HMU Meaning

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What does HMU mean?

HMU means Hit Me Up.

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HMU Meaning
Find out what HMU means and how it is used.

HMU is an initialism used to tell others to call you, text you or otherwise get in contact with you.

Where is HMU used?

Two of the primary places HMU is used is in text messages and in online conversations on platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

HMU is used on the follow platforms and places:

  • texting
  • online conversation
  • Discord
  • Facebook
  • Facebook Messenger
  • Instagram
  • Snapchat
  • Twitch
  • Twitter
An example of the initialism HMU in a text message.
An example of the initialism HMU in a text message.

How is HMU used?

HMU is used to tell someone or some group of people to get in touch with you, usually by calling or texting you. It is generally used when telling someone to contact you at a later date. For example, it is commonly used like this:

  • HMU after you do [x]
  • HMU before you do [x]
  • HMU when you [x]
  • HMU at [x] time

HMU is often used toward the end of a conversation.

Do people say HMU out loud?

No, but they do say “hit me up”.

Example Uses of HMU

In a text message:
HMU after work! There's something I need to talk to you about.

Someone tells their friend to contact them after work so they can talk about something important.

In a text message:
HMU if you need any computer help.

Someone tells their technologically challenged friend to contact them if they need any help with their computer.

On Facebook Messenger:

Someone tells their friend to contact them before leaving for a trip.

In a text message:
Sounds good! HMU in the AM!

Someone is making plans with their friend for tomorrow and tells them to hit them up in the morning.

On Twitter:

Someone offers to help a friend sell their car when they're ready.

Who uses HMU?

HMU is used by many different people, but is probably used most frequently by those who grew up Facebook around 2010 and 2011.

History of HMU

First Use

Unlike some slang terms which have always been used here and there, HMU basically came out of nowhere and was suddenly used by everyone.

It was probably first used in 2009, which is when it was first defined on Urban Dictionary and when people began searching for it on Google.

Data from Google Trends showing the popularity of searches for HMU.
Data from Google Trends showing the popularity of searches for HMU.

Rise in Popularity

According to Google Trends, searches for HMU increased suddenly in 2009 and 2010, and again in 2011. We don’t know the exact reason, but we suspect it was due to widespread use of the initialism on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

What was used before HMU?

Nothing was used before HMU. Instead, people would use some combination of words to get the same message across, like “hit me up” or “contact me” or “text me” or “call me” or “give me a call”.