Message
MSM Main Stream Media Or Men Who Sleep With Men
MSMD Monkey See Monkey Do
MSNUW Mini-Skirt No Underwear
MSTA Must See To Appreciate
MSTM Makes Sense To Me
MTBF Mean Time Before Failure
MTF More To Follow
MTFBWU May The Force Be With You
MTFBWY May The Force Be With You
MTLA My True Love Always
MU Miss You
MUAH Multiple Unsuccessful Attempts (At/To) Humor
MUAH OR MWAH The Sound Of A Kiss
MUBAR Messed Up Beyond All Recognition
MULC Miss You Like Crazy
MUSM Miss You So Much
MVA Motor Vehicle Accident
MVA NO PI Motor Vehicle Accident With No Personal Injury
MVA W/PI Motor Vehicle Accident With Personal Injury
MVO Moving On
MVTO It Means Thank You
MWAH Meaning “Kiss” (It Is Is The Sound Made When Kissing Through The Air)
MWBRL More Will Be Revealed Later
MWS My Wife Says
MYL Mind Your Language
MYO Mind Your Own (Business)
MYOB Mind Your Own Business
MYT Meet You There
MYWB Make Your World Bigger
N No Or And
N/A Not Applicable Or Not Affiliated
N/M Nothing Much
N/T No Text
N1 Nice One
N2M Nothing Too Much
NAB Not A Blonde
NAGB Nearly Almost A Good Bridge
NAGI Not A Good Idea
NALOPKT Not A Lot Of People Know That
NAMAILU Not As Much As I Love You
NANA Not Now, No Need
NASCAR Non-Athletic Sport Centered Around Rednecks
NATC Not A Text Conversation
NATCH Naturally
NATO No Action, Talk Only
NAVY Never Again Volunteer Yourself
NAZ Name, Address, Zip (Also Means Nasdaq)
NB Nota Bene
NB4T Not Before Time
NBD No Big Deal
NBFAB Not Bad For A Beginner
NBFABS Not Bad For A Bot Stopper
NBG No Bloody Good
NBIF No Basis In Fact
NBLFY Nothing But Love For You
NC Nice Crib Or No Comment
NCBD New Comic Book Day
NCG New College Graduate
ND No Date
NDN Indian
NE Any
NE-WAYZ Anyways
NE1 Anyone
NE14KFC Anyone For KFC?
NE2H Need To Have
NEF Not Even Funny
NEJ Not Even Joking
NESEC Any Second
NEV Neighborhood Electric Vehicle
NEWEETER New Tweeter
NEWS North, East, West, South
NFBSK Not For British School Kids
NFM Not For Me
NFS Not For Sale
NFWS Not For Work Safe
NG New Game
NGB Nearly Good Bridge
NGH Not Gonna Happen
NGL Not Gonna Lie
NGO Non-Governmental Organization, A.K.A. Ngos
NH Nice Hand
NHOH Never Heard Of Him/Her
NI Not Interested
NI4NI An Eye For An Eye
NICE Nonsense In Crappy Existence
NIDL Not Interested, Dislike
NIGI Now I Get It
NIH Not Invented Here
NIM No Internal Message
NIMBY Not In My Back Yard
NIMJD Not In My Job Description
NIMQ Not In My Queue
NIMY Never In A Million Years
NINJA No Income, No Job Nor Assets
NINO Nothing In, Nothing Out Or No Input, No Output
NISM Need I Say More
NITL Not In This Lifetime
NJAPF Not Just Another Pretty Face
NLB Non Linear Behavior
NLL Nice Little Lady
NLT No Later Than
NLTBRO Not Likely To Be Run Over
NM Nothing Much
NM, U Not Much, You?
NME Enemy
NMH Not Much Here
NMHJC Not Much Here, Just Chilling
NMJC Nothing Much, Just Chilling
NMM #Nomakeupmonday
NMP Not My Problem Or Not My President
NMTE Now More Than Ever
NMU Not Much, You?
NN Not Now Or Need
NNR Need Not Respond
NNWW Nudge, Nudge, Wink, Wink
NO Not Online
NO1 No One
NOA Not Online Anymore
NOFI No Offence Intended
NOOB Also Seen As: N00B Or Nub Or No0Blet
NOS New Old Stock Or Not Outside Sales
NOWL Meaning “Knowledge”
NOY Not Online Yet
NOYB None Of Your Business
NP No Problem
NQA No Questions Asked
NQOCD Not Quite Our Class Dear
NQT Newly Qualified Teacher
NR Nice Roll
NRG Energy
NRN No Reply Necessary
NS Nice Set Or No Show
NSA No Strings Attached
NSB Not Sure But
NSFL Not Safe For Life
NSFW Not Safe For Work
NSISR Not Sure If Spelled Right
NSTLC Need Some Tender Loving Care
NT Nice Try
NTA Not This Again
NTABOM Now That’s A Bunch Of Malarkey
NTB Not Too Bright
NTBM Not To Be Missed
NTBN No Text Back Needed
NTH Nothing
NTIM Not That It Matters
NTIMM Not That It Matters Much
NTK Nice To Know
NTL Nonetheless
NTM Not That Much
NTMU Nice To Meet You
NTS Note To Self
NTTAWWT Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That
NTW Not To Worry
NTYMI Now That You Mention It
NUB New Person To A Site Or Game
NUFF Enough
NVM Never Mind
NVNG Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained
NVR Never
NW No Way
NWAL Nerd Without A Life
NWO No Way Out
NWOT New Without Tags
NWR Not Work Related
NWT New With Tags
NYC Not Your Concern
NYCFS New York City Finger Salute
O Meaning “Hugs”
O_O Confused
O4U Only For You
OAO Over And Out
OATUS On A Totally Unrelated Subject
OAUS On An Unrelated Subject
OB Oh Baby
OBE Overcome By Events
OBO Or Best Offer
OBS Obviously
OBTW Oh By The Way
OBV Obviously
OBX Old Battle Axe
OC Original Character Or Own Character
OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OD Online Date
OF Old Fart
OFAP Old Fart At Play
OFC Of Course
OGIM Oh God, It’s Monday
OH Overheard
OHF Oh Heck Friends
OI Operator Indisposed
OIB Oh, I’m Back
OIC Oh, I See
OICU812 Oh I See, You Ate One Too
OIRWIS Oh I Remember What I Said
OJ Only Joking
OL Old Lady
OLL Online Love
OLLI One Life, Live It
OLN Online Netiquette
OLO Only Laughed Once
OM Oh, My
OMB Oh My Buddha
OMDB Over My Dead Body
OME Oh My Evolution
OMG Oh My God
OMGYG2BK Oh My God, You Got To Be Kidding
OML Oh My Lord
OMS On My Soul (Meaning “Promise”)
OMW On My Way Or Oh My Word
OMWT On My Way Too
ONID Oh No I Didn’t
ONL Online
ONNA Oh No, Not Again
ONNTA Oh No, Not This Again
ONUD Oh No You Didn’t
OO Over And Out
OOAK One Of A Kind
OOC Out Of Character Or Out Of Control
OOF Out Of Facility
OOH Out Of Here
OOI Out Of Interest
OOMF One Of My Followers
OOO Out Of Office Or Out Of Commission
OOS Out Of Stock
OOT Out Of Touch
OOTB Out Of The Box Or Out Of The Blue
OOTC Obligatory On Topic Comment
OOTD One Of These Days
OOTO Out Of The Office
OOTT Out Of The Loop
OOYF One Of Your Followers
OP On Phone
ORLY Oh Really?
OST On Second Thought
OT Off Topic
OTASOIC Owing To A Slight Oversight In Construction
OTB Off To Bed
OTC Over The Counter
OTF On The Floor Or On The Fone
OTFL On The Floor Laughing
OTH Off The Hook
OTL Out To Lunch
OTOH On The Other Hand
OTP On The Phone
OTS On The Scene Or On The Spot Or Off The Shelf
OTT Over The Top
OTTOMH Off The Top Of My Head
OTW On The Way Or Off The Wall Or Otherwise
OUSU Oh You Shut Up
OVA Over
OYO On Your Own
OZ Australia
P Partner Or Pretty
P-ZA Pizza
P/U Pick Up
P&C Private & Confidential
P2C2E Process Too Complicated Too Explain
PAL Parents Are Listening Or Peace And Love
PAP Post A Picture
PART Partial Retweet
PATT Party All The Time
PAW Parents Are Watching
PAX Passengers
PB Potty Break
PBB Parent Behind Back
PCM Please Call Me
PDH Pretty Darn Happy
PDQ Pretty Darn Quick
PDS Please Don’t Shout
PEEPS People
PIAPS Pig In A Pant Suit
PIC Picture
PIF Paid In Full
PIMPL Peeing In My Pants Laughing
PIR Parent In Room
PISS Put In Some Sugar
PIX Pictures Or Photos
PL8 Plate
PLD Played
PLMK Please Let Me Know
PLO Peace, Love, Out
PLOKTA Press Lots Of Keys To Abort
PLOS Parents Looking Over Shoulder
PLS Please
PLU People Like Us
PLUR Peace, Love, Unity, Respect
PLZ Please
PLZTLME Please Tell Me
PM Personal Message Or Private Message
PMF Pardon My French
PMFI Pardon Me For Interrupting
PMFJI Pardon Me For Jumping In
PMHT Pardon My Hashtag A.K.A. #Pmht
PMJI Pardon My Jumping In
PML Pissing Myself Laughing
PMN Picking My Nose
PMP Peeing My Pants
PMSL Pissed Myself Laughing
PND Possibly Not Definitely
PO Piss Off
PO-MO Post-Modern
POA Plan Of Action
POAHF Put On A Happy Face
POD Print On Demand Or Play Others Downtime
POIDH Picture, Or It Didn’t Happen
POMS Parent Over My Shoulder
PONA Person Of No Account
PPL People
PPU Pending Pick-Up
PROBS Probably
PROLLY Probably
PRT Party
PRW Parents Are Watching
PS Post Script
PSA Public Service Announcement
PSE Porn Star Experience
PSO Product Superior To Operator
PSOS Parent Standing Over Shoulder
PSP Playstation Portable
PTAT People Talking About This
PTH Prime Tanning Hours
PTL Praise The Lord
PTMM Please Tell Me More
PTO Personal Time Off
PTOYED Please Turn Off Your Electronic Devices
PTP Pardon The Pun Or Pity The Poor
PTPOP Pat The Pissed Off Primate
PU That Stinks
PUH Personal Umbrella Handler
PUSH Praying Until Something Happens
PW Password
PWAS Prayer Wheels Are Spinning
PWAT Pay With A Tweet
PWCB Person Will Call Back
PWNT Owned
PWOMS Parent Watching Over My Shoulder
PWP Plot, What Plot?
PXT Please Explain That
PYOP Pray Your Own Prayer
PYT Pretty Young Thing
PZ Peace
PZA Pizza
Q Queue Or Question
Q2C Quick To Cum
Q4U Question For You
QAP Quickly As Possible
QB Quarter Back
QC Quality Control
QED Quod Erat Demonstrandum
QFE Question For Everyone
QFI Quoted For Irony
QFMT Quoted For More Truth
QI Quite Interesting
QIK Quick
QIX Quick
QL Quit Laughing
QLS Reply
QOTD Quote Of The Day
QOTP Quote Of The Post
QS Quit Scrolling
QSL Reply
QSO Conversation
QT Cutie Or Quiet
QTPI Cutie Pie
R Meaning “Are”
R U DA? Are You There?
R U GOIN? Are You Going?
R U THERE? Are You There?
R&D Research & Development
R&R Rest & Relaxation
RAFO Read And Find Out
[email protected] Right Back At Ya
RBAY Right Back At You
RBTL Read Between The Lines
RDV Reader’s Digest Version
RE Regards Or Reply Or Hello Again
REDLYFE Repeat Every Day Lifestyle
REHI Hi Again
RESO Reservation
RFD Request For Discussion
RFP Request For Proposal
RGDS It Means Regards
RHIP Rank Has Its Privileges
RHK Roundhouse Kick
RI&W Read It And Weep
RIMJS Really I’m Just Saying
RINO Republican In Name Only
RIYL Recommended If You Like
RKBA Right To Keep And Bear Arms
RL Real Life
RLCO Real Life Conference
RLF Real Life Friend
RLRT Real Life Retweet
RLY Really
RM Remake
RMB Rings My Bell
RME Rolling My Eyes
RMMA Reading My Mind Again
RN Right Now
RNN Reply Not Necessary
RNY Rainy
ROFL Rolling On Floor Laughing
RSN Real Soon Now
RTBM Read The Bloody Manual
RTBS Reason To Be Single
RTFAQ Read The Faq
RTH Release The Hounds
RTHX Re-Tweet Thanks
RTMS Read The Manual, Stupid
RTS Read The Screen
RTSM Read The Silly Manual
RTSS Read The Screen Stupid
RTTSD Right Thing To Say Dude
RU Are You?
RU/18 Are You Over 18?
RU\\18 Are You Under 18?
RUH Are You Horny?
RUMOF Are You Male Or Female?
RUMORF Are You Male Or Female?
RUNTS Are You Nuts?
RUOK Are You Okay?
RUS Are You Serious?
RUSOS Are You Sos (In Trouble)?
RUT Are You There?
RUUP4IT Are You Up For It?
RW Real World
RX Regards
RYB Read Your Bible
RYFM Read Your Friendly Manual
RYO Roll Your Own
RYS Read Your Screen
S Smile
S’OK It’s Okay
S/N Serial Number
S/S Shout-Out For Shout-Out
S^ What’s Up?
S2G Swear To God
S2R Send To Receive
S2S Sorry To Say
S2U Same To You
S4L Spam For Life
SAHM Stay At Home Mom
SAL Such A Laugh
SANM Starting A New Message
SAT Sorry About That
SB Should Be
SBI Sorry Bout It
SBIA Standing Back In Amazement
SBT Sorry Bout That
SBTA Sorry, Being Thick Again
SBUG Small Bald Unaudacious Goal
SC Stay Cool
SCNR Sorry, Could Not Resist
