Examples of mufo
Examples of mufo
Where does mufo come from?
The term mufo clips and blends the expression mutual follower. The term mutual follower is seen by at least June 2007 on Twitter, where a mutual follower is someone you follow on social media who follows you back (hence mutual).
tried to tidy up Twitter and leave anyone who wasn't a mutual follower but Twitter doesn't seem to let me leave anyone!!!
— Tish Shute (@TishShute) June 12, 2007
Because mutual follower is just apparently way too long for the internet, mutual follower was shortened to mufo by at least 2010.
Think I jus unfollowed all the regular mufo tht I THOUGHT was following me…@KevinKoolKev hit up ya source to see what I'm lookn like
— Mr Young (@Grade_A_Dre) August 29, 2010
Before the social media mufo went mainstream, mufo was sometimes used as shorthand for motherfucker or motherfucking. It’s still used that way sometimes online, similar to mofo, pronounced [moh-foh] and which dates back to the 1960s.
So if I don't tweet… muFo's be unfollowing on the low…. 0_o
— DefinitionOfNice (@Dnice_757) February 13, 2012
The expression mufo became more prevalent in 2016 on Twitter, perhaps in part to debates about the US presidential election that year that caused many people to unfollow social media friends.
lost my first (known) longtime-ish mufo today, so it begins. the great unfollowing
— kate (@garbagekate) December 27, 2016
Who uses mufo?
The notion of mutual followers, AKA mufos, is found on social media, especially Twitter and Instagram. People have a lot of love for their mufos, and it can be considered rude to unfollow or mute them.
Area Man Unmutes Mufo, Is Instantly Reminded of Reason for Mute
— bitteranagram (@bitteranagram) September 18, 2017
It is less common to see mufo as motherfucker with the new spread of mutual followers, but it still sees use.
When I look in the mirror I see one amazing ass mufo guy. #feelingood
— *IDontGiveaFUCK* (@DavidThat_Guy) May 30, 2013
MUFON, sometimes written MUFO, is the acronym for the Mutual UFO Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the search for intelligent extraterrestrial life.
Mufo is not to be confused with muufo, a traditional Somali flat bread.