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Texting is the way students communicate. Talking on the phone is needed but it’s hard to get information out of them through a phone call.  If you want answers, text them! There are several companies offering text services that you can implement in your student ministry.  I’m not a tech savvy guy but will try to rank them according to me.  If you’re not using a service, sign up today and you’ll be glad you did.

Starting at #1 is txtsignal:  I’ve used txtsignal for the last year and found it to be the best for the budget.  You can send up to 60 messages to your groups for only $20.00. ($10.00 for up to 30 groups). Unlimited single messages as well. The only down fall is you can have up to 3 users, but I think there are ways around it.

#2 is Symtools communication: Very similar to Textsignal.  The only reason this is #2 is because I’ve found txtsignal first. The only thin I wished they both had was facebook integration. The pricing is the same as txtsignal.

#3 Duffled: Another great tool but found them to be a bit pricey. They base the price on the amount of texts you send. . For 250 texts messages it’s $35.00, 750 text messages it’s $90.00.

#4 Yaptap: I’ve wanted to use Yaptap, but the simplicity of the first two out weigh the complexity of yaptap.  For 100 members it’s $20.00. They do allow Facebook and Twitter integration with unlimited groups. So that’s nice. But couldn’t wrap my head around it.

TIP# Place the logo of the service you are using and link it the sign up page. This way you can draw people to the web page to sign up for the service.

All these services allow the members to text stop at anytime.

 

For more insight, also check out Josh Griffin’s site. He posted about this in early August.

What company do you use? Do you use text? if, so, in what ways?

Social Media is the new catch phrase in today’s ministry.  But I believe there will (if not already) be opportunities for a Pastor of Social & Digital Communications.  But how  about in the context of student ministry?

The Ontario College of Teachers issued a controversial advisory for teacher covering the use of social media (such as Facebook and Twitter) in relation to students.  However, in ministry I believe some of the cautions should be a bit relaxed.

Some of the advice is obvious. “As a digital citizen, model the behavior you expect to see online from your students.” Who could argue? Other advice is more controversial. For instance:

  • Avoid exchanging private texts, phone numbers, personal e-mail addresses or photos of a personal nature with students. I agree. However, set up a Text Service such as Txt Signal. A service I use weekly that keeps all the texts from me and to me on a server.
  • Decline student-initiated “friend” requests and do not issue “friend” requests to students.  I disagree somewhat, here’s why.  Facebook is thier realm.  I am a firm believer that as a leader, we need to adapt a bit to their world.  Here are my rules when it comes to using Facebook and ministry:
  1. If they’re a visitor, look them up on Facebook and send a message stating you were glad to meet them. (I have a connection card asking if they’re on FB.
  2. If they come back after a few weeks, I believe it’s  o.k. to friend request them. Think of it as going to “their school”. Don’t be hurt or discouraged if they reject you, more often they’ll give you limited access.
  3. If they are new and friend request you…by all means ACCEPT IT.  But use your best judgement.
  4. Keep on-line chat to a minimum.  Answer questions, but don’t dialog over chat.

If you have a Facebook page or a twitter account for your ministry, do you monitor it?  I just went through our Facebook page and banned about 5 people from it.  When is the last time you “cleaned up” your accounts?

Thoughts?

 

 

This post is from Kara Powell.  She is is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI).

Recently I saw this Los Angeles Times article on how parents on Facebook are embarrassing their kids by the comments and posts that they make. According to this article, nearly 1/3 of teenagers would like to “unfriend” their parents.

To be honest, I’m a bit surprised it’s not higher.

But it does make me wonder about adult etiquette on teenagers’ Facebook. I tend to be more on the conservative side, not posting very often on kids’ pages and letting kids take initiative in friending me. I know it’s a great way to build relationships with kids, but I want to be sensitive to kids’ boundaries and needs for privacy. I’m 40 and I don’t need anything else that makes me a “weird adult”.

How about you? What is your Facebook etiquette with teenagers – your own or others?

Yesterday, I showed you the growing trend of texting among students. (check here) Texting has been growing and my guess is it will continue to rise in 2011.  You’re at home cooking dinner or hanging out with your son/daughter.  His cell phone beeps with a new text.  You pick up the phone to peak at the text (if you want to talk privacy, that’ll be a different post) but you can’t understand it.  Picking up only a few words in a conversation gives you a possiblity for misunderstanding.  Know what is being communicated by printing this Text menu.  You’ll be glad you did.

Text Message & Chat Abbreviations “Numbers & Characters”.  

Note: To keep this chat guide user-friendly for all ages, some inappropriate words have been edited to include an alternate meaning. These words are marked with a * around the word which has been switched (e.g. *freak*).

? I have a question, or I don’t understand what you mean
?4U I have a question for you
;S Gentle warning, like “Hmm? What did you say?”
^^ Meaning “read line” or “message above”
<3 Meaning “sideways heart” (love, friendship)
<3 Meaning “broken heart”
<33 Meaning “heart or love” (more 3s is a bigger heart)
@TEOTD At the end of the day
.02 My (or your) two cents worth
121 One-to-one (private chat initiation)
1337 Leet, meaning ‘elite’
143 I love you
14AA41 One for all, and all for one
19 Zero hand (online gaming)
10X Thanks
10Q Thank you
1CE Once
1DR I wonder
1NAM One in a million
2 Meaning “to” in SMS
20 Meaning “location”
2EZ Too easy
2G2BT Too good to be true
2M2H Too much too handle
2MI Too much information
2MOR Tomorrow
2NTE Tonight
4 Short for “for” in SMS
411 Meaning “information”
404 I don’t know
411 Meaning ‘information’
420 Lets get high
420 Meaning “Marijuana”
459 Means I love you (ILY is 459 using keypad numbers)
4COL For crying out loud
4EAE Forever and ever
4NR Foreigner
^5 High-five
511 Too much information (more than 411)
555 Sobbing, crying. (Mandarin Chinese txt msgs)
55555 Crying your eyes out (Mandarin Chinese txt msgs)
55555 Meaning Laughing (In Thai language the number 5 is pronounced ‘ha’.)
6Y Sexy
7K Sick
831 I love you (8 letters, 3 words, 1 meaning)
86 Over
88 Bye-bye (Mandarin Chinese txt msgs)
88 Hugs and kisses
9 Parent is watching
*s* Meaning “smile”
*w* Meaning “wink”