SCOTUS Supreme Court Of The United States
SCUICHT So Coked Up I Can Hardly Type
SD Sweet Dreams
SDC Saturday Drinking Club
SDFS Second Day First Show
SDMB Sweet Dreams, My Baby
SED Said Enough Darling
SEP Somebody Else’s Problem
SERPT Soul Eater Role-Playing Team
SETE Smiling Ear To Ear
SFAIAA So Far As I Am Aware
SFAIK So Far As I Know
SFLA Stupid Four Letter Acronym
SFP Sorry For Partying
SFTW Sorry For The Wait
SFX Sound Effects Or Stage Effects
SGTM Sounds Good To Me
SH Same Here
SH^ Shut Up
SHT So Hot
SIA Say It Again
SIG2R Sorry, I Got To Run
SIL Sister-In-Law
SIN Stop It Now
SIP Skiing In Powder
SIS Sister
SIT Stay In Touch
SITD Still In The Dark
SITUBI Say It Til You Believe It
SIY Search Inside Yourself
SJ Strong Jaws
SJW Social Justice Warrior
SK8 Skate
SKYE School Kills Your Entertainment
SL Second Life
SLAP Sounds Like A Plan Or Speak Like A Person
SLT Something Like That
SM Social Media
SMH Shaking My Head Or So Much Hate
SMTH Something
SN Side Note
SNH Sarcasm Noted Here
SNIF Simple Nice Index File
SO Significant Other
SOIC So I See
SOK It’s Okay
SOL Sooner Or Later
SOME1 Someone
SOMY Sick Of Me Yet
SOS Meaning Help
SOT Short On Time
SOTMG Short On Time, Must Go
SOW Speaking Of Which
SOWM Someone With Me
SOZ Sorry
SPEET Spam Tweet
SPK Speak
SPST Same Place, Same Time
SPTO Spoke To
SQ Square
SRSLY Seriously
SRY Sorry
SS So Sorry
SSDD Same Stuff, Different Day
SSIF So Stupid It’s Funny
SSINF So Stupid It’s Not Funny
ST&D Stop Texting And Drive
STBX Soon To Be Ex
STG Swear To God
STH Something
STHU Shut The Hell Up
STR8 Straight
STS So To Speak
STYS Speak To You Soon
SU Shut Up
SUITM See You In The Morning
SUL See You Later
SUP What’s Up?
SUYF Shut Up You Fool
SWDYT So What Do You Think?
SWEET<3 Sweetheart
SWF Single White Female
SWIM See What I Mean?
SWIS See What I’m Saying
SWIT Sit And Sweat
SWL Screaming With Laughter
SWU So What’s Up
SWYP So What’S Your Problem?
SXE Straight Edge
SYK So You Know
SYL See You Later
SYS See You Soon
SYT See You Tomorrow
SYY Shut Your Yapper
T:)T Think Happy Thoughts
[email protected] Talk At You Later
T+ Think Positive
T2GO Time To Go
T2UL Talk To You Later
T2UT Talk To You Tomorrow
T4BU Thanks For Being You
T4P Thanks For Posting
TA Thanks A Lot
TAF That’s All, Folks
TAFN That’s All For Now
TAH Take A Hike
TANK Meaning Really Strong
TAP Take A Pill
TAS Taking A Shower
TAU Thinking About U (You)
TAW Teachers Are Watching
TAYN Thinking About You Now
TB Titty Bar
TBA To Be Announced Or To Be Advised
TBC To Be Continued
TBE Thick Between Ears
TBH To Be Honest
TBL Text Back Later
TBT Throwback Thursday
TBU Thinking Bout You
TBYB Try Before You Buy
TC Take Care
TCB Trouble Came Back Or Taking Care Of Business
TCK Third Culture Kid
TCOB Taking Care Of Business
TCOY Take Care Of Yourself
TDM Too Darn Many
TEOG The Edge Of Glory
TFDS That’s For Darn Sure
TFH Thread From Hell
TFN Thanks For Nothing Or Til Further Notice
TFS Thanks For Sharing Or Three Finger Salute
TFTT Thanks For The Thought
TFTU Thanks For The Update
TFW That Feeling When
TG Thank Goodness
TGFAD Thank God For Another Day
TGIC This Girl Is Crazy
TGIF Thank God It’s Friday
TGIM Thank God It’s Monday
THNQ Thank You
THOT That Ho Over There
THT Think Happy Thoughts
THX / TX / THKS Thanks
TIA Thanks In Advance
TIAD Tomorrow Is Another Day
TIAIL Think I Am In Love
TIC Tongue In Cheek
TILII Tell It Like It Is
TILIS Tell It Like It Is
TIME Tears In My Eyes
TIMITI Try It Measure It Tweak It
TINWIS That Is Not What I Said
TIR Teacher In Room
TISC This Is So Cool
TISL This Is So Lame
TISNC This Is So Not Cool
TISNF That Is So Not Fair
TISNT That Is So Not True
TJBNJ This Job Beats No Job
TK To Come
TKO Technical Knock Out
TKU4UK Thank You For Your Kindness
TL Too Long
TLDR Too Long; Didn’t Read
TLA Three Letter Acronym
TLC Tender Loving Care
TLGO The List Goes On
TLITBC That’s Life In The Big City
TLK2UL8R Talk To You Later
TLTR Too Long To Read
TM Trust Me
TMA Take My Advice
TMB Text Me Back
TMI Too Much Information
TMOT Trust Me On This
TMTH Too Much To Handle
TMTT Too Much To Type
TMWFI Take My Word For It
TMYL Tell Me Your Location
TNA Temporarily Not Available
TNC Tongue In Cheek
TNLN Took Nothing, Left Nothing
TNO Tell No One
TNT Til Next Time
TNTL Trying Not To Laugh
TNX Thanks
TOBAL There Oughta Be A Law
TOBG This Oughta Be Good
TOJ Tears Of Joy
TOM Tomorrow
TOMTB Taking Off My Training Bra
TOON Cartoon
TOS Terms Of Service
TOT Tons Of Time
TOTES Totally
TOU Thinking Of You
TOY Thinking Of You
TPC The Phone Company
TPIYP To Put In Your Prayers
TPM Tomorrow P.M.
TPS That’s Pretty Stupid
TPT Trailor Park Trash
TPTB The Powers That Be
TQM Total Quality Management
TQRT Thanks For The Retweet
TRAM The Rest Are Mine
TRP Television Rating Points
TSH Tripping So Hard
TSIA This Says It All
TSIF Thank Science It’s Friday
TSNF That’s So Not Fair
TSTB The Sooner, The Better
TSTL To Stupid To Live
TT Big Tease
TTBOMK To The Best Of My Knowledge
TTFN Ta Ta For Now
TTG Time To Go
TTIOT The Truth Is Out There
TTKSF Trying To Keep A Straight Face
TTLY Totally
TTMF Ta Ta Mofo
TTS Text To Speech
TTT That’s The Ticket Or To The Top Or Thought That Too
TTTH Talk To The Hand
TTTT To Tell The Truth
TTUL Talk To You Later
TTYL Talk To You Later Or Type To You Later
TTYL8R Talk To You Later
TTYLXOXO Talk To You Later, Hugs And Kisses
TTYOB Tend To Your Own Business
TTYS Talk To You Soon
TTYT Talk To You Tomorrow
TU Thank You
TUI Turning You In
TURNT Turn Up
TW Tweet
TWD Texting While Driving
TWHE The Walls Have Ears
TWIT That’s What I Thought
TWITA That’s What I’M Talking About
TWIWI That Was Interesting, Wasn’t It?
TWSS That’s What She Said
TWTR Twitter
TWU That’s What’s Up
TXS Thanks
TXT Text
TXT IM Text Instant Message
TXT MSG Text Message
TY Thank You
TYCLO Turn Your Caps Lock Off
TYFF Thank You For Following
TYFYC Thank You For Your Comment
TYG There You Go Or Thank You God
TYL Text You Later Or Thank You Lord
TYS Told You So
TYSO Thank You So Much
TYT Take Your Time
TYVM Thank You Very Much
U You
U UP Are You Up?
U-L You Will
U2 You Too
U4E Yours Forever
U8 You Ate?
UAYA Use As You Are
UBS Unique Buying State
UCMU You Crack Me Up
UDK You Don’t Know
UDM You Are The Man
UFN Until Further Notice
UG2BK You Have Got To Be Kidding
UGTR You Got That Right
UKTR You Know That’s Right
UL Upload
UMK You Must Know
UN4TUN8 Unfortunate
UNA Use No Acronyms
UNCRTN Uncertain
UNOIT You Know It
UNT Until Next Time
UNTCO You Need To Chill Out
UOK Are You Ok?
UPOD Under Promise Over Deliver
UR You Are
UR2YS4ME You Are Too Wise For Me
URH You Are Hot
URSAI You Are Such An Idiot
URSKTM You Are So Kind To Me
URTM You Are The Man
URW You Are Welcome
URWS You Are Wise
URYY4M You Are Too Wise For Me
USBCA Until Something Better Comes Along
USU Usually
UT2L You Take Too Long
UTM You Tell Me
UV Unpleasant Visual
UW You Are Welcome
UWIWU You Wish I Was You
UWM You Want Me
V Very
VAT Value Added Tax
VBD Very Big Deal
VBG Very Big Grin
VBMG Very Big Mischievous Grin
VBS Very Big Smile
VC Voice Chat
VFM Value For Money
VGN Vegan Or Vegetarian
VIM Very Important Member
VM Voice Mail
VMA Very Much Alive
VN Very Nice
VOD Video On Demand
W With Or Working
W WULT What Would You Like To Talk About
W’S^ What’s Up?
[email protected] What?
W/ With
W/B Welcome Back
W/E Weekend
W/O Without
W8 Wait
W9 Wife In Room
WABI What A Bright Idea
WAD Without A Doubt
WAEF When All Else Fails
WAFS Warm And Fuzzies
WAGS Wives And Girlfriends Of Sports Stars
WAH Working At Home
WAI What An Idiot
WAJ What A Jerk
WAK What A Kiss
WAM Wait A Minute
WAN2 Want To?
WAN2TLK Want To Talk
WAREZ Meaning Pirated (Illegally Gained) Software
WAS Wait A Second
WAT What
WATI What A Terrible Idea
WATN Where Are They Now
WAWA Where Are We At?
WAWI What A Wonderful Idea
WAY Where Are You?
WAYD What Are You Doing?
WAYF Where Are You From?
WAYN Where Are You Now?
WB Welcome Back Or Write Back
WBOS We Build Our Society
WBS Write Back Soon
WBU What About You?
WC Welcome
WCA Who Cares Anyway
WCKD It Means Wicked
WCW Woman Crush Wednesday
WD Well Done
WDALYIC Who Died And Left You In Charge?
WDDD Woopie Doo Da Dey
WDILY Why Do I Love You?
WDR With Due Respect
WDT Who Does That?
WDYJS What Did You Just Say?
WDYK What Do You Know?
WDYM What Do You Mean?
WDYMBT What Do You Mean By That?
WDYS What Did You Say?
WDYT What Do You Think?
WE Whatever
WEG Wicked Evil Grin
WF Way Fun
WFH Work From Home
WFM Works For Me
WG Wicked Grin
WILCO Will Comply
WIM Woe Is Me
WIP Work In Process
WIT Wordsmith In Training
WITP What Is The Point?
WITW What In The World
WIU Wrap It Up
WK Week
WKD Weekend
WKND Weekend
WKYP Will Keep You Posted
WL Whatta Loser
WLU Wicked, Love You
WLU2 Wicked, Love You Too
WOA Work Of Art
WOG Wise Old Guy & Non-Scientologist
WOM Word Of Mouth Or Word Of Mouse
WOOF Well Off Older Folks
WOT Waste Of Time Or- It Means What
WRK Work
WRT With Regard To Or With Respect To
WRU Where Are You?
[email protected] Where Are You At?
WRUD What Are You Doing?
WSU What Say You?
WT Without Thinking Or What The Or Who The
WTAS Wanna Take A Shower?
WTB Want To Buy Or What To Buy
WTG Way To Go
WU What’s Up
WUBB What’s Up Baby Boy
WUBG What’s Up Baby Girl
WUCIWUG What You See Is What You Get
WUD What You Doing?
WUF Where You From
WUP What’s Up?
WUT Meaning “What”
WYD What (Are) You Doing?
WYP What’s Your Problem?
WYRN What’s Your Real Name?
WYS Whatever You Say
WYT Whatever You Think
WYTB Wish You The Best
X Kiss
XBF Ex-Boyfriend
XD A Really Hard Laugh
XL Extra Large
XLNT Excellent
XLR8 Meaning “Faster” Or “Going Faster”
XQZT Exquisite
XYZ Examine Your Zipper
Y Meaning Yawn
Y? Why?
Y2K You Are Too Kind
YA Your
YD Yesterday
YF Wife
YG Young Gentleman
YGBK You Gotta Be Kidding
YGG You Go Girl
YGLT You Are Gonna Love This
YGM You Have Got Mail
YGTBK You Have Got To Be Kidding
YGTI You Get The Idea
YIU Yes, I Understand
YKW You Know What?
YKWIM You Know What I Mean
YLH Your Loving Husband
YLLO You Lie Like Obama
YLW Your Loving Wife
YM Your Mother
YMAK You May Already Know
YMAL You Might Also Like
YMBKM You Must Be Kidding Me
YMMD You Make My Day Or You Made My Day
YMMV Your Mileage May Vary
YNI You Name It
YNK You Never Know
YOCO Your Only Cute Online
YOFO You Are Only Famous Online
YOLO You Only Live Once
YOYO You Are On Your Own
YR Yeah Right Or You Or Your
YRO Your Rights Online
YS You Stinker
YSAN You Are Such A Nerd
YSIC Why Should I Care?
YSK You Should Know
YSYD Yeah, Sure You Do
YT Youtube
YTB Youth Talk Back
YTG You Are The Greatest
YTTL You Take Too Long
YTTM You Talk Too Much
YTTT You Telling The Truth?
YVW You Are Very Welcome
YW You Are Welcome
Z Zero
Z% Zoo
ZERG To Gang Up On Someone
ZH Sleeping Hour
ZMG OR ZOMG Oh My God
ZOT Zero Tolerance
ZUP What’s Up?
ZZZ Sleeping, Bored, Tired

