You’re messaging on an online platform when your friend used IMO, and you aren’t sure what to make of it. IMO is an acronym often used in texting and online messaging.
What does IMO mean?
“IMO” is an acronym for the words “in my opinion,” and it is often used online by individuals who want to add something to the conversation, but they know what they are adding may not be factual and is their opinion.
IMO can also be used to add context to a video on the TikTok or Instagram platform. It has become so popular in recent years that it can be common to hear someone say IMO in a social setting in place of the words.
How to use IMO
- “IMO, you look amazing, don’t listen to the haters.”
- “I think you are right, but this is just IMO.”
- “IMO, Britney Spears is the best.”
- “IMO, that’s a little weird, but whatever.”
- IMO can be used anytime you are adding information to a conversation that is your own thoughts, opinions, or feelings.
Using IMO the right way
IMO is an easy acronym to use, and you can use it before you add your opinion to a conversation. It can sometimes be used after adding your opinion to a conversation, but it is most often used at the beginning of the added info.
There aren’t currently many variations of IMO, but you may occasionally see IMHO, which is an acronym for “In my honest opinion,” though it is less common than the original IMO.
Should you worry about your child using IMO?
If your child is using IMO online, there isn’t a reason to worry unless they are using it to say mean things to others. On its own, IMO, is harmless internet shorthand used by people everywhere to give their opinion. If you notice your child is using IMO before saying something mean, it might be time to talk to them about online bullying.