What Does FANG Mean in a Text?

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"FANG" means Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google.

"FANG" is an acronym coined in 2013, to refer to four high-performing technology stocks on the US stock market: Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google.

The invention of the term FANG is credited to Jim Cramer, the host of CNBC's show Mad Money. These companies were grouped together because they were seen as some of the most powerful and influential entities in the tech sector, and their stocks performed well during that time.

In 2017, Cramer added Apple, so FANG became FAANG. In 2015, Google rebranded as Alphabet and, in 2021, Facebook became META Platforms.

By 2023, the value of Netflix stocks had fallen dramatically, while those of Microsoft had risen. This prompted Cramer to suggest a new acronym for the highest performing tech stocks: MAMAA: Meta, Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, and Alphabet.

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meaning of FANG

"FANG" is an acronym for Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google.

Summary of Key Points

"Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google" is the most common definition for FANG on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user

An Academic Look at FANG

"FANG" can be considered an acronym, because it is formed by taking the initial letters of the company names Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google and pronouncing them together as a single word, "fang."

Other examples of acronyms are:
  • NASA - "National Aeronautics and Space Administration."
  • UNICEF - "United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund."
Acronyms are often used as shorthand in many professional fields, such as technology, business, medicine, and government, as well as in general chat. They can help save time and space when communicating, especially when talking about complex or technical information.

Acronyms differ from initialism abbreviations, which are pronounced using their individual letters. For example:
  • BYO - "Bring Your Own."
  • GV - "Good Vibe."

Example of FANG Used in a Text

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