Spanish Text Abbreviations

Abbreviations have established themselves as a very handy linguistic tool around the world, spreading from English to other languages. Being one of the most popular languages, Spanish isn’t an exception as far as using shortened versions of phrases is concerned. Here are some of the most popular Spanish text abbreviations.

Abbreviations Spanish Meaning
100PRE Siempre Always
A10 Adiós Goodbye
A2 Adiós Goodbye
AC Hace Form Of Hacer
AKI Aquí Here
AMR Amor Aove
AORA Ahora Now
ASDC Al salir de clase After Class
ASIAS Gracias Thanks
B Bien Well, Good
BBR Beber To Drink
C Sé, Se I Know
CAM Cámara Camera
CDO Cuando When
CHAO, Chau, adiós Goodbye
D De From, Of
D2 Dedos Fingers
DCR Decir To Say
DFCL Difícil Difficult
DIM Dime Tell Me
DND Dónde Where
EMS Hemos We Have
ERS Eres Tú You Are, Are You?
EXO Hecho Act
EYS Ellos They
INDE Fin de Semana Weekend
FSTA Fiesta Party
GRRR Enfadado Angry
HL Hasta Luego See You Later
HLA Hola Hello
IWAL Igual Equal
K Que, qué That, What
KBZA Cabeza Head
KLS Clase Class
KM Como As, Like
KNTM Cuéntame Tell Me
KO Estoy Muerto I’m In Big Trouble
KYAT Cállate Shut Up
M1ML Mándame un Mensaje Luego Send Me A Message Later
MIM Misión Imposible Mission Impossible
MSJ Mensaje Message
MXO Mucho A Lot
NPH No Puedo Hablar I Can’t Talk Now
NPN No Pasa Nada Nothing’s Happening
PA Para, Padre For, Father
PCO Poco A Little
PDT Piérdete Get Lost
PF Por favor Please
Q Que That, What
Q ACS? Qué haces What Are You Doing?
QAND, Qando, Cuándo When
QDMS Quedamos We Are Stayinh
Q PLOMO! Qué plomo What A Drag!
Q QRS? Qué quieres? What Do You Want?
Q RISA! Qué Risa! What A Laugh!
Q SEA Qué Sea Whatever
Q TAL? Qué Tal What’s Happening?
SALU2 Saludos Hello, Goodbye
SBS? Sabes? Do You Know?
SPRO Espero I Hope
T Te You
TAS OK? Estás bien? Are You Ok?
TB También Also
TQ Te Quiero I Love You
TQI Tengo Que Irme I Have To Leave
UNI Universidad University, College
VNS? Vienes? Are You Coming?
VOS Vosotros You (Plural)
WPA Guapa! Sweet!
XDON Perdón Sorry
XFA Por favor Please
XO Pero But
XQ Porque Because, Why
YMAM, YMM Llámame Call Me
ZZZ Dormir Sleeping
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Collecting Phone Numbers: 5 Useful Tips

Collecting Phone Numbers

So you have finally made the decision to get into SMS marketing but now you face the looming question of how you are going to collect phone numbers to kickstart your campaign. Although it is an overwhelming and tedious task, ultimately the end result will be worth it. Do not worry a bit because we are here to guide you through the whole process of collecting phone numbers.

How to Collect Your Customers’ Cell Phone Numbers List

Before you start to collect phone numbers, there are a couple of things you should know. First and foremost, no matter how tempting purchasing a ready-made list of phone numbers might be, that is the one thing you should avoid doing at all costs. The purchase itself is not illegal by any means.

However, sending text messages to potential customers who have not opted in to your campaign is illegal in most countries and is subject to heavy monetary fines. It is best to learn the laws regarding SMS marketing in your jurisdiction to avoid committing anything illegal (learn more in our anti-spam policy).

Secondly, monetary fines aside, sending unsolicited text messages to people can and will stain the reputation of your company. Any further communication from that point on—regardless of whether or not you have people’s consent—will be viewed as spam. That is pretty hard to recover from and will render all your future SMS marketing efforts useless.

According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, around 96% of Americans own a cell phone device of some kind. What is the one marketing channel that has the ability to reach them all at once? You guessed it right, text messaging. SMS marketing is downright the most efficient communication channel available right now and no other technology even comes close.

But reaching people on their cell phone devices is half the work. The other half is acquiring the cell phone numbers of said people. The tricky part is that contrary to most other marketing channels (e.g. email), you need people’s written consent in order to send them promotional text messages.

