The dawn of social media platforms has given rise to a new language among the youth, a language that can only be understood by those who are in sync with the times, and interested in making conversations a bit more quirky. One of the trends that can be noticed amongst the youth and social media savvy individuals is that they tend to shorten phrases or words to abbreviations, and if you are not in touch with these short forms, you may find it very hard to understand the conversation that is unfolding. Facebook is also home to such social media savvy users who tend to interact with other users on the platform, using this language of abbreviations.
When looking at some of these abbreviations, one of the more popular ones is PM. You may see some of the users telling you to PM them, or to send in requests via PM. You may even see brand accounts asking their fans to PM their views or reviews, which may sound confusing to the ordinary individual. While there are many translations to the term PM, but in the case of Facebook, and social media in general, PM stands for Personal Message. This usually refers to sending the user, a message in their inbox, rather than leaving a comment on their post or making a public comment with the user tagged within.
Sending a PM makes the conversation personal and exclusive and usually, people do it when there is something that they want to talk about, but do not want the public to be privy to the contents of the conversation. Brands usually host giveaways or contests and in order to communicate the results to the winner, they may reach out to the user and request him/her to PM them the relevant details.
So, the next time someone tells you to PM them on Facebook or Instagram or Whatsapp or any social media platform, that want you to send them a personal message. Each platform has its own messenger built-in, and you must make use of the same in order to do it. In the case of Facebook, the platform for sending a PM is Facebook Messenger.