“A” Text Message & Chat Abbreviations

A3 Anytime, anywhere, anyplace
AA Alcoholics Annonymous
AA As above
AA Ask about
AAF As a matter of fact
AAF As a friend
AAK Asleep at keyboard
AAK Alive and kicking
AAMOF As a matter of fact
AAMOI As a matter of interest
AAP Always a pleasure
AAR At any rate
AAS Alive and smiling
AASHTA As always, Sheldon has the answer
(Bike mechanic Sheldon Brown)
AATK Always at the keyboard
ABC Already been chewed
ABT About
ABT2 Meaning ‘About to’
ABTA Meaning Good-bye (signoff)
ABU All bugged up
AC Acceptable content
ACC Anyone can come
ACD ALT / CONTROL / DELETE
ACDNT Accident (e-mail, Government)
ACK Acknowledge
ACPT Accept (e-mail, Government)
ACQSTN Acquisition (e-mail, Government)
ADAD Another day, another dollar
ADBB All done, bye-bye
ADD Address
ADDY Address
ADIH Another day in hell
ADIP Another day in paradise
ADMIN Administrator
ADMINR Administrator (Government)
ADN Any day now
ADR Address
AE Area effect (online gaming)
AEAP As early as possible
AF April Fools
AFC Away from computer
AFAIAA As far as I am aware
AFAIC As far as I am concerned
AFAIK As far as I know
AFAIUI As far as I understand it
AFAP As far as possible
AFJ April Fool’s joke
AFK Away from keyboard
AFZ Acronym Free Zone
AFPOE A fresh pair of eyes
AH At home
AIAMU And I am a money’s uncle
AIGHT Alright
AIR As I remember
AISB As it should be
AISB As I said before
AISI As I see it
AITR Adult in the room
AKA Also known as
ALCON All concerned
ALOL Actually laughing out loud
AMAP As much as possible
AMBW All my best wishes
AML All my love
AMOF As a matter of fact
AO Anarchy Online (online gaming)
AOC Available on cell
AOE Area of effect (online game)
AOM Age of majority
AOM Age of Mythology (online gaming)
AOTA All of the above
AOYP Angel on your pillow
APAC All praise and credit
APP Application
APP Appreciate
AQAP As quick (or quiet) as possible
ARE Acronym rich environment
ASIG And so it goes
ASAP As soon as possible
A/S/L Age/sex/location
ASL Age/sex/location
ASLA Age/sex/location/availability
AT At your terminal
ATB All the best
ATEOTD At the end of the day
ATM At the moment
ATSITS All the stars in the sky
ATSL Along the same line (or lines)
AWC After awhile crocodile
AWESO Awesome
AWOL Away without leaving
AWOL Absent without leave
AYDY Are you done yet?
AYEC At your earliest convenience
AYOR At your own risk
AYSOS Are you stupid or something?
AYS Are you serious?
AYT Are you there?
AYTMTB And you’re telling me this because
AYV Are you vertical?
AYW As you were
AYW As you want / As you wish
AZN Asian

“B” Text Message / Chat Abbreviations

B Back
B& Banned
B2W Back to work
B8 Bait (person teased or joked with, or under-aged person/teen)
B9 Boss is watching
B/F Boyfriend
B/G Background (personal information request)
B4 Before
B4N Bye for now
BAG Busting a gut
BA Bad *a*
BAK Back at keyboard
BAS Big ‘butt’ smile
BASOR Breathing a sigh of relief
BAU Business as usual
BAY Back at ya
BB Be back
BB Bebi / Baby (Spanish SMS)
BBC Big bad challenge
BBIAB Be back in a bit
BBIAF Be back in a few
BBIAM Be back in a minute
BBIAS Be back in a sec
BBL Be back later
BBN Bye, bye now
BBQ Barbeque, “Ownage”, shooting score/frag (online gaming)
BBS Be back soon
BBT Be back tomorrow
BC Because
B/C Because
BC Be cool
BCNU Be seeing you
BCOS Because
BCO Big crush on
BCOY Big crush on you
BD Big deal
BDAY Birthday
B-DAY Birthday
BDN Big darn number
BEG Big evil grin
BF Boyfriend
BF Brain fart
BFAW Best friend at work
BF2 Battlefield 2 (online gaming)
BF Best friend
BFF Best friends forever
BFFL Best friends for life
BFFLNMW Best friends for life, no matter what
BFD Big freaking deal
BFG Big  freaking grin
BFFN Best friend for now
BFN Bye for now
BG Big grin
BGWM Be gentle with me
BHL8 Be home late
BIB Boss is back
BIBO Beer in, beer out
BIC Butt in chair
BIF Before I forget
BIH Burn in hell
BIL Brother in law
BION Believe it or not
BIOYA Blow it out your *a*
BIOYN Blow it out your nose
BISFLATM Boy, I sure feel like a turquoise monkey! (unverified)
BITMT But in the meantime
BL Belly laugh
BLNT Better luck next time
BM Bite me
BME Based on my experience
BM&Y Between me and you
BOB Back off *buddy*
BN Bad news
BOE Meaning “bind on equip” (online gaming)
BOL Best of luck
BOLO Be on the look out
BOOMS Bored out of my skull
BOP Meaning “bind on pickup” (online gaming)
BOSMKL Bending over smacking my knee laughing
BOT Back on topic
BOT Be on that
BOYF Boyfriend
BPLM Big person little mind
BRB Be right back
BR Best regards
BRBB Be right back *babe*
BRNC Be right back, nature calls
BRD Bored
BRH Be right here
BRT Be right there
BSF But seriously folks
BSOD Blue screen of death
BSTS Better safe than sorry
BT Bite this
BT Between technologies
BTA But then again
BTDT Been there, done that
BTW By the way
BTYCL Meaning ‘Bootycall’
BUBU Slang term for the most beautiful of women
BWL Bursting with laughter
BYOB Bring your own beer
BYOC Bring your own computer
BYOP Bring your own paint (paintball)
BYTM Better you than me