With that said, let’s discuss how you can collect a list of cell phone numbers for your text marketing campaign. Growing your subscribers’ list is important. It ensures that promotional messages put out by your company reach more customers, thus increasing potential business.

  • Create a Unique Keyword

One of the ways customers can opt in is by sending a designated keyword to your company’s short code (more on that here). Keywords have to be easy-to-remember as well as relevant to your company. People are exposed to all kinds of information on daily basis, so even the most interested customers might forget the keyword to subscribe to your campaign right away. Creating a memorable keyword is one way to make sure that it will stick to people’s minds.

  • Promote Your Keyword Everywhere

It is a no brainer that if you want people to subscribe to your campaign, you have got to get the word out about it. That means advertising your keyword everywhere possible to get as much exposure for it as you can. Irrespective of where you intend to advertise your keyword—could be company’s website, social media accounts or even email newsletters—the important thing is to prominently display your keyword alongside a call-to-action to attract new subscribers.

  • Create a Sign-Up Form on Your Website

While texting a keyword to subscribe to a text marketing campaign is the most popular way of growing your subscribers base, a good alternative is having people opt in through a sign-up form directly from your website. It makes the process easy in addition to giving customers more options.

  • Provide Incentives to Subscribers

Do you want people to opt in to your campaign willingly? Provide them with incentives to do so. People realize their phone numbers are valuable information, so you have to create a reason for them to willingly share their numbers. Whether you do it through exclusive perks or discounts, it is important people know that there is something in it for them when they are subscribed.

  • Host Text Contests

By far the easiest way to collect a cell phone numbers list for marketing is hosting text contests. Create a contest with a desirable prize and ask people for their phone numbers to enter the contest and earn sweepstakes. It is as easy as that. Not only does your list of subscribers increase but also brand awareness and customer engagement. It is an all-in-one combo.

Text marketing facilitates business developments, increases sales and helps build brand loyalty. Not to mention no other channel provides customer engagement at the level SMS marketing does. Start collecting phone numbers today to reap the benefits of text marketing and grow your business.

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16 Simple Texting Tricks to Use Today

Texting Tricks

Text messaging has become an integral part of people’s lives. Almost everyone uses it multiple times a day for communication purposes. However, what most people are not aware of is that there are texting tricks out there that can significantly enhance your texting experience.

Since nowadays entire conversations can be held through text messaging, we think that these cool text tricks will come in handy and that you will find use for them in the future. We are going to cover iPhone texting tricks, in particular because the iOS device is full of them.

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  • Sending Handwritten Messages

A feature that has gone widely unnoticed by iPhone users is the ability to send handwritten text messages. This feature allows you to add a more personal touch to your text messages. The good thing about it is that it is not particularly hard to access and use—all you need to do is simply tilting your iOS device horizontally and tapping the handwriting icon at the bottom right corner of your keyboard.

  • Replying Directly from Notifications

iPhone models newer than the 6S come with the 3D touch feature that brings up more options when you press the screen in different amounts of finger pressure. As far as text messaging is concerned, this lets you reply to text messages without opening the Messages app. It takes just a single hard press on the message notification from either the lock screen or notifications center to access this option. Ideal for situations when you are in a hurry and need to reply as quickly to a message as possible.

  • Shaking to Undo Typing Errors

Sometimes you write a long message only to have it deleted by mistake. Instead of rewriting the same message, you can simply shake your iPhone which will bring up a prompt giving you the option to undo your last action.

  • Accessing Symbols and Accents

Sometimes going through the extra inconvenience of switching back and forth between numeric and alphabetic keyboards can be too much. This is why iPhone keyboards come equipped with a hard press feature that allows you to quickly access symbols and accents by holding the letters.

  • Adding and Using Custom Shortcuts

There are times when you are too busy to type in a full text message. Maybe you are on the go or in a business meeting, and you just cannot afford spending any time on writing a full message. Fortunately, iOS devices allow you to add your own custom shortcuts to create phrases that you might use frequently during text message conversations. To enable this feature, go to “Keyboard Settings” then open “Shortcuts” and select the “Add a Shortcut” option. From there, it is pretty much self-explanatory what you have to do.

  • Setting Custom Text Tones and Vibrations

Would not it be cool if anytime you received a text message, you just knew who it came from without having to look? Well, that is totally possible. Simply open your contacts lists and edit their text tones and vibrations to your choice. You can even create custom vibrations of your own.

  • Making iPhone Read the Text Messages

Another cool feature that comes with iOS devices is having the ability to have your phone read out the text messages you receive. Ideal for situations like when you are driving a car and cannot look at your phone to read a message.

To enable this option, go to Settings > Accessibility > Speech and tap the Speak Selection option.

Afterwards, any time you receive a message just hold it and tap the Speak option.

iMessage Tricks

When Apple rolled out iMessage, it was expected that it would add some new cool features to their default text messaging app. The following is a list of new iMessage text tricks that you can use when it is enabled on your iPhone. To use these texting tricks, make sure you have Internet connection.

  • Sharing Location

Ever had trouble describing where you exactly are to a friend? Maybe you planned to meet at a newly-opened bar and your friend just cannot get the location right, even after you described it for them several times. Now with a simple tap of a button, you can share your location with a friend using the iMessages on iPhone. Click the little “i” icon on the top right of your screen and hit the “Send My Current Location” button. This will share your location (with a map attached) with your friend through a text message.

  • Sending GIFs

One of the best features that most messaging apps like Facebook’s messenger have is the ability to send each other GIFs. With the new update, iPhone’s new messaging system, iMessage, also has this feature added. Simply click the “A” icon and search for GIFs with keywords. This makes your text message conversations more engaging and interactive.

  • Reacting to Messages

Most iPhone users may be oblivious to this, but with iMessage, you can now also react to text messages. If you do not feel like replying, you can simply react to the message to let the other person know you are not ignoring. Reasons can vary but you get the gist of it. To react to messages, hold the message bubble until the reaction options appear. Then select the reaction of your choice (or one that is appropriate).

  • Replacing Text with Emojis

This is also a feature that you may not discover until you play around with iMessage for a while. You can replace certain words in your text message with emojis. After you are done writing the text message, open up the emoji keyboard which will automatically highlight the words that can be replaced with a relevant emoji.

  • Sending Secret Messages

The invisible ink feature lets you cover your text messages with pixel dust, that the recipient would need to swipe over to actually read the message.

  • Turning on/off Read Receipts

Most messaging apps by default come with read receipts turned on. iMessage is no exception to that. However, what makes it different from other such apps is that you can actually turn this feature off.

WhatsApp Text Tricks

WhatsApp is currently one of the most used text messaging apps in the world. Beyond making communication easier with its well-optimized texting, calling and video-calling experience, there are certain features people might be unaware of. Here we present some of the best, perhaps hidden to some extent, WhatsApp texting tricks.

  • Changing Text Format

WhatsApp gives you plenty of customization options as far as text formatting goes. You can make your text bold, italic, change the font (and size) or add a strikethrough effect. You can do this by either using shortcuts or through text format options. WhatsApp has produced a guide that can offer much more information on this.

  • Quote-Replying to Messages

When you are having a conversation with someone or a group, the texting pace may just be too much to allow you to respond to certain messages before they are buried deep in conversation. Thankfully, with WhatsApp, you can quote messages and reply directly to them to manage the context of your conversation. If you want to quote a certain message, hold down the message and swipe left. You will notice that the quoted message will be attached to the message you are about to send.

  • Disabling Read Receipts

For obvious reasons, some people hate read receipts. Whatever reason you may have for it, and we do not want to cover that, WhatsApp gives you the option to turn it off.

Head to Settings > Account > Privacy and untick the Read Receipts option.

The upside is that people will not see when you have read their message. The downside is that it works both ways, so you will not see when the recipient has read your own message.

Some of these text tricks are pretty useful features that are not especially explicit in presentation, so you may have missed them or were basically unaware of their existence. Hopefully, with this guide, you have learned new texting tips and tricks that you can use in the future.

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Marketing Budget: Everything You Need to Know

Marketing Budget

Marketing is an important part of every successful business. It plays a huge role in starting, sustaining and ultimately expanding a business. But marketing comes at a cost, sometimes creating a financial burden for most companies. To create a sound and financially stable environment, most businesses allocate a portion of their firm budget as a marketing budget.

Marketing budgets can range from small to astronomical amounts depending on the scale of the business. It is, however, a fair assumption that marketing budgets have increased exponentially over time. With digital marketing becoming more prominent, thus increasing the number of marketing channels all across, there has been a consistent and noticeable surge in costs.

Marketing expenses are not set in stone, though. Rarely can companies know exactly how much money they are going to spend on marketing. Most of the time, it all comes down to rough estimates. A lot of what you are going to spend on marketing depends on what kind of marketing activities you will be engaging in and which channels you will be using.

Expected Percent Change in Marketing Budgets in Next 12 Months

Expected Percent Change in Marketing Budgets in Next 12 Months

Figure 1. Courtesy of Cmosurvey.org

In the last decade or so, marketing budgets have remained consistent with small increases year-over-year. Marketing spend is expected to increase over previous years as well in 2019 and 2020. Interestingly enough, as marketing spend experiences a steady increase every year, the marketing budgets remain fairly consistent as a percent of the firm budget.

Though, marketing spend tends to fluctuate when accounted as a percentage of company revenue, hovering around 6.5% to 8.5%. To what extent, percentage-wise, companies allocate marketing budget (considering firm budget and company revenues) vastly depends on what kind of business they are. The following table illustrates the differences in marketing spend for different types of businesses.

Business Type % of Firm Budget % of Company Revenues
Business-to-Business (B2B) Product 9.2% 6.3%
Business-to-Business Service 8.9% 6.9%
Business-to-Client (B2C) Product 16% 9.6%
Business-to Client Service 14.9% 11.8%

Since marketing now has two forms, traditional and digital, it is important to understand how marketing spend differs between the two. The offline marketing space has been experiencing steep decline for years now, dropping single-digit percentages every year. In contrast, the online marketing space is experiencing incredible growth, with percentages in double digits each year.

Percent Change in Traditional Advertising Vs Digital Marketing Spend in Next 12 Months

Figure 2. Courtesy of Cmosurvey.org

What this entails is that businesses are slowly shifting their attention, and consequently financial means, from traditional forms of marketing (e.g. TV, radio, newspapers, billboards, etc.) to the digital ones. An eMarketer report shows that in 2017 digital ad spend surpassed TV ad spend for the first time in US history: $72.01 billion or 35.8% of total ad spend for TV and $77.37 billion or 38.4% of total ad spend for digital.

The report also estimates the gap will only get bigger with time, with digital ad spend being 36% bigger than TV by 2020. Moreover, it is totally possible that by the end of 2019 digital ad spend will surpass all traditional media ad spend combined. That is not all, though. The growth of digital ad spend does not end there. By 2023, it will account for around 67% of total media ad spend, capturing two-thirds of the market.

