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What Is 'Bump'? Is Bump the Same as 'To The Top'?


Question: What Is 'Bump'? Is Bump the Same as 'To The Top'?
You saw this odd expression in a discussion forum today: 'bump'. What exactly is bump and what is it used for? About.com explains this peculiar acronym here...
Answer: 'Bump' means 'bump to the top of the recent list'. It is identical to the expression 'TTT' or 'to the top'. Bump and TTT are used to promote a discussion thread to the top of the recently-active list. You will see the bump and TTT expressions in online discussion forums where some of the users are very experienced, and know how to draw attention to specific discussion postings.

Because most online discussion forums have a changing list that displays the recently-active discussion threads, experienced users put this to their advantage. To push a particular conversation topic to the top of the recent list, an experienced user will add a very short reply with the words 'bump' or 'TTT. While they could type anything to push the conversation to the top, bump and TTT are the most common expressions.

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