Did you see someone tweet “h/t” on Twitter, and you don’t know what it means? This article will explain this expression and how it’s used on Twitter.
In short, “h/t” means “hat tip,” referring to a form of recognition to someone else. If you use information someone else gave you or a link from someone’s blog, it’s only civil to acknowledge them.
That’s what the “h/t” stands for. While this expression is mainly used on Twitter, other social media platforms also use it.
Keep reading if you want to learn more about “h/t” on Twitter!
Why Is “h/t” Used on Twitter?
There are several reasons why Twitter users use “h/t” in their tweets:
- To acknowledge a source that they’re quoting in their tweet
- For brevity – it’s much easier to type in “h/t” than go on a long rant about acknowledging the source
- To appear civil to their audience and garner even more attention
- To bolster their audience by attracting the attention of the source
The main reason why people use “h/t” on Twitter is to offer recognition to someone else for supplying them with information and/or research.
It’s the civil thing to do. Someone else worked hard to create the information you’re using in your tweets. It’s only respectful to give them a hat tip.
Here are a couple of scenarios where you can use “h/t” with its intended meaning:
- Posting a piece of interesting information with a link
- Posting an infographic that someone else gave you
- Telling your followers about a great book that someone else told you about
- Anything that someone else inspired you to do
There’s no limit to the amount of content you can create, and give a hat tip to someone else. As long as someone else gave you the idea or the information, they deserve a hat tip.
What Is the Origin of “h/t” on Twitter?
The “h/t” expression wasn’t invented by Twitter users. Its origins are located in the blogosphere. The golden age of blogs was when this expression was born.
Bloggers would often acknowledge each other for blogging ideas or information that they took from one another.
You would see an interesting blog, take the main idea, build on your thoughts, and create another blog post.
But it was a form of civility and social recognition to acknowledge that you got the idea for the blog post from someone else in the community.
About the hat-tipping gesture, it was the cartoonist Jimmy Hatlo who first introduced it in a figurative sense when he published his “They’ll Do It Every Time” comics.
He wanted to thank all the readers who had contributed ideas to his comics’ creation, so he tipped his hat to them as an homage.
This became known as the “Tip of the Hatlo Hat,” and now the expression has caught on again.
Many of Twitter’s expressions are confusing, and you may not understand their meaning. “h/t” could be one of them.
To summarize, “h/t” means “hat tip,” and it’s an homage to the person who inspired your tweet somehow.
Either you’re linking to their website, or they gave you some information to write about; it doesn’t matter. A hat tip means you’re acknowledging their contribution!
If you have other questions, comment below, and I’ll reply as soon as possible!