Marketing Budget Breakdown

We all know what a marketing budget is: a percentage of a business’s total budget that is dedicated to marketing and advertising. But let’s break it down even further to understand what it is comprised of.

Here is a marketing budget breakdown, showcasing what expenses you should expect when planning your own marketing budget.

  • Direct expenses of marketing activities
  • Social media
  • Marketing employees
  • Marketing analytics
  • Marketing research
  • Marketing training
  • Sales employees
  • Other costs associated with marketing

A Gartner study conducted in 2018 shows that marketers intend to spend 29% of their marketing budget on new marketing techniques such as email marketing platforms, web content management, and digital marketing analytics platforms.

Clearly, marketing technology is seen as the highest priority for high profile marketers and is as such the number one area of investment due to its ever-growing importance.

The following figure shows what expenses companies usually include in their marketing budgets.

Expenses Included in Marketing Budgets (% of Companies)

Figure 3. Courtesy of Gartner.com

But a marketing budget breakdown goes way beyond surface level expenditures. What constitutes “direct expenses of marketing activities” are a series of financial investments made across various marketing channels. Marketing channels can be of two kinds, offline and online.

Nevertheless, with traditional media forms suffering huge declines every year, it is in every business’s best interest to allocate most of their marketing budget towards the online/digital channels.

Here are some key findings from Forrester Research and eMarketer reports that show how marketing budgets were allocated across different marketing channels, and include estimations for future reference.

  • In 2018, the average business allocated 42% of their total marketing budget to online channels, a number that is expected to grow to 45% by 2020.
  • Search engine marketing has captured the largest share of online spend, with online display marketing coming as a close second.
    Online video marketing has the potential for the highest growth among all channels and is estimated to have double the investments [from 2016] by 2021.
  • Social media advertising continues to grow with 17% compound annual growth and represented 25% of total online marketing ad spend in 2018.
  • Digital marketing has an 11% compound annual growth rate.
  • Mobile marketing’s share in total marketing budgets has risen almost 8% since 2017, from 3.7% to 11.2% in 2019.
  • By 2021, 46% of all ad spend will be comprised of investments in paid search, display advertising, online video advertising, email marketing, and social media marketing.

The digital space is full of marketing channels. When allocating your marketing budget, what you should consider is which channel will prove to be the best bang for your buck and have the highest return on investment (ROI).

A recent survey shows that email marketing has the highest ROI results for digital marketers, followed closely by social media marketing. The following figure shows an exact breakdown of all channels in terms of delivered results for over 2,500 digital marketers.

Marketing Channel ROI Across Industries

Figure 4. Courtesy of Getresponse.com

As far as digital platform investments go, a report by Hanapin Marketing found that 62% of marketers planned to increase their PPC (pay-per-click) budgets in the future, with Google Ads leading the way as a PPC platform planned to be invested in. Following Google Ads is Facebook’s own ad platform—the only true competitor to paid search platforms—which is expected to see 66% more investments by marketers.

However, since other social media networks fall behind in terms of paid marketing and advertising opportunities, paid search channels still remain at the top spot over social media channels in terms of marketing investments.

Ultimately, how marketing budgets are allocated is contingent upon what channels are planned to be used and how much of financial investment is to be made. And the numbers, despite only being estimates, can change based upon industry, business type, and target demographics as well as marketing objectives.

Marketing Budget Percentage by Industry

The average marketing budget differs from one industry to another. However, that does not mean there is not any data showing marketing budget percentage by industry. In fact, a 2018 study done by Gartner fully breaks down marketing spending by industry.

Marketing Spending as Percent of Company Revenues by Industry

Figure 5. Courtesy of Gartner.com

Businesses that fall under the category of “Consumer Services” lead the way in marketing spend, devoting almost 19% of their company revenues to the marketing budget. Perhaps unsurprisingly, manufacturing and mining/construction allocate the least amount of money for marketing.

Furthermore, the study also found the biggest companies—those with more than $10 billion annual revenue—tend to spend the most on digital advertising. Digital advertising aside, the marketing budgets (as a percentage of total revenue) of these companies can range from 20% all the way to a staggering 50%.

To some extent, there is a direct correlation between huge marketing budgets and increased annual revenues. Companies that spend more on marketing, tend to generate more revenue, as evidenced by the largest businesses around the world.

How Much Do Companies Spend on Marketing?

The numbers vary across industries, so there is no exact number one can report for how much money companies spend on marketing. The common recommendation for businesses of any background and scale is the 5% rule—that is dedicating 5% of your revenue to your marketing budget. But that is a one-size-fits-all approach that may or may not suit a lot of businesses.

The US Small Business Administration, on the other hand, suggests spending 7-8% of gross revenue on marketing (for companies with <$5 million annual revenue and net profit margin of 10-12%).

Other such research studies conducted on marketing budgets have come up with a general percentage margin:

  • New Companies – 12-20% on marketing of gross revenue.
  • Established Companies – 6-12% on marketing of gross revenue.

Marketing Budget Template

Developing a marketing budget is an overwhelming and tedious task. When you are in the process of planning a marketing budget, there are a lot of things to be considered and if you forget anything by chance, it can have catastrophic results. This is where you need a marketing budget template, one that can comprehensively include and summarize any and all expenses you plan to encounter on the way. Using a marketing budget template can serve as a roadmap or a guideline and will help you a lot in terms of financial planning and preparation for the future.

Thankfully, there are a great number of resources on the Internet that provide free marketing budget templates that you can use. It is a good start for those who are not particularly great or excel at developing budgets on their own.

Here are a couple of marketing budget templates that you can use for reference.

Marketing Budget Plan (Download)

Annual Marketing Budget Plan (Download)

Simple Marketing Budget (Download)

Digital Marketing Budget Template

Digital marketing budgets are a little bit different from standard marketing budgets. Some of them are pretty comprehensive and include a lot of categories of digital marketing that you would otherwise forget or fail to include.

Here is a good example of a digital marketing budget template that you can use to build a single strategic budget plan for a digital marketing campaign.

Digital Marketing Budget Plan (Download)

In case your marketing campaign is focused on social media, here is a template that is geared more towards such use. You can put down your current expenses, make projections and track the remaining budget on monthly or yearly basis.

Social Media Marketing Budget Plan (Download)

Additionally, if you need help with calculations, there are plenty of calculators on the web that can assist you with that task. WebStrategies offers a marketing budget calculator for free, all you need to do is register on their website to start using it.

Marketing Budget Example

Even with all the ready-made templates and calculators available, it may be hard to envision how to form your own marketing budget. Don’t worry, we have you covered in that department too. The following is a sample marketing budget that will give more insight into the marketing budget breakdown from a financial standpoint.

But before we get started, let’s get clear on a couple of points. Prior to putting together your marketing budget, you should try to answer the following questions:

  1. What your priorities are?
  2. What your objective is?
  3. What marketing channels you are going to use (traditional and/or digital)?
  4. Whether you have the necessary resources to follow through?

If you have the answers to all those questions, you have the green light to start forming your marketing budget. With that said, let’s go over our hypothetical marketing budget to give you a better overview of how it is done.

So let’s say you have a total $100,000 budget for marketing. Here is how you can portion the budget for multiple marketing activities.

  • Email Marketing: 5-10% ($5,000-$10,000)
  • Inbound Content Marketing: 20-25% ($20,000-$25,000)
  • Company Website: 10-15% ($10,000-$15,000)
  • Public Relations and Influencer Marketing: 20-25% ($20,000-$25,000)
  • Social Media Ads, SEM (Search Engine Marketing) and PPC (Pay-per-click): 20-25% ($20,000-$25,000)
  • Traditional Media Marketing: 10-15% ($10,000-$15,000)

The list again is completely hypothetical and only serves to be an example of how you can allocate your marketing budget. In the end, it completely depends on what channels your business plans to use and what marketing activities you will be engaging in.

Marketing Budget for Small Business

Launching a small business, or maintaining one for that matter, comes with a multitude of hurdles that need to be handled. At this point, it may seem like beating a dead horse but it needs to be said that marketing is more often overlooked by small businesses.

Whether it is because of financial issues or other tasks piling up on owners, there can be many reasons stopping small businesses from ever engaging in marketing.

But, after all, how are customers ever going to find out about your small business if they have no idea it exists? Marketing is an absolute must in this day and age where even that little bit of edge can get you ahead of your competitors, more so when talking about small businesses.

No one is suggesting to spend more than you can afford on marketing. In fact, marketing on a small budget is absolutely a thing among small businesses. The good part is that a lot of highly effective marketing channels (that also boast good ROI rates) are pretty affordable for the most part.

The marketing budget is usually based on a certain percentage of total company revenue. According to the Small Business Administration, the average marketing budget for small businesses to be around 7-8% of your total revenue. This number leans on the safer side and comes with the assumption that the small business’ net profit margin hovers around 10-12% range. However, small business marketing budgets are also predicted to increase on a yearly basis.

A Statista report states that SMEs (Small to Medium Enterprises) in the United States indicate heavy usage of digital and social media for marketing purposes due to couple of factors such as low costs, potential reach, and referral potential. With a limited budget for marketing, it is obvious that social media would take the top spot as the most preferred marketing channel by small businesses.

As far as small business marketing budget statistics are concerned, a similar report by Statista found that almost half of the businesses in the United States dedicated less than $10,000 to their marketing budgets. The following figure shows the results of the survey.

Figure 6. Courtesy of Statista.com

Startup Marketing Budget

Startup companies are very much similar to small businesses when it comes to marketing budgets. In order to grow the company, logically startups have to invest money in marketing to earn money. The problem lies in the fact that most startups are barely scraping by, having no spare money to spend on things that are not absolutely necessary for their survival.

Some other challenges that startups usually face are how and where to market their company as well as how much money to spend during the process. Strategic planning is vital in this regard because when a company is low on cash, every penny counts. Splurging money on marketing just for the sake of it will not yield any positive results for startups. In a way, having an aimless marketing strategy is just about equal to having no marketing at all.

Having established that, one way a startup marketing budget can be calculated is through estimating the gross projected revenue of the company and then using the 10-20% monetary equivalent of the projected figure. A typical marketing budget for a startup (that is 1-5 years old) is around 12-20% of their total revenue, whilst the figure is twice lower for more established companies (1-10%). It is recommended that startups go big with marketing in the beginning, thus devoting more funds to marketing spend, to generate market share and interest. The marketing-related expenditures can then be scaled back to be more in line with the industry average.

Movie Marketing Budget

Movie marketing budgets can be hectic. There are so many factors that ultimately determine how huge the budget can end up being. Especially when talking about Hollywood produced movies that are also marketed overseas, the P&A (Prints and Advertising) costs can get astronomical pretty quick.

Since there is no exact data when it comes to movie marketing costs, specifically for international movies, we will cover the marketing budgets for movies produced in the United States. It also has to be mentioned that P&A costs in the United States do not represent the industry standard. To put this into perspective, the average Hollywood blockbuster according to Hollywood Reporter has a $200 million dollar P&A budget, whereas the whole British film industry as a whole spent around £230 million for P&A in 2017 (Nielsen Media Research).

