What Does h/t Mean on Twitter?

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Written by: Alex Popa


What Does h/t Mean on Twitter?

Did you see someone tweet “h/t” on Twitter, and you don’t know what it means? Don’t worry, I’ll explain below.

In short, “h/t” means “hat tip,” referring to a form of recognition of someone else. If you use information someone else gave you or a link from someone’s blog, it’s only civil to acknowledge them.

Basically, ”DHR” stands for “date, hate, rate”, and “RDH” stands for “rate, date, hate”. They mean the same thing.

That’s what the “h/t” stands for. While this expression is mainly used on Twitter, other social media platforms also use it.

But wait, there’s more insider information about h/t, so you may want to read the guide below to see what’s that about!

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What Does h/t Mean on Twitter?

Why Is “h/t” Used on Twitter?

There are several reasons why Twitter users use “h/t” in their tweets:

  1. To acknowledge a source that they’re quoting in their tweet
  2. For brevity – it’s much easier to type in “h/t” than go on a long rant about acknowledging the source
  3. To appear civil to their audience and garner even more attention
  4. 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 gather the information you’re using in your tweets. It’s only respectful to give them a hat tip (fedora).

Here are a couple of scenarios where you can use “h/t” with its intended meaning:

  1. Posting a piece of interesting information with a link
  2. Posting an infographic that someone else gave you
  3. Telling your followers about a great book that someone else told you about
  4. Anything that someone else inspired you to do

There’s no limit to the amount of content you can create while being inspired by 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 based on it.

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 first introduced it in a figurative sense when he published his “They’ll Do It Every Time” comics.

He wanted to thank all his readers who had contributed ideas to his comics’ creation, so he tipped his hat to them as an homage. And that’s how the expression was born…

This became known as the “Tip of the Hatlo Hat,” and now the expression has caught on again. This time without the Hatlo part.

Many of Twitter’s expressions are confusing, and you may not understand their meaning.

However, I hope you now understand what “h/t” means and how Twitter is using it. Let me know in the comments below if you need more help with something else!

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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