“C” Text Message / Chat Abbreviations

C&G Chuckle & grin
C4N Ciao for now
CAD Control + Alt + Delete
CAD Short for Canada/Canadian
CAM Camera (SMS)
CB Coffee break
CB Chat break
CB Crazy *b*
CD9 Code 9, Meaning “parents are around”
CFS Care for secret?
CFY Calling for you
CIAO Good-bye (Italian word)
CICO Coffee in, coffee out
CID Crying in disgrace
CID Consider it done
CLAB Crying like a baby
CM Call me
CMB Call me back
CMAP Cover my *a* partner (online gaming)
CMIIW Correct me if I’m wrong
CMON Come on
CNP Continued (in) next post
COB Close of business
COH City of Heroes (online gaming)
COS Because
C/P Cross post
CP Chat post (or continue in IM)
CR8 Create
CRAFT Can’t remember a *freaking* thing
CRB Come right back
CRBT Crying really big tears
CRIT Meaning “critical hit” (online gaming)
CRZ Crazy
CRS Can’t remember *stuff*
CSG Chuckle, snicker, grin
CSL Can’t stop laughing
CSS Counter-Strike Source (online gaming)
CT Can’t talk
CTC Care to chat?
CTHU Cracking the *heck* up
CTN Can’t talk now
CTO Check this out
CU See you too
CU See you
CU2 See you
CUA See you around
CUL See you later
CULA See you later alligator
CUL8R See you later
CUMID See you in my dreams
CURLO See you around like a donut
CWOT Complete waste of time
CWYL Chat with you later
CYA See you
CYAL8R See you later
CYE Check your e-mail
CYEP Close your eyes partner (online gaming)
CYO See you online

“D”  Text Message / Chat Abbreviations

D2 Dedos / fingers (Spanish SMS)
D46? Down for sex?
DA Meaning “The”
DAoC Dark Age of Camelot (online gaming)
DBAU Doing business as usual
DBEYR Don’t believe everything you read
DC Disconnect
DD Dear (or Darling) daughter
DD Due diligence
DEGT Dear (or Darling) daughter
DF Don’t even go there
DFL Dead *freaking* last (online gaming)
DGA Don’t go anywhere
DGAF Don’t give a *freak*
DGT Don’t go there
DGTG Don’t go there, girlfriend
DH Dear (or Darling) husband
DHU Dinosaur hugs (used to show support)
DIIK Darned if I know
DIKU Do I know you?
DILLIGAF Do I look like I give a *freak*?
DILLIGAS Do I look like I give a sugar?
DIS Did I say?
DITYID Did I tell you I’m distressed?
DIY Do it yourself
DKDC Don’t know, don’t care
DKP Dragon kill points (online gaming)
D/L Download
DL Download
DL Down low
DLBBB Don’t let (the) bed bugs bite
DLTBBB Don’t let the bed bugs bite
DM Doesn’t matter
DM Direct message (Twitter slang)
DM Do me
DM Dungeon Master (online gaming)
DMNO Dude Man No Offense
DMY Don’t mess yourself
DN Down
DNC Do not compute (meaning I do not understand)
DNR Dinner (SMS)
DNT Don’t
d00d Dude
DOE Daughter of Eve
DP Display Picture (Yahoo Messenger Chat)
DPS Damage per second (online gaming)
DQMOT Don’t quote me on this
DR Didn’t read
DS Dear (or Darling) son
DTR Define the relationship
DTRT Do the right thing
DTS Don’t think so
DTTD Don’t touch that dial
DUPE Duplicate
DUR Do you remember?
DV8 Deviate
DW Dear (or Darling) wife
DWF Divorced white female
DWM Divorced white male
DXNRY Dictionary
DYNWUTB Do you know what you are talking about?
DYFI Did you find it?
DYFM Dude, you fascinate me
DYOR Do your own research (common stock market chat slang)

“E”  Text Message / Chat Abbreviations

E Ecstasy
E Enemy (online gaming)
E1 Everyone
E123 Easy as one, two, three
E2EG Ear to ear grin
EAK Eating at keyboard
EBKAC Error between keyboard and chair
ED Erase display
EF4T Effort
EG Evil grin
EI Eat it
EIP Editing in progress
EM E-mail (Twitter slang)
EMA E-mail address
EMFBI Excuse me for butting in
EMFBI Excuse me for jumping in
EMSG E-mail message
ENUF Enough
EOD End of day
EOD End of discussion
EOL End of lecture
EOL End of life
EOM End of message
EOS End of show
EOT End of transmission
EQ EverQuest (online gaming)
ERS2 Eres tz / are you (Spanish SMS)
ES Erase screen
ESAD Eat *S* and die!
ETA Estimated time (of) arrival
ETA Edited to add
EVA Ever
EVO Evolution
EWG Evil wicked grin (in fun, teasing)
EWI Emailing while intoxicated
EYC Excitable, yet calm
EZ Easy
EZY Easy