A medium-sized movie produced in the United States has a marketing budget north of $40 million. Big blockbuster marketing budgets can range from $150-$250 million easily since they are marketing the movies to overseas markets too. While generally movie marketing budgets are not released to the public, it is fair to assume that the typical movie produced in the United States has a seven-figure marketing budget, if not many times more.

The P&A costs (or marketing spend) of a movie can be broken down to five categories.

  • TV commercials
  • Outdoor posters, billboards, and adverts
  • Press adverts
  • Radio commercials
  • Online/Digital marketing

Nonprofit Marketing Budget

Like any other organization, nonprofits also engage in marketing, even though the general trend suggests that most nonprofits spend no dime on marketing. These budgets are significantly smaller when compared to companies in the private sector.

An interesting fact is that over 20% of nonprofits do not have a firm marketing budget at all and only spend money on marketing when the need arises. Yet this is the reason that nonprofits go under pretty quickly. Marketing helps create fundraising opportunities and attract new partnerships, all of which can raise funding on their own.

There is no data available about marketing budgets for non-profit organizations which makes it hard to track their marketing spend or what percentage of their total funds is devoted to marketing.

B2B Marketing Budget

As we have already discussed earlier, B2B marketing budgets tend to be slightly lower than B2C marketing budgets. However, depending on what type of B2B business we are talking about, the marketing budget can vary ever so slightly.

  • B2B Product businesses have a marketing budget that accounts for 9.2% of total firm budget, or 6.3% of total company revenue.
  • B2B Services businesses have a marketing budget that accounts for 8.9% of total firm budget, or 6.9% of total company revenue.

Restaurant Marketing Budget

The restaurant industry is particularly tough and has arguably the highest failure rate across all industries. When the going gets tough and revenues stagnate, most establishments make the mistake of cutting down on marketing costs or abandoning it altogether. In reality, the sensible decision here is to increase the marketing budget by as much as 10% to attract new business and get your restaurant over of the hump.

Restaurant marketing budgets can range from 10-20% of total firm budget but it is generally advised to dedicate around 25-30% of your total budget to marketing for a brand-new restaurant and only then scale down to 12-18% for an established and growing restaurant. Generally speaking, the more money you dedicate to your marketing budget, the more revenue your restaurant will start to gain.

Real Estate Marketing Budget

Realtors do not spend much money on marketing, thus marketing budgets in the real estate industry lie on the lower side of the spectrum. In fact, a study conducted by Real Estate Webmasters discovered that in 2017 53% of realtors dedicated less than $5,000 to their annual marketing budget.

Most of the marketing budget is invested in online channels, where most of the leads are generated. The following chart shows annual marketing spend for the real estate industry (2017).

Figure 7. Courtesy of Realtrends.com

Marketing Budgets of Top Companies

All of the biggest companies in the world have one thing in common—they spend a lot of money on marketing. Below we have listed some of the more notable examples of companies going big with marketing, which helps them cement their place as industry leaders.

Nike

Nike is one of the largest apparel brands on the planet, with their total annual marketing budget trumping most business’ annual gross revenues by a wide margin. Since 2014, their marketing budget has increased from $3.03 billion to $3.75 billion (almost 20% increase). Nike invests huge sums of money into its promotional campaigns and sponsorship agreements with high profile athletes, raising the marketing budget consistently on yearly basis.

Adidas

Along with Nike and Puma, Adidas is one of the top three players in the sports apparel industry. However, its marketing spend does not even come close to Nike’s supremacy, with the latter having an annual marketing budget almost ten times the size of the former. Adidas Group’s marketing budget has been growing steadily from the 2013-2017 period, peaking at $438 million in 2017.

Apple

Apple is one of the best examples of a company experiencing tremendous growth thanks to increasing their marketing spend. The company was in the spotlight in 2015 when they increased their marketing budget by 50%, devoting a total of $1.8 billion to marketing. Their reasoning at the time was that marketing and advertising were crucial in developing and consequently selling new, innovative products. As a result, the company netted $53.4 billion in profits on turnover of $233.7 billion that year.

Coca Cola

Coca Cola has remained fairly consistent in their marketing budget over the last couple of years, with an average of $3.8 billion annual budget for worldwide advertising. Over 20% of that budget (accounting for a total of $899 million) was spent in the United States in 2017 alone. Interestingly enough, with so much cash injected into their marketing efforts, the company’s net revenues dropped by 30% in 2018, amounting to $31.9 billion in the end.

McDonald’s

McDonald’s annual marketing budget has been hectic for the last decade, with no sign of consistency shown in between. It has had both its ups and downs on yearly basis. The global fast food franchise spent $808.2 million in marketing expenses in 2014 but since then the number has drastically dropped to $532.9 million in 2017.

Amazon

Amazon is a global giant of a corporation and, unsurprisingly enough, their marketing spend in the fiscal year 2018 amounted to over $13 billion, having an increase of $3 billion from 2017. Most of the marketing costs were comprised of targeted online advertising, TV ads, sponsored search and third party referrals.

Costco

The retail giant spends next to nothing on marketing and advertising, which may come as a surprise to most. Instead, their whole marketing model is based on attracting clients through wholesale discounts. In this regard, their business model is eerily similar to Inditex—the parent company of Zara and the biggest fashion retailer in the world—which also does not spend anything on marketing, yet experiences tremendous business growth.

Geico Marketing Budget

GEICO’s marketing budget is the largest in the auto insurance industry by a long distance. The Berkshire Hathway-financed company had a marketing budget of $1.18 billion in 2013, placing them in the top five most advertising brands in any industry in the United States.

Red Bull

Red Bull’s marketing expenditures amount to a total of $2.1 billion, which might not seem much at first glance (considering the size of the company and its dominance in the US market), but is shockingly high when you take into account that the amount represents 84% of their gross profits.

Credit Union

Not much data is available on how much the marketing budget is for credit unions, though it is estimated that they have a marketing budget close to $500 million annually.

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Text Blockers: Best 14 Picks

Text Blockers

Reaching out to people today is easier than ever because of the abundance of mobile phones. A study conducted in the United States showed that 96% of Americans use mobile phones and 81% use smartphones.

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While it may be an asset that most people have a phone and are reachable much easier, it creates a solid ground for phishing crimes and spam messaging. Aside from being annoying for the recipients, those messages can also steal important personal information from the mobile devices.

Thankfully, app developers have created text blockers to ensure secure mobile experience for users. A text blocker, as its name suggests, blacklists text messages and calls from unwanted senders.

There are numerous text message blocking apps for both iOS and Android phones that are easy to find on app stores. Using one is essential if you want keep secret data on your phone. Below we’ve listed the best SMS blockers for Android and iOS devices.

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Calls Blacklist is one of the best Android apps to block text messages and calls.

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It has a wide variety of features. It particularly stands out with its flexible customization. Calls Blacklist allows you to block numbers with the same first few digits.

This is especially useful when you keep receiving spam calls from another country. Furthermore, this text blocker app has a feature to block numbers only on certain times of a day. You can use this in case you don’t want those numbers to call you out of work or during a meeting.

Size: 3.5 MB
Requirements: Android 4.0 or higher

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This is yet another SMS blocking app for Android that will keep you safe from unwanted messages.

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It also helps to backup and restore messages, which is especially useful when you receive a lot of them.

Key Messages is the only text blocking app for Android that supports MMS features without any hassle. Amazing as it is, this app also clears annoying duplicated text messages. It can fully replace your default messaging app with its functionality. There are only a few free text blockers that can come close to being this practical.

Size: 19 MB
Requirements: Android 5.1 or higher

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Call Blocker is a multifunctional call and text blocker app for Android.

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It blocks calls and messages from unwanted numbers without any notification. Unlike most of its competitors, Call Blocker has a log for keeping blocked text messages and calls. Additionally, it can identify spam callers and block them by itself.

Size: 3 MB
Requirements: Android 7.0 or higher

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If you are looking for a text blocker app for Android to keep your child’s phone safe, this one is for you.

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This app blocks all the calls and messages from anonymous numbers. You can create a blacklist of numbers manually or from your contact list. It is one of the best android text blockers with its interface.

Size: 2.9 MB
Requirements: Android 4.0.3

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Call Control has rather the same text blocking features with most of the apps in this list.

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You can choose the blocked calls to be either automatically rejected or picked up and rejected after. It has wildcard blocking and area code blocking features, which are useful for protection against international spammers.

Size: 16 MB
Requirements: Android 5.0 or higher

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Blacklist has rather similar features with Calls Blacklist.

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The difference is that it only blocks incoming calls. The app has a user-friendly interface and can block complete phone numbers, numbers starting with or containing particular digits. This text message block app will consume only a tiny bit of memory from your phone.

Size: 4.3 MB
Requirements: Android 4.4 or higher

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Root Call SMS Manager is an Android text blocker app that supports dual SIM phones and has a built-in scheduler to block numbers on different times.

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This SMS blocking app is the lightest in this list. Its system settings are a little complicated, yet the app page on Play Store includes clear instructions.

Size: 1.3 MB
Requirements: Android 2.2

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Mr. Number is the best text blocking app for iPhone.

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Its key features include but are not limited to blacklist management, warnings for spam calls and text messages, call blocking based on location, spam call blocking before picking them up and so on. The app has a very convenient feature through which you can look up the numbers calling you in its massive database. The feature also tells you what the name of the caller is likely to be.

Size: 54.5 MB
Requirements: iOS 11 or later

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Truecaller is an outstanding text message blocking app that you can use to make calls or even have a free group chat with your friends.

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Aside from the very basic functions, this text blocker app allows you to check whether your contacts are on another call or not before calling them. Truecaller also has a database that you can use to look up a phone number and the name of the caller. However, most of these awesome features don’t come free. The prices start from $2.99 and can reach up to $249.99. The size of the app is a little larger than the rest of its competitors and it works only with internet connection.

Size: 193.1 MB
Requirements: iOS 11 or later

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Hiya is another feature-rich call and SMS blocker app.

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It identifies robocalls, telemarketers, debt collectors and blocks them automatically. However, as opposed to the first two apps, you may receive the notification of the call with a spam warning on it. This text blocker has a reverse phone lookup option, which allows you to disclose unsaved numbers with their names. The app is cost-efficient for long term use. Yearly premium package only costs $14.99.

Size: 85.7 MB
Requirements: iOS 11 or later

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SMS Shield is a free spam message blocker app for iPhone that finds junk messages with a high efficiency.

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It has a unique feature called “Traveler Mode” for people who travel often. Turning this feature on prevents from receiving unwanted messages from different mobile operators in each country. The advantage of this feature is that it operates in different languages, and so does the whole app.

Size: 13.7 MB
Requirements: iOS 11 or later

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VeroSMS is a free SMS blocking app for iPhone that has all of the most basic features for text message blocker.

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It is simple to use and has a user-friendly interface. The app is only for blocking text messages by keywords. VeroSMS gives unlimited keywords to blacklist or whitelist. You can set the app to automatically block text messages from anyone out of your contact list.

