When you text another user on social media you use acronyms and abbreviations to chat. If you are asking the question, what does DP mean in a text? How and when to use it in a text and why you might run into it in a text? This article answers all the question.
DP means Display Pictures or you can say Display Photos. It refers to the image on your profile picture which represents you on social media or any website.
This acronym though it’s widely used on Twitter, cuts across other social media platforms and even used in the offline world because you can tell a close friend “I need to change my DP”.
DP can also be used as a verb about a picture you will like to turn to a display picture. You can tell a friend; ” you can DP a picture of yourself at work, it represents your brand well”.
You DP shows next to your name in posts and comments on social media.
Origin Of DP
Display pictures are a recent innovation. In the early days of internet, chatrooms were entirely text-based using the internet relay chat system (IRC).
Later on in the early 2000s, message boards started allowing users to set an avatar (a common way of calling display photos) on their profiles. When Facebook, Instagram and Twitter was invented, adding a picture of yourself to your profile became a phenomenal practice.
Now display pictures are everywhere on all social media sites and messaging apps that requires an account. Display Pictures helps us to visualize people on the internet and not see them as aliens, It simply puts a face to the name.
Nowadays people can put a DP of their favorite celebrity especially on Twitter; this is usually to show their fandom and attract fellow fans. They can put up a favorite sports team, musical icon or fashion icon on their DP as a way of showing they Stan these famous people.
Your DP can become a topic of conversation, a timeline post is created on Facebook when you change your DP. People can comment and like your display photos. It also affects discourse on Twitter as other assumptions about you based on your display photos.
Facebook refers to DP as Profile picture, Instagram and Google refers to it as Profile photo, Discord refers to it as Avatar while Snapchat calls it display photos. It’s just another way to label your profile photo.
So when next you text a friend and they’re using the acronym ‘dp’ in their texts, just know it means your display photos.
Display pictures on your profile helps people identify your profile together with your username, display name, location, website and Bio-Data.
Photos are very important because they help us visualize who we are talking to, it’s important you put a display picture so that people can recognize your communication will have a human touch. You can put up a really nice picture of you on your display pictures for easy recognition, even a selfie can make a good display photo.
Although they are people that will like to remain faceless either for security reasons or out of shyness. You just have to be careful while interacting with a faceless person on the internet.
Now you have an answer to the question What does DP mean in a text?
This article was first published on August 19, 2022 11:52 a.m. WAT
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