“F”  Text Message / Chat Abbreviations

F Meaning female
F2F Face to face
F2P Free to play (online gaming)
FAAK Falling asleep at keyboard
FAF Funny as *freak*
FAQ Frequently asked questions
FAY *Freak* all you
FB FaceBook
FBF Fat boy food (e.g. pizza, burgers, fries)
FBFR FaceBook friend
FBM Fine by me
FBOW For better or worse
FC Fingers crossed
FC Full card (online gaming)
FC’INGO For crying out loud
FEITCTAJ *Freak* ‘em if they can’t take a joke
FF Follow Friday (Twitter slang)
FFA Free for all (online gaming)
FFS For *freak’*sakes
FICCL Frankly I couldn’t care a less
FIF *Freak* I’m funny
FIIK *Freaked* if I know
FIIOOH Forget it, I’m out of here
FIL Father in law
FIMH Forever in my heart
FISH First in, still here
FITB Fill in the blank
FML *Freak* My Life
FOMC Falling off my chair
FOAD *Freak* off and die
FOAF Friend of a friend
FOMCL Falling off my chair laughing
FRT For real though
FTBOMH From the bottom of my heart
FTL For the loss
FTW For the win
FU *Freak* you
FUBAR Fouled up beyond all recognition
FUBB Fouled up beyond belief
FUD Face up deal (online gaming)
FW Forward
FWB Friend with benefits
FWIW For what it’s worth
FWM Fine with me
FYEO For your eyes only
FYA For your amusement
FYI For your information

“G”  Text Message / Chat Abbreviations

G Grin
G Giggle
G/F Girlfriend
G2CU Good to see you
G2G Got to go
G2GICYAL8ER Got to go I’ll see you later
G2R Got to run
G2TU Got to tell u (you)
G4C Going for coffee
G9 Genius
GA Go ahead
GAC Get a clue
GAFC Get a *freaking* clue
GAL Get a life
GAS Got a second?
GAS Greetings and salutations
GB Goodbye
GBTW Get back to work
GBU God bless you
GDR Grinning, ducking, and running
GD/R Grinning, ducking, and running
GFI Go for it
GF Girl friend
GFN Gone for now
GG Gotta Go
GG Good Game (online gaming)
GG Brother (Mandarin Chinese txt msgs)
GGA Good game, all (online gaming)
GGE1 Good game, everyone (online gaming)
GGMSOT Gotta get me some of that
GGOH Gotta Get Outa Here
GGP Got to go pee
GH Good hand (online gaming)
GIAR Give it a rest
GIC Gift in crib (online gaming)
GIGO Garbage in, garbage out
GIRL Guy in real life
GJ Good job
GL Good luck
GL2U Good luck to you (online gaming)
GL/HF Good luck, have fun  (online gaming)
GLE1 Good luck everyone (online gaming)
GLNG Good luck next game (online gaming)
GMBA Giggling my butt off
GMTA Great minds think alike
GMV Got my vote
GN Good night
GNE1 Good night everyone
GNIGHT Good night
GNITE Good night
GNSD Good night, sweet dreams
GOI Get over it
GOL Giggling out loud
GR8 Great
GRATZ Congratulations
GRL Girl
GRWG Get right with God
GR&D Grinning, running and ducking
GS Good shot
GS Good split (online gaming)
GT Good try
GTFO Get the *freak* out
GTG Got to go
GTRM Going to read mail
GTSY Great (or good) to see you
GUD Good
GWHTLC Glad we had this little chat

“H”  Text Message / Chat Abbreviations

H Hug
H8 Hate
H8TTU Hate to be you
HAG1 Have a good one
HAK Hug and kiss
HAU How about you?
H&K Hugs & kisses
H2CUS Hope to see you soon
HAGN Have a good night
HAGO Have a good one
HAND Have a nice day
HB Hurry back
HB Hug back
H-BDAY Happy Birthday
HBU How about you?
HF Have fun
HFAC Holy flipping animal crackers
H-FDAY Happy Father’s Day
HHIS Head hanging in shame
HL Half Life (online gaming)
HLA Hola / hello (Spanish SMS)
H-MDAY Happy Mother’s Day
HNL (w)Hole ‘nother level
HOAS Hold on a second
HP Hit points / Health points (online gaming)
HRU How are you?
HTH Hope this helps
HUB Head up butt
HUYA Head up your *butt*
HV Have
HVH Heroic Violet Hold (online gaming)
HW Homework

“I” Text Message / Chat Abbreviations

I2 I too (me too)
IA8 I already ate
IAAA I am an accountant
IAAD I am a doctor
IAAL I am a lawyer
IAC In any case
IAE In any event
IANAC I am not a crook
IANAL I am not a lawyer
IAO I am out (of here)
IB I’m back
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
ICYMI In case you missed it (Twitter slang)
IDBI I don’t believe it
IDC I don’t care
IDGAF I don’t give a *freak*
IDK I don’t know
IDTS I don’t think so
IDUNNO I don’t know
IFYP I feel your pain
IG2R I got to run
IGHT I got high tonight
IGN I (I’ve) got nothing
IGP I got to (go) pee
IHNI I have no idea
IIRC If I remember correctly
IIIO Intel inside, idiot outside
IK I know
IKR I know, right?
ILBL8 I’ll be late
ILU I love you
ILUM I love you man
ILY I love you
IM Instant message
IMAO In my arrogant opinion
IMHO In my humble opinion
ImL (in Arial font) Means I love you (a way of using the American sign language in text)
IMNSHO In my not so humble opinion
IMO In my opinion
IMS I am sorry
IMSB I am so bored
IMTM I am the man
IMU I miss u (you)
INAL I’m not a lawyer
INC Meaning “incoming” (online gaming)
IOMH In over my head
IOW In other words
IRL In real life
IRMC I rest my case
ISLY I still love you
ITAM It’s The Accounting, Man (financial blogs)
ITYK I thought you knew
IUSS If you say so
IWALU I will always love you
IWAWO I want a way out
IWIAM Idiot wrapped in a moron
IYKWIM If you know what I mean
IYO In your opinion
IYQ Meaning “I like you”
IYSS If you say so

“J” Text Message / Chat Abbreviations

j00 You
j00r Your
JAC Just a second
JAM Just a minute
JAS Just a second
JC (J/C) Just checking
JDI Just do it
JFF Just for fun
JFGI Just *freaking* Google it
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
JP Just playing
JP Jackpot (online gaming, bingo games)
JT (J/T) Just teasing
JTLYK Just to let you know
JV Meaning “joint venture”
JW Just wondering

