What Does P4P Mean?

P4P means "Pictures For Proof," "Pound For Pound," or "Proactive Provider Participation For P2P."

Pictures For Proof

The abbreviation P4P is often used between friends as a good-humoured challenge to a status update on social media. P4P is a request or demand for photographic evidence and signifies that the sender does not believe a claim made by the recipient. Between lovers, P4P usually implies that the sender doesn't trust their partner and wants them to prove they are where they claim to be. When used during sexually-explicit online conversations, P4P is a request for pictorial proof that the recipient is doing what they say they're doing (e.g., sitting naked or lying in bed).

"Pictures For Proof" is also abbreviated as PFP.

Pound For Pound

The abbreviation P4P is also commonly used to compare the value of items of different weights. In the UK, where the currency is the pound sterling, P4P is often used to compare the price of items sold by weight. However, more widely, P4P is used in combat sports to compare fighters between weight classes. In this context, P4P is a subjective judgment on the merits of each fighter, with the idea of determining who would win if the fighters were the same size.

Proactive Provider Participation For P2P

In the context of file sharing online, P4P is a protocol designed to improve the use of available bandwidth in a P2P (Peer To Peer) network. P4P works by reducing the volume of traffic by intelligently selecting peers to optimize routing efficiency.

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When I write P4P, I mean this: meaning of P4P P4P also means "Pictures For Proof" and "Proactive Provider Participation For P2P."

Summary of Key Points

First Definition for P4P

P4P means "Pictures For Proof." This is the most common definition for P4P on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter.
Definition:Pictures For Proof
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user
Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition for P4P

P4P also means "Pound For Pound." This is another common definition for P4P on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter.
Definition:Pound For Pound
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user
Adults and Teenagers

Third Definition for P4P

P4P also means "Proactive Provider Participation For P2P":
Definition:Proactive Provider Participation For P2P
Guessability:guessability level 5
5: Extremely difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user


Examples of P4P in Sentences

Here are examples of P4P being used in conversations:
  • Neil: I had a date with Nicky last night.
  • Bill: No way! P4P!
  • (Here, P4P means "Pictures For Proof.")
  • Nina: Ali was the greatest boxer of all time.
  • Bob: But, P4P, Sugar Ray Leonard was definitely the better fighter.
  • (Here, P4P means "Pound For Pound.")
  • Nick: My internet connection is so poor, I can't stream anything P2P.
  • Bert: You should be able to use a P4P, network. I'll have a look.
  • (Here, P4P means "Proactive Provider Participation For P2P.")

An Academic Look at P4P

P4P is defined as a cyber term because some of its characters are used as substitutes for letters. Most cyber terms were introduced to reduce the number of key strokes required to write the word, but since the arrival of predictive texting and keyboards on mobile devices, this efficiency is now not usually required.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have just said "Pictures For Proof" or "Pound For Pound" instead of using the abbreviation P4P.

The phrase "Proactive Provider Participation For P2P" obviously didn't exist before the digital era.

Using Numbers in Texts

This video shows the different ways that numbers are used in "text speak":

Example of P4P Used in a Text


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