noun, plural ra·tios.
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What else does ratio mean?
On the social media platform Twitter, a ratio, or getting ratioed, is when replies to a tweet vastly outnumber likes or retweets. This means people are objecting to the tweet and considering its content bad.
Where does ratio come from?
You might remember from math class that a ratio is a proportional relationship between two numbers. For example, if I have two carrots for every one apple, my carrot-to-apple ratio is 2:1, or 2/1 as a fraction.
In the Twittersphere, a ratio specifically refers to the number of replies to a tweet versus the number of likes and retweets. The importance of this ratio was first called out by user @85mf, who noted on March 7, 2017 that U.S. congressman Jason Chaffetz had a tweet with 701 replies and only 23 retweets and 108 likes. @85mf commented: “Nothing on this site makes me happier than reply-to-RT ratios like this. That is the ratio of someone who fuuuuu***d up.”
In April 2017, an article in Esquire, “How to Know If You’ve Sent a Horrible Tweet: A Deep Dive into The Ratio,” gave a longer description of this phenomenon. Essentially, showing you like something on Twitter is easy: You simply like or retweet the comment. It takes more effort, however, to leave a negative comment, so, if lots of people do so, then it must be a sign the tweet has really stepped in it. By fall 2017, the noun ratio had been verbed, as in I’ve been ratioed or Let’s ratio this guy.
Before Twitter analytics became a thing, having something that was well-ratioed, like ingredients on a sandwich, meant it was well-proportioned. But since 2017, there is little positive about being ratioed. It means your tweet has been taken down by the hive mind.
How is ratio used in real life?
Ratios are obviously found all over math and science and their uncountable real-world applications, where it’s just another way of expressing the proportional relationship between two numbers.
But on social media, a ratio refers specifically to this relationship between comments, retweets, and likes, and it implies a post is objectionable.
Here for the ratio, and to ask again when you'll hire another public editor or reader advocate.
— beeswax (@realmissbeeswax) November 25, 2018
While it started on Twitter and is most commonly found there, users’ posts can be ratioed on nearly any social media platform, including Reddit and Instagram.
The definition has also expanded to refer to the ratio of the number of people a user follows based on how many people follow them—a sign of internet popularity as well (or lack thereof).
ugh look at that skinny ratio😩 pic.twitter.com/K8JO4bEbPL
— ًpaige (@sochemicaI) November 25, 2018
Getting ratioed on Twitter has become such a trend that it’s spawned its own hashtag, #ratioed, which salty tweeters use to note particularly unpopular tweets.
In the gaming world, your ratio more likely refers to your k/d ratio—your kill-to-death ratio, meaning how many players you’ve killed versus how many times you’ve been killed.
More examples of ratio:
“It’s widely considered that if you have a ratio of 2:1 for replies to retweets, you’ve done something wrong. So if your ratio gets higher than that, you know you’re in trouble.”
—Rachel Hosie, The Independent (UK), April 2017
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Example sentences from the Web for ratio
During an emergency that ratio could be allowed to drop to 8.5 people per orbit.
However, the Air Force is so strapped for people that the ratio has dropped below even that reduced level.
From that, they extracted the ratio of the number of deuterium atoms to the number of hydrogen atoms.
Two years ago, Asian American voters voted for Obama over Romney by a ratio of more than 3-to-1.Asian Americans Are The Country’s Fastest Growing Swing Vote|Tim Mak|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The beauty of the project comes from the ratio of professional artists, recreational artists, and just creative people.
In the arrangement of hauling gear above described the ratio of the gear is 1:8.44, in the case of tugs Nos.
In ratio of increase the Western cities far surpass the Eastern cities.Montreal 1535-1914, Volume II (of 2)|William Henry Atherton
Find two numbers such that their sum, difference, and the sum of their squares are in the ratio 5 : 3 : 51.A Review of Algebra|Romeyn Henry Rivenburg
The same year the ratio of wealth productivity was as 66 to 37.
In numbers, Valdivia has a larger German population, but the ratio is smaller for Valdivia is the larger place.Journeys and Experiences in Argentina, Paraguay, and Chile|Henry Stephens
British Dictionary definitions for ratio
noun plural -tios
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Medical definitions for ratio
n. pl. ra•tios
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An expression of the relative size of two numbers by showing one divided by the other.