“K” Text Messages / Chat Abbreviations

K Okay
KK Knock, knock
KK Okay, Okay!
K8T Katie
k/b Keyboard
KB Keyboard
KB Kick butt (online gaming)
KDFU Means Cracking (K) the (D as in Da) *freak* up
KEWL Cool
KEYA I will key you later
KEYME Key me when you get in
KFY Kiss for you
KIA Know it all
KISS Keep it simple, stupid
KIT Keep in touch
KMA Kiss my *a*
KMK Kiss my keister
KMT Kiss my tushie
KOC Kiss on cheek
KOL Kiss on cheek
KOS Kid over shoulder
KOW Knock on wood
KOTC Kiss on the cheek
KOTL Kiss on the lips
KNIM Know what I mean?
KNOW Meaning “knowledge”
KPC Keeping parents clueless
KS Kill then steal (online gaming)
KSC Kind (of) sort (of) chuckle
KT Katie
KUTGW Keep up the good work

“L”  Text Message & Chat Abbreviations

L2G Like to go?
L2G (would) Love to go
L2K Like to come
l33t Leet, meaning ‘elite’
L8R Later
L8RG8R Later, gator
LBAY Laughing back at you
LD Later, dude
LD Long distance
LDO Like, duh obviously
LEMENO Let me know
LERK Leaving easy reach of keyboard
LFD Left for day
LFG Looking for group (online gaming)
LFG Looking for guard (online gaming)
LFM Looking for more (online gaming)
LGH Lets get high
LH6 Lets have sex
LHSX Lets have sex
LHM Lord help me
LHO Laughing head off
LI LinkedIn
LIC Like I care
LIK Meaning liquor
LIMT Laugh in my tummy
LLGB Love, later, God bless
LLS Laughing like *silly*
LMAO Laughing my *a* off
LMBO Laughing my butt off
LMFAO Laughing my freaking *a* off
LMIRL Lets meet in real life
LMK Let me know
LMMFAO Laughing my mother freaking a** off
LMNK Leave my name out
LNT Meaning lost in translation
LOA List of acronyms
LOL Laughing out loud
LOL Laugh out loud
LOL Lots of love
LOLH Laughing out loud hysterically
LOLO Lots of love
LOLWTF Laughing out loud (saying) “What the *freak*?”
LOTI Laughing on the inside
LOTR Lord of The Rings (online gaming)
LQTM Laughing quietly to myself
LSHMBH Laugh so hard my belly hurts
LSV Language, sex and violence
LTD Living the dream
LTLWDLS Let’s twist like we did last summer
LTNS Long time no see
LTOD Laptop of death
LTS Laughing to self
LULT Love you long time
LULZ Slang for LOL
LVM Left voice mail
LWOS Laughing without smiling
LY Love ya
LYLAS Love you like a sis
LYLC Love you like crazy
LYSM Love you so much

“M” Text Messages & Chat Abbreviations

M$ Microsoft
M8 Mate
MB Mamma’s boy
MBS Mom behind shoulder
MC Merry Christmas
MDIAC My Dad is a cop
MEGO My eyes glaze over
MEH Meaning a “shrug” or shrugging shoulders
MEH Meaning a “so-so” or “just okay”
MEHH Meaning a “sigh” or sighing
MEZ Meaning “mesmerize” (online gaming)
MFI Mad for it
MGB May God bless
MGMT Management
MIRL Meet in real life
MISS.(number) Meaning “child and her age”. Miss.3 would be a 3-year old daughter
MKAY Meaning “Mmm, okay”
MLM Meaning give the middle finger
MM Sister (Mandarin Chinese txt msg)
MMK Meaning okay? (as a question)
MNC Mother nature calls
MNSG Mensaje (message in Spanish)
MorF Male or female?
MOMBOY Mamma’s boy
MOO My own opinion
MOOS Member of the opposite sex
MOS Mother over shoulder
MOSS Member of same sex
MP Mana points (online gaming)
MR.(number) Meaning “child and his age”. Mr.3 would be a 3-year old son
MRT Modified ReTweet  (Twitter slang)
MSG Message
MTF More to follow
MTFBWU May the force be with you
MU Miss U (you)
MUAH Multiple unsuccessful attempts (at/to) humor
MUSM Miss you so much
MWAH Meaning “kiss” (it is is the sound made when kissing through the air)
MYO Mind your own (business)
MYOB Mind your own business

“N”  Text Message & Chat Abbreviations

n00b Newbie
N1 Nice one
N2M Nothing too much
NADT Not a darn thing
NALOPKT Not a lot of people know that
NANA Not now, no need
NBD No big deal
NBFAB No bad for a beginner (online gaming)
NC Nice crib (online gaming)
ND Nice double (online gaming)
NE Any
NE1 Anyone
NFM None for me / Not for me
NFM Not for me
NFS Need for Speed (online gaming)
NFS Not for sale
NFW No *freaking* way
NFW Not for work
NFWS Not for work safe
NH Nice hand (online gaming)
NIFOC Naked in front of computer
NIGI Now I get it
NIMBY Not in my back yard
NIROK Not in reach of keyboard
NLT No later than
NM Nothing much
NM Never mind
NM Nice meld (online gaming)
NMH Not much here
NMJC Nothing much, just chilling
NMU Not much, you?
NO1 No one
NOOB Meaning someone who is bad at (online) games
NOWL Meaning “knowledge”
NOYB None of your business
NP No problem
NPC Non-playing character (online gaming)
NQT Newly qualified teacher
NR Nice roll (online gaming)
NRN No response/reply necessary
NS Nice score (online gaming)
NS Nice split (online gaming)
NSA No strings attached
NSFW Not safe for work
NSISR Not sure if spelled right
NT Nice try
NTHING Nothing (SMS)
NTS Note to self
NVM Never mind
NVR Never
NW No way
NWO No way out

