Just looked it up. Apparently MM is primarily used only within different sectors of business such as finance and marketing. Since I've been immersed in this stuff for the better part of 15 years, I thought it was common usage.
Within the whole of the internet marketing industry, who initially adopted it from the financial industry, and I'm sure many other industries as well, MM is simply the standardized