Here's What 'DMs' Stand for and What 'Sliding Into Them' Means

People Everywhere Online Are Saying They Want to 'Slide into Your DMs'

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You may have seen it in a tweet, in a Vine caption, on an internet meme or somewhere else online: "sliding into your DMs" is a new Internet slang expression that people are saying and spreading around as a meme. It's a big trend with teens and young adults who are very active on social media.

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What Are DMs?

DMs stand for direct messages.

On Twitter, you have a tab that allows you to privately message any other user who follows you (or those you don't follow you have their DM settings open to everyone). Most people refer to it as a DM for short.

What It Means When Someone Says 'Slide into Your DMs Like...'

Since you can have an open conversation with anyone on Twitter by replying to a tweet or putting @username in front of your tweet, DMs are often used for conversations that you and the other user would rather keep just between the two of you. The expression "slide into your DMs" implies that it takes someone who's very smooth and bold to privately message a stranger or acquaintance online.

In many cases, it's an expression often said to represent the way an overly confident or even flirtatious user might contact someone they're interested in. "Slide into your DMs like..." is sometimes accompanied by something visual — a photo or video to convey the right action or feeling.

Popular 'Slide into DMs' Hashtags on Twitter and Vine

Both Twitter and Vine users are tweeting and vining with variations of the "slide into DMs" expression. On Vine, private messages are called VMs (Vine messages) so some hashtags replace DMs with VMs instead.

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The expression seems to be particularly popular on Vine for being a video platform that people can use to film their own interpretations of what "sliding" really means to them — however slick, ungraceful, or hilarious that may be. The great thing about trends like these is that they're so open-ended, inspired social content creators can get really creative and use them to apply to almost anything. And that only adds to the virality!

Check out the following hashtag links to see what people are tweeting and vining for this trend.

On Twitter:

On Vine:

You can also find hashtags similar to the ones above being used on both Instagram and Tumblr.

The 'Slide In Yo DMs Like...' YouTube Comedy Sketch and Song

Popular YouTuber Tpindell made a short comedy sketch and music parody called Slide In Yo DMs Like... to offer a pretty accurate representation of how one might use the expression in a certain situation, along with several clips that break out into song and various "sliding" styles.

You can watch that video here.

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