What Does FBO Mean?

FBO means "Facebook Official." When two people are in a relationship, declaring the status of the relationship publicly on social media is considered an important step in making the relationship official. Many people may question the legitimacy of a relationship if it has not been published on Facebook.

FBO is not just for positive statuses. In the eyes of many people, break-ups must also adhere to the same rule.

Summary of Key Points

"Facebook Official" is the most common definition for FBO on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Facebook Official
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write FBO, I mean this:

meaning of FBO
According to some, a relationship is only real when it's "Facebook Official."


Examples of FBO in Sentences

Here are examples of FBO being used in conversations:
  • Tony: Did you see Kyle and Jenna are FBO?
  • Jordan: It must be getting serious!
  • Tony: I can't make it tonight. I have plans with Kayla.
  • Jordan: Seriously, when are you guys gonna make it FBO?

An Academic Look at FBO

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Eff Bee Oh"), FBO is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "Courting" or "Dating" instead of FBO.

Example of FBO Used in a Text


See Also

FBC (facebook chat) FBF (facebook friend) GNFB (good night facebook) FOUO (for official use only) OUO (official use only)