“O”  Text Message / Chat Abbreviations

O4U Only for you
O Opponent (online gaming)
O Meaning “hugs”
O Over
OA Online auctions
(see more auction abbreviations)
OATUS On a totally unrelated subject
OB Oh baby
OB Oh brother
OH Overheard
OI Operator indisposed
OIB Oh, I’m back
OIC Oh, I see
OJ Only joking
OL Old lady
OLL Online love
OM Old man
OM Oh, my
OMAA Oh, my aching *A* (butt)
OMDB Over my dead body
OMFG Oh my *freaking* God
omfglmaobbqrofl
copteriss
oh my *freaking* god, laugh my *a* off, owned, roll on floor spinning around I’m so sad
OMG Oh my God
OMGYG2BK Oh my God, you got to be kidding
OMW On my way
ONL Online
OO Over and out
OOC Out of character
OOH Out of here
OOTD One of these days
OOTO Out of the office
OP On phone
ORLY Oh really?
OT Off topic (discussion forums)
OTB Off to bed
OTFL On the floor laughing
OTL Out to lunch
OTOH On the other hand
OTP On the phone
OTT Over the top
OTTOMH Off the top of my head
OTW Off to work
OVA Over
OYO On your own

“P”  Text Message / Chat Abbreviations

P Partner (online gaming)
P2P Parent to parent
P2P Peer to peer
P2P Pay to play (online gaming)
P911 Parents coming into room alert
PAT Meaning “patrol” (online gaming)
PAW Parents are watching
PBOOK Phonebook (e-mail)
PC Player character (online gaming)
PCM Please call me
PDA Personal display (of) affection
PDH Pretty darn happy
PDS Please don’t shoot
PDQ Pretty darn quick
PEEPS People
PFT Pretty *freaking* tight
PIC Picture
PIP Peeing in pants (laughing hard)
PIR Parents in room
PISS Put in some sugar
PITA Pain in the *butt*
PKMN Pokemon (online gaming)
PL8 Plate
PLD Played
PLMK Please let me know
PLS Please
PLU People like us
PLZ Please
PLZTLME Please tell me
PM Private Message
PMFI Pardon me for interrupting
PMFJI Pardon me for jumping in
PMSL Pee myself laughing
POAHF Put on a happy face
POS Parent over shoulder
POV Point of view
POV Privately owned vehicle (originally used to differentiate an individual’s vehicle from a military vehicle)
PPL People
PPU Pending pick-up
PROLLY Probably
PROGGY Meaning computer program
PRON Meaning pornography
PRT Party
PRT Please Retweet (Twitter slang)
PRW People/parents are watching
PSOS Parent standing over shoulder
PSP Playstation Portable
PST Please send tell (online gaming)
PTIYPASI Put that in your pipe and smoke it
PTL Praise the Lord
PTMM Please tell me more
PUG Pick up group (online gaming)
PVP Player versus player (online gaming)
PWN Meaning “own”
PXT Please explain that
PU That stinks!
PUKS Pick up kids (SMS)
PYT Pretty young thing
PZ Peace
PZA Pizza

“Q”  Text Message / Chat Abbreviations

Q Queue
QC Quality control
QFE Question for everyone
QFI Quoted for idiocy
QFI Quoted for irony
QIK Quick
QL Quit laughing
QOTD Quote of the day
QQ (qq) Meaning “crying eyes”
QQ Quick question
QSL Reply
QSO Conversation
QT Cutie
QTPI Cutie pie

“R”  Text Message / Chat Abbreviations

R8 Rate (SMS)
RBAY Right back at you
RFN Right *freaking* now
RHIP Rank has its privileges
RIP Rest in peace
RL Real life
RLY Really
RME Rolling my eyes
RMLB Read my lips baby
RMMM Read my mail man
ROFL Rolling on floor laughing
ROFLCOPTER Rolling on floor laughing and spinning around
ROFLMAO Rolling on the floor, laughing my *butt* off
ROTFL Rolling on the floor laughing
ROTFLUTS Rolling on the floor laughing unable to speak
RS Runescape (online gaming)
RSN Real soon now
RT Roger that
RT Retweet (Twitter slang)
RTBS Reason to be single
RTFM Read the *freaking* manual
RTFQ Read the *freaking* question
RTMS Read the manual, stupid
RTNTN Retention (e-mail, Government)
RTRCTV Retroactive (e-mail, Government)
RTRMT Retirement (e-mail, Government)
RTSM Read the stupid manual
RTWFQ Read the whole *freaking* question
RU Are you?
RUMOF Are you male or female?
RUT Are u (you) there?
RUOK Are you okay?
RX Regards
RW Real world
RX Meaning drugs or prescriptions
RYB Read your Bible
RYO Roll your own
RYS Read your screen
RYS Are you single?

“S”  Text Message / Chat Abbreviations

S2R Send to receive (meaning send me your picture to get mine)
S2S Sorry to say
SAL Such a laugh
SAT Sorry about that
SB Should be
SB Smiling back
SBT Sorry ’bout that
SC Stay cool
SDMB Sweet dreams, my baby
SETE Smiling Ear-to-Ear
SFAIK So far as I know
SH Same here
SH^ Shut up
SHID Slapping head in disgust
SICNR Sorry, I could not resist
SIG2R Sorry, I got to run
SIHTH Stupidity is hard to take
SIMYC Sorry I missed your call
SIR Strike it rich
SIS Snickering in silence
SIT Stay in touch
SK8 Skate
SK8NG Skating
SK8R Skater
SK8RBOI Skater Boy
SLAP Sounds like a plan
SMHID Scratching my head in disbelief
SNAFU Situation normal all fouled up
SNERT Snot nosed egotistical rude teenager
SO Significant other
SOAB Son of a *B*
S’OK Meaning It’ (s) okay (ok)
SOL Sooner or later
SOMY Sick of me yet?
SorG Straight or Gay?
SOS Meaning help
SOS Son of Sam
SOT Short of time
SOTMG Short of time, must go
SOWM Someone with me
SPK Speak (SMS)
SRSLY Seriously
SPST Same place, same time
SPTO Spoke to
SQ Square
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
STFU Shut the *freak* up
STR8 Straight
STW Search the Web
SUITM See you in the morning
SUL See you later
SUP What’s up?
SUTH So use(d) to haters (Facebook)
SUX Meanings sucks or “it sucks”
SWAK Sent (or sealed) with a kiss
SWALK Sealed (or sealed) with a loving kiss
SWAT Scientific wild *butt* guess
SWL Screaming with laughter
SWMBO She who must be obeyed. Meaning wife or partner
SYL See you later
SYS See you soon
SYY Shut your yapper