Size: 15.9 MB
Requirements: iOS 11 or later

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This is a completely free text blocking app that is worth considering if you live in a non-English speaking country.

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SMS Blocker for iPhone can block text messages in 25 different languages. It is lighter than most text blockers that work with iOS.

Size: 21.8 MB
Requirements: iOS 11 or higher

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Call Bliss operates the same way that the rest of the apps above do.

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The only difference is that it collects all of the rejected calls in a voicemail to make sure none of them are missed. Call Bliss is very light and easy-to-use. It is also useful for silencing unwanted calls whenever the user wants to concentrate on something else. The app costs only £9.99 for a lifetime subscription.

Size: 5.5 MB
Requirements: iOS 8.0 or later

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In case you wonder how to block one number on Android phone without any additional applications, there is an easy way to do that. All Android phones have default call blocker function, which is very easy to operate.

Step 1: Open the phone app
Step 2: Tap and hold on the number you want to block
Step 3: Click on the “More” button
Step 4: Click on “Add to Blacklist/Block/Report Spam”

The call blocker option can be different depending on the device and its operating system version. If the steps above don’t work for your phone, you can simply click on the number and look for a “Blacklist” button.

Once you’ve blocked a number, removing it from the blacklist is very intuitive. On most Android phones you just need to go into the phone app, click on settings (or the three dots), then on blacklist and on the number you want to unblock.

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Similar to Android phones, iPhones also have a call blocker function built-in. It will take you half a minute to manually block a number on iPhone. Here are the 4 steps for it.

Step 1: Open the phone app
Step 2: Click on “Recents”
Step 3: Click on the “i” button next to the number you want to block
Step 4: Click on “Block this caller” at the bottom of the opened page

If you block someone accidentally, you can unblock them by going into Settings > Phone > Call Blocking & Identification. This will show you the list of blocked numbers. You can then tap on Edit button and unblock the necessary numbers.

According to the anti-spam policy of SendSMS.Global, text messages are only sent to numbers that have opted into the system. This decreases the chances of unsubscriptions from SMS campaigns.

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Best Messaging App for Android: Top 25 Picks

Best Android Messaging Apps

The concept of text message apps has evolved from social media networks which, obviously, offered a private messaging feature. What was once just an integrated feature on those websites has evolved to become its own separate thing, in the form of a standalone texting app. Nowadays, messaging apps on mobile platforms have more traction on a daily basis than most apps can even come close to. The popularity is through the roof. The ease of use, combined with the convenience these apps provide, is a reason big enough to justify their tremendous growth in usage. The biggest messaging apps, which are part of Facebook’s “Family” services, have an estimated 2.1 billion unique users daily. Facebook owns two of the best messaging apps for Android currently available on the market—WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

Most, if not all, text messaging apps use an Internet connection to provide their services and act as a substitute for SMS. Though some also require a phone number for registration like Viber and WhatsApp. As far as operating systems go—which on mobile platforms are limited to Android and iOS—messenger apps are not exclusive to any such system, meaning they are available on both iOS and Android devices. Fair to say that even though some of the best messaging apps have desktop versions of themselves—whether it be through website integration or a standalone app—their mobile equivalents are more widely used. Consequently, messaging apps have replaced instant messaging platforms like Yahoo! Messenger and Windows Live Messenger (which were only available on desktop computers).

Ever since smartphones became popular, people have migrated from using traditional calling and texting. Thus, using SMS for messaging purposes has slowly lost its relevance. The main key difference between messaging apps and traditional SMS lies in pricing. The latter carries financial charges, whereas the former is free and has minimal data charge. In most countries, using SMS as means of communication is losing prevalence among consumers. Most notably European countries have seen as much as a 66% decrease in SMS usage. That is, however, not the case for the United States where SMS has managed to maintain its popularity thanks to telecommunications carriers that offer free SMS messages as part of their mobile plans.

So what do these texting apps offer that SMS does not? Why do people actually prefer to use messaging apps as opposed to traditional SMS? The answer boils down to couple of factors, each presenting its own, unique value.

Features of the Best Android Texting Apps

If we put aside the cost aspect, messaging apps provide multitude of features that are unavailable on SMS. Here is a list of some key features for reference:

  • Group chats

  • Voice and video calls

  • Broadcast ability

  • File sharing (audio, video, pictures, etc.)

  • Cloud storage

  • Conversational e-commerce

If the file-sharing is not enough, you can install these apps to download videos and access them without and internet. With that said, let’s discuss what some of the best messaging apps for Android are. The Google-owned operating system boasts an incredible collection of texting apps. Even though it is hard to say which is the best messaging app for Android—since it is mostly down to personal preference—we will try to outline the ones that rose to popularity thanks to their quality of service and unique features. The following is a comprehensive list of the best text messaging apps for Android.

Best Messaging Apps for Android

  1. Facebook Messenger

    An extension of Facebook’s direct messaging feature through a standalone app. Regardless of whether you like Facebook or not, the Messenger is one of the best messaging apps out there.

    Facebook Messenger

  2. Android Messages

    This is the built-in default messaging app on your Android device. It is simple to use and has a user-friendly interface. The good news? Google is going to add new features to it pretty soon.

    Android Messages

  3. WhatsApp Messenger

    An all-encompassing messaging app that gives you the ability to text and call just about anyone. It is free of charge and works through an Internet connection.

    WhatsApp Messenger

  4. Slack

    Slack is a chat room that is primarily targeted towards corporate working environment to replace traditional email communication between employees.

    Slack

  5. Hangouts

    With Hangouts, you can keep in touch with your contacts through messages and video/voice calls. Communication with contacts is free, though charges may apply for any outside communication.

    Hangouts

  6. Telegram

    A VoIP and instant messaging app that is cloud-based and is exclusively available on mobile devices. Users can send text messages and media files.

    Telegram

  7. Snapchat

    A unique messaging app that you use to snap moments of your life and share with friends or the public. All messages are timed and deleted after they are expired.

    Snapchat

  8. Skype

    Skype is a cross-platform communications app that is specialized in video chats and voice calls. You can also send texts and media files. Skype, however, is not a strictly messaging app.

    Skype

  9. Viber

    Viber is a VoIP and instant messaging application that is available on all platforms.

    Viber

  10. Instagram Direct

    Instagram Direct is not a standalone app like most other messenger apps as it is the integrated messaging function within Instagram’s own app. You can text with friends and share media files.

    Instagram Direct

  11. WeChat

    WeChat is the most famous Chinese messaging app that serves multiple purposes, from messaging to social media to mobile payments.

    WeChat

  12. Chomp SMS

    One of the oldest Android messaging apps that has been constantly updated with each new software update. It is a free app that has some cool features like quick reply pop-up, different themes, blocking and Wear OS support.

    Chomp SMS

  13. Evolve SMS

    It has great customization options that provide unique personalized messaging experience for every user.

    EvolveSMS

  14. Handcent Next SMS

    This app is as old as Android itself, though has managed to reinvent itself just enough to stay relevant through all these years. Some of the best features include cloud back-up and the ability to send text messages from computers.

    Handcent Next SMS

  15. Mood Messenger

    One of the highly regarded alternatives to Android’s default messaging app that offers full customization and features such as typing indicator and real timer caller ID.

    Mood Messenger

  16. Pulse SMS

    Pulse adds a powerful web platform to an otherwise standard SMS app to help you access messages from anywhere (tablet, computer, mobile), share all kinds of media files and adds customization for a smooth and powerful experience.

    Pulse SMS

  17. QkSMS

    An open-source messaging app that is free of advertisements (a rarity these days, however a very welcome feature). You can schedule messages, search through your old conversations with advanced filtering and delayed sending.

    QkSMS

  18. Textra SMS

    A beautiful, fast and highly customizable messaging app with tons of useful features like slide to delete, slide to call or send quick reply and voice memos.

    Textra SMS

  19. Yaata SMS

    A user-friendly app that prides itself on being fast and small in size (just under 4MB). It is an SMS/MMS app that has more features than meets the eye from the first glance.

    Yaata SMS

  20. Signal Private Messenger

    Signal is the only private open-source messenger that guarantees 100% safety for calls and messages through special peer-reviewed cryptographic protocols.

    Signal Private Messenger

  21. Discord

    A free cross-platform app with voice and text chat for gamers.

    Discord

  22. Line: Free Calls & Messages

    Free voice and video calls as well as text messages, Line is a free messaging app that supports huge chat rooms that can contain up to 200 people simultaneously.

    Line: Free Calls & Messages

  23. GroupMe

    GroupMe is a messenger used for group conversations. You can add just about anyone via a phone number or email address.

    GroupMe

  24. Obbip Messenger

    Obbip is a messenger that you can use anywhere in the world. With Obbip you can follow the public channels of your favorite influencers and more.

    Obbip Messenger

  25. Wire

    Wire provides encrypted communication between different platforms and can be used to transmit media files and texts as well as make video/voice calls.

    Wire

  26. Chanty

    Chanty is an AI-powered team chat that is accessible via PC and mobile. It offers free to use iOS and Android mobile apps.

Chanty

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How to Send Text From Computer

Text From Computer

I think we can all agree on one point that smartphones these days tend to have bigger screens. Perhaps manufacturers do that to make them more comfortable and practical. However, as much as the screens keep getting bigger, it is still tough for us to compose longer texts on smartphones.

Besides making lots of typos, typing on a sensor screen hurts our fingers and eyes faster than using a keyboard. Most people who experience this annoying situation wish they could send a text from a computer.

Text messages grab the recipient’s attention faster, and they are more convenient. This is one of the reasons that text message marketing is one of the most important components of mobile marketing. Indeed, it is not always convenient to use messenger, WhatsApp or other messaging apps to text to phone from a computer.

So, those who have trouble with typing on a sensor screen long enough may ask themselves, “Can I text from my computer?” Little do they know that the answer is, “Yes, you can send text message from a computer”. Read below to get an in-depth explanation of how to do that.

  1. Send Free Text Messages From Computer by Using Third-Party Websites

There are a lot of ways that you can text from your computer. However, if you want to send an SMS anonymously, the only way is to do it by special websites. Even if you didn’t think of it, there are dozens of reasons that you’d want to text anonymously.

For example, you may want to prank your friend, confess love to someone or if the recipient has blocked your personal phone number, but you have something important to tell them. You can come up with your own reasons and read below to see what are the websites you need to check out for sending anonymous text messages for free.

Note that according to the terms and conditions of those websites, you should not send a text message from a computer to abuse, harass, scare, or any other similar reason. Even if you plan to prank your friend, you need to consider that you may be committed to the offense of fraud. Any actions like these will be considered illegal. If after all this you want to know how to send text from computer anonymously, you can check the websites down here.

SendAnonymousSMS

SendAnonymousSMS is a completely free and user-friendly website, which many think is the best one of its kind. In order to send an anonymous SMS on this website you just need to enter a couple of details.