“T”  Text Message / Chat Abbreviations

T+ Think positive
T4BU Thanks for being you
T:)T Think happy thoughts
TA Thanks a lot
TAFN That’s all for now
TAM Tomorro a.m.
TANK Meaning really strong
TANKED Meaning “owned”
TANKING Meaning “owning”
TARFU Things Are Really *fouled* Up.
TAU Thinking about u (you)
TAUMUALU Thinking about you miss you always love you
TBAG Process of disgracing a corpse, taunting a fragged/killed player (online gaming)
TBC To be continued
TBD To be determined
TBH To be honest
TBL Text back later
TC Take care
TCB Take care of business
TCOY Take care of yourself
TD Tower defense (online gaming)
TDTM Talk dirty to me
TFF Too *freaking* funny
TFS Thanks for sharing
TFTF Thanks for the follow (Twitter slang)
TFTI Thanks for the invitation
TG Thank goodness
TGIF Thank God it’s Friday
THX Thanks
THT Think happy thoughts
THNX Thanks
THNQ Thank-you (SMS)
TIA Thanks in advance
TIAD Tomorrow is another day
TIC Tongue-in-cheek
TILIS Tell it like it is
TIR Teacher in room
TLK2UL8R Talk to you later
TL Too long
TMB Text me back
TMB Tweet me back (Twitter slang)
TMI Too much information
TMOT Trust me on this
TMTH Too much to handle
TMWFI Take my word for it
TNSTAAFL There’s no such thing as a free lunch
TNT Til next time
TOJ Tears of joy
TOS Terms of service
TOU Thinking of you
TOY Thinking of you
TPM Tomorrow p.m.
TPTB The powers that be
TQ Te quiero / I love you (Spanish SMS)
TSH Tripping so hard
TSNF That’s so not fair
TSTB The sooner, the better
TTFN Ta ta for now
TTLY Totally
TTTT These things take time
TTUL Talk to you later
TU Thank you
TUI Turning you in
TWSS That’s what she said
TTG Time to go
TTYAFN Talk to you awhile from now
TTYL Talk to you later
TTYS Talk to you soon
TY Thank you
TYFC Thank you for charity (online gaming)
TYFYC Thank you for your comment
TYS Told you so
TYT Take your time
TYSO Thank you so much
TYAFY Thank you and *freak* you
TYVM Thank you very much

“U”  Text Message / Chat Abbreviations

^URS Up yours
UCMU You crack me up
UDI Unidentified drinking injury (meaning bruise, scratch, ache and so on)
UDM U (You) da (the) man
UDS Ugly domestic scene
UFB Un *freaking* believable
UFN Until further notice
UGTBK You’ve got to be kidding
UKTR You know that’s right
UL Upload
U-L Meaning “You will”
UNA Use no acronyms
UN4TUN8 Unfortunate
UNBLEFBLE Unbelievable
UNCRTN Uncertain
UNPC Un- (not) politically correct
UOK (Are) You ok?
UR You are / You’re
UR2YS4ME You are too wise for me
URA* You are a star
URH You are hot (U R Hot)
URSKTM You are so kind to me
URTM You are the man
URW You are welcome
USBCA Until something better comes along
USU Usually
UT Unreal Tournament (online gaming)
UT2L You take too long
UTM You tell me
UV Unpleasant visual
UW You’re welcome

“V”  Text Message / Chat Abbreviations

VBS Very big smile
VEG Very evil grin
VFF Very freaking funny
VFM Value for money
VGC Very good condition
VGG Very good game (online gaming)
VGH Very good hand (online gaming)
VIP Very important person
VM Voice mail
VN Very nice
VNH Very nice hand (online gaming)
VRY Very
VSC Very soft chuckle
VSF Very sad face
VWD Very well done (online gaming)
VWP Very well played (online gaming)

“W”  Text Message / Chat Abbreviations

W@ What?
W/ With
W/B Welcome back
W3 WWW (Web address)
W8 Wait
WAH Working at home
WAJ What a jerk
WAM Wait a minute
WAN2 Want to? (SMS)
WAN2TLK Want to talk
WAREZ meaning pirated (illegally gained) software
WAS Wait a second
WAS Wild *a* guess
WAWA Where are we at?
WAYF Where are you from?
W/B Write back
WB Welcome back
WBS Write back soon
WBU What about you?
WC Welcome
WC Who cares
WCA Who cares anyway
W/E Whatever
W/END Weekend
WE Whatever
WEP Weapon (online gaming)
WH5 Who, what, when, where, why
WIBNI Wouldn’t it be nice if
WDALYIC Who died and left you in charge
WDYK What do you know?
WDYT What do you think?
WGACA What do you think?
WIIFM What’s in it for me?
WISP Winning is so pleasurable
WITP What is the point?
WITW What in the world
WIU Wrap it up
WK Week
WKD Weekend
WRT With regard to
WL Whatta loser
W/O Without
WOMBAT Waste of money, brains and time
WOW World of Warcraft (online gaming)
WRK Work
WRU@ Where are you at?
WRUD What are you doing?
WTB Want to buy (online gaming)
WTF What the *freak* ?
WTFE What the *freak* ever
WTFO What the *freak* ?, over.
WTG Way to go
WTGP Want to go private (talk out of public chat area)
WTH What the heck?
WTM Who’s the man?
WTS Want to sell? (online gaming)
WTT Want to trade? (online gaming)
WU What’s up?
WUCIWUG What you see is what you get
WUF Where are you from?
WUP What’s up?
WUW What u (you) want?
WUU2 What are you up to?
WUZ Meaning “was”
WWJD What would Jesus do?
WWJD What Would Judd Do? (Artist Donald Judd, who was known to do things in his own compulsive way.)
WWNC Will wonders never cease
WWYC Write when you can
WYCM Will you call me?
WYD What (are) you doing?
WYGAM When you get a minute
WYHAM When you have a minute
WYLEI When you least expect it
WYSIWYG What you see is what you get
WYWH Wish you were here