First, you need to write the SMS sender’s phone number. Apparently, you can write anything you want there since it’s meant to be anonymous. Then, you need to choose the country and write the destination number.

After these steps, you can just write the message text and security code, which is a blurred text that you need to uncover. The website gives you a space for 145 characters. Its most significant advantages are that it doesn’t require registration and has the widest range of countries you can send SMS to.

So if you were wondering before, “Can I text someone from my computer for free?” now you know that you can.

TextEm

TextEm also doesn’t require registration to send text messages from a computer. All you need to do for using the website is writing the recipient’s phone number, mobile carrier, and the text. TextEm allows you to use 150 characters per text.

Although the website allows you to send text messages to over 90 telecom operators, the country range is still limited. In other words, if you live anywhere other than the US, Canada or Europe, you can’t use this website to text a phone from a computer.

SendSMSnow

As opposed to the previous websites, SendSMSnow does require registration. However, it also provides features that no other website does. For example, you can create contacts and send them text messages periodically. You can also view the history of sent messages.

SendSMSnow allows you to send unlimited text messages, but only within a shortlist of countries. The website allows you to use 130 characters for each text message.

Another feature that makes this website stand out is that you can send the same message to a group of people. However, this feature costs a cent per text, which means that it will cost you ten cents to send an SMS to ten people.

TxtDrop

TxtDrop is a great and useful website for sending anonymous text messages. However, only people from the US and Canada can use this website.

The most significant advantage of TxtDrop over others is that you can receive a reply to your message if you wish to. When sending a text message, it gives you space to mention an email address, to which later you’ll receive the replies.

The website is convenient and easy to use. There is no exact character limit mentioned, but it should be approximately from 120 to 160.

Send Text from Computer Using Extensions

Perhaps the most practical way to send a text message from computer to cell phone is through converting email to SMS. This will give you some options of receiving replies and sorting out messages later. There are two easy ways that you can text from a computer.

First, if you use Gmail and one of the popular browsers like Google Chrome or Firefox, you can download and enable an extension to send email as a text message. After downloading the extension, you will see a phone icon near the send button on your Gmail account.

After that, you can compose your message and click on the phone button. It will open up space for you to enter the destination number and send the text message from a computer to phone. If the recipient replies to the text, it comes to your email automatically.

You can send ten messages each month with the extension. However, if you want to upgrade for an unlimited package, you will have to pay around $55/month. Considering that it may come handy in quite a lot of situations, it can easily make up for the price.

This shows you how to text from your computer using Gmail. However, if you don’t prefer using it, or want to know another way to text from computer to cell phone, there is still an alternative for that.

Send Free Text from Email

If you don’t use Gmail or any of the popular browsers mentioned above, this way of sending text from a computer to phone is for you. In order to send free text in this way you will need to know the telecom operator of the recipient and the operator’s gateway address. It is also important to note that this option is available mainly for the US and Canada.

In order to send a text message with this option, you should log in to your email application or website and compose the text that you want to send. After that in the “To” field you need to write the 10-digit destination phone number, then next to it @gateway address.

How do I send a text message to an AT&T phone from my computer?

If you want to send a text message to an AT&T phone from your computer, you will just need these four simple steps.

  • Log in to your email account
  • Compose the text that you want to send
  • In the “To” field write 10-digit [email protected]
  • Send the email as you would normally do

After these steps, the recipient will receive your email as a text message. If the recipient replies to your message, it comes to your email inbox. This is the only way to transfer text messages from iPhone to computer.

Send Text Message From Computer to Verizon

Some telecom operators like Verizon allow their customers to log in to their accounts and text from a computer from their websites. If you want to know whether your telecom operator allows sending text messages from computer, you can check their website for that information.

If your provider is Verizon, you can log in to My Verizon Account, which will let you send free text messages from your computer. The website will allow you to send multimedia messages as well. Additionally, there is a desktop application for computers, in case the customer needs this option.

Besides this, you can also send a text message to Verizon’s phone using the very same four steps described above. The only difference is that you’ll need to write 10-digit [email protected] in the “To” field and send the message. If you need to send text messages to other carrier operators’ phones.

If you are planning to use this option, it is important to know that both the phone and telecom operator need to support MMS services. Besides this, any message that will be longer than 160 characters or contain any kind of attachment, will be sent as an MMS.

The slight issue here is that some providers have different gateway addresses, so you might need to write different address in that case. You can find the gateway addresses for MMS services in the same link above. For AT&T and Verizon, the gateway addresses are respectively 10-digit [email protected] and 10-digit [email protected]

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How SMS Marketing Can Change Your Real Estate Business

SMS Marketing for Real Estate

Marketing in the real estate industry is rapidly changing. Traditional marketing tools and lead generation practices like distributing flyers and business cards and placing ads in newspapers are not producing high quality leads as well as they did back in their heyday. 

In an industry where delivering the right real estate marketing messages to the right people at the right time is crucial, you can’t rely on old school methods to produce results for you. You need to establish a strong online and mobile presence. Adding SMS marketing to your repertoire is essential if you are to succeed in a cutthroat business that is real estate.

The entry of CRM and SMS marketing software solutions has definitely changed the way real estate agents do their business. But how do these innovations, more specifically SMS marketing, impact your real estate business?

  1. Connect Better With Your Current and Prospective Clients

Communication is a key component in the real estate business, which is why it is important that you can quickly touch base with your existing and potential customers whenever they are in the market searching for properties. But what if they are not actively seeking? Or what if you have a property or a list of properties that may spark their interest?

You don’t want your customer reading updates and ads on a two-story, four-bedroom house in Hillsborough when his preference is Los Altos. That’s bad for your branding and certainly bad for your business.

With SMS mobile marketing, you can give your clients and leads updates about properties that are relevant to them based on their information, previous transactions, and browsing history. You can personalize your real estate messages to clients, demonstrating that you care about their needs and specifics and not just bombard their phones with properties that they don’t want at all.

Most SMS marketing software lets you customize the content of your text messages based on a client’s data like their location, the type of properties they are looking for, the floor and lot area, and the number of bedrooms, among others. This ensures that you only provide them with significant updates that they can easily relate with.

  1. Automate Your Responses

A potential buyer responds to your text and you’re not around to make a quick response. Worse, you never got back to that particular customer because all your other messages drowned his query. Any message missed is a huge opportunity that slipped through your grasp.

You are not always online and you won’t be hooked to your phone forever. So what can you do? With an SMS marketing software, you can send automated responses and queries to your clients to keep the conversation going and gather so much data that you are fully aware of your client’s preferences and specifics once you are available to engage him or her.

You no longer have to get back with your prospects and start from the beginning. That’s a complete waste of both your time. Since an SMS marketing platform is equipped with information directly from your customer, you can continue and accelerate their journey into looking over your properties and ultimately making a deal.

If you are not able to close a deal, you can expand your network and create a new source of leads anyway.

  1. Capture and Organize Client Information

It is critical that your SMS marketing software has a CRM tool for real estate business. If not, it is imperative that you integrate it with a third-party CRM platform.

As mentioned earlier, connecting with your clients and prospects is a must in the real estate business. Thus, it is crucial that you are able to capture their information automatically and organize them efficiently. CRMs facilitate in this regard, enabling you to get all the necessary data so you can create an accurate profile per customer. Data collection is automated, freeing you from the hassles and risks that plague manual data transfer/entry and spreadsheet-based processes.

On top of that, having a CRM working alongside your SMS marketing platform enables you to quickly send personalized updates, emails, newsletters, and other marketing content to your clients via various channels. You can also schedule appointments and send reminders to ensure you don’t miss big opportunities.

SMS Marketing is a Must

The number of mobile device users has greatly increased since 2011. According to a 2019 article on mobile device ownership by the Pew Research Center, 96% of Americans now own a mobile device. Eighty-one percent of which operate a smartphone. That’s a huge jump, considering smartphone ownership was pegged at 35% back in 2011.

Several studies have shown that people spend significant time on their mobile devices for a number of purposes, including surfing the Internet, communication, entertainment, shopping, research, and more. With so much research and data supporting the rise of mobile device users and its extensive role in people’s daily lives, It only makes sense for any business to include SMS marketing as part of their overall marketing strategy,

People are with their mobile devices almost all the time, which means you have a greater chance of generating high-quality leads and closing deals by reaching out to them via an SMS than you would with a flyer.

Not all SMS marketing campaigns are guaranteed to work as responses and reactions may vary from people to people. That said, it should be an integral component of your marketing plans. In this world where everything needs to be fast, precise, and relevant, giving your real estate business a boost through SMS marketing is crucial.

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Difference Between SMS and MMS

SMS Vs MMS

Text messaging has become a common part of people’s lives. Nearly everyone sends text messages multiple times on a daily basis. With so many messaging apps available on both iOS and Android devices, it is almost a guarantee that you have used a couple of them in one way or another. Considering the majority of mobile text messages are sent from a phone’s default messaging system, in this article we will cover the differences of MMS Vs. SMS.

There are two types of text messages on mobile phones—SMS and MMS. The differences between the two are not substantial, albeit there is a need for some explaining. The acronym SMS stands for short message service and is a communication protocol intended for sending and receiving text messages through cellular networks. MMS, which stands for multimedia messaging service, is an extension of the same protocol SMS uses that allows for the transmission of multimedia files over text messages.

So beyond that, what is the difference between SMS and MMS?

SMS messages have a restriction of 160 characters per text message, whereas MMS messages allow for unlimited characters. Another difference, much more significant in essence, is that MMS—as opposed to SMS—allows you to embed media files on a text message (i.e. images, audio files, clips, and gifs).

SMS, on the other hand, can only support embedding a link with a text. Of course, in case of MMS, the number of characters is often restricted to a specific character count but that varies from carrier to carrier.

It goes without saying that the added benefits that MMS provides over SMS come with an upcharge. Basically, MMS messages cost 2-3x more than SMS messages on average (check prices per SMS here). The only downside with MMS is that it is not supported by most telecommunications service providers and is not available globally like SMS is. As things stand, the United States is currently one of the few notable countries that MMS is almost fully available in.

As far as marketing goes, the debate over MMS Vs. SMS has no clear cut answer. While MMS is proven to increase customer engagement by a good margin over SMS, its unavailability (or limited availability) in most countries is a bit concerning in terms of its full marketing capabilities and usefulness. So in this regard SMS comes victorious.

So what would be the difference in short?

SMS (short message service) is the most popular text messaging channel for mobile devices. It is restricted to 160 characters and strictly texts. MMS (multimedia messaging service), on the other hand, can send long messages with attachments such as audio, video and visual content to other mobile devices.

SMS Vs. MMS Android/iPhone

Both mobile operating systems support full functionality of SMS and MMS messaging capabilities through their default messaging apps. Needless to say, whether or not MMS will work your mobile device completely depends on your operator.

Compared to Android, iPhone has an iMessage feature that uses Apple’s servers to transmit SMS and MMS messages as opposed to your provider’s network, which means you can easily send multimedia files with ease. Android has a similar feature which is RCS messaging.