“X”  Text Message / Chat Abbreviations

X-1-10 Meaning “Exciting”
X Kiss
X! Meaning “a typical woman”
XD Meaning “really hard laugh” (where D is a smiley mouth)
XD Meaning a “devilish smile”
XME Excuse Me
XOXOXO Hugs & Kisses
XLNT Excellent
XLR8 Meaning “faster” or “going faster”
XYL Ex-young lady, meaning wife. (amateur radio)
XYZ Examine your zipper

“Y”  Text Message / Chat Abbreviations

Y? Why?
Y Meaning Yawn
Y2K You’re too kind
YA Your
YAA Yet another acronym
YABA Yet another bloody acronym
YARLY Ya, really?
YBIC Your brother in Christ
YBS You’ll be sorry
YCDBWYCID You can’t do business when your computer is down
YCHT You can have them
YCLIU You can look it up
YCMU You crack me up
YF Wife
YG Young gentleman
YGTBKM You’ve got to be kidding me
YGG You go girl
YHBT You have been trolled
YHBW You have been warned
YHL You have lost
YIU Yes, I understand
YKW You know what
YKWYCD You know what you can do
YL Young lady
YMMV Your mileage may vary
YNK You never know
YR Your
YR Yeah right
YRYOCC You’re running your own cuckoo clock
YSIC Your sister in Christ
YSYD Yeah sure you do
YT You there?
YTB You’re the best
YTB Youth talk back
YTTL You take too long
YTG You’re the greatest
YW You’re welcome
YWHNB Yes, we have no bananas
YWHOL Yelling “woohoo” out loud
YWSYLS You win some, you lose some
YYSSW Yeah, yeah, sure, sure, whatever

“Z”  Text Message / Chat Abbreviations

Z Zero
Z Z’s are calling (meaning going to bed/sleep)
Z Meaning “Said”
Z% Zoo
ZH Sleeping Hour
ZOMG Used in World of Warcraft to mean OMG (Oh My God)
ZOT Zero tolerance
ZUP Meaning “What’s up?”
ZZZZ Sleeping (or bored)

Nearly half (47%) of teens say their social life would end or be worsened without their cell phone, and nearly six in 10 (57%) credit their mobile device with improving their life, according to a national survey from CTIA and Harris Interactive.

It shouldn’t surprise any of us and fighting against this in your ministry is futile.  The question should rise up in you leadership meetings; how can you make it work for you, and the ministry?  Are you texting reminders  to your students on the previous message or giving them a sneak peak of things to expect?  If you’re not using texting in your ministry then it’s time to get relevant.

Four out of five teens (17 million) carry a wireless device (a 40% increase since 2004), finds the study titled “Teenagers: A Generation Unplugged,” which probes how the growing teen wireless segment is using wireless products and how they want to use them in the future.

Texting is impacting a teens life!

  • A majority (57%) of teens view their cell phone as the key to their social life.
  • Second only to clothing, teens say, a person’s cell phone tells the most about their social status or popularity, outranking jewelry, watches and shoes.
  • And most is considering it a form of entertainment.
  • More than half of the respondents (52%) agree that the cell phone has become a new form of entertainment.
  • One-third of teens play games on their phone.
  • 80% say their cell phone provides a sense of security while on the go, confirming that the cell phone has become their mobile safety net when needing a ride (79%), getting important information (51%), or just helping out someone in trouble (35%).
  • Teens carry cell phones to have access to friends, family and current events.
  • Though only one in five (18%) teens care to pinpoint the location of their family and friends via their cell phone, 36% hate the idea of a cell phone feature that allows others to know their exact location.

Texting Replacing Talking

The study also confirmed that texting is replacing talking among teens. For student ministry I’d be willing to try small group via texting and online chat while meeting every other week.  We can take the “no cell phone” rule, but isn’t that the same story we grew up with, traditions where are parents weren’t willing to give up for the sake of protecting “church”.

Teens admitted spending nearly an equal amount of time talking as they do texting each month. The feature is so important to them that if texting were no longer an option 47% of teens say their social life would end or be worsened - that’s especially so among females (54% vs. 40%). Churches have a great opportunity in this area.

Teens say texting has advantages over talking because it offers more options, including multitasking, speed, the option to avoid verbal communication, and because it is fun – in that order, according to the study.  It is vital that we don’t ever use texting as a primary way for communication (bible studies, discipleship, etc. We want to verbalize the truth of Christ with our mouths, but texting can be a great way to supplement the ministry.

With more than 1 billion text messages sent each day, it is no surprise that 42% of teens say they can text blindfolded, the study found. “Teens have created a new form of communication. We call it texting, but in essence it is a reflection of how teens want to communicate to match their lifestyles. It is all about multitasking, speed, privacy and control,” said Joseph Porus, VP & chief architect, Technology Group, Harris Interactive. “Teens in this study are crying for personalization and control of exactly what a wireless device or plan can do for them.”

Do you use text messaging in your program?  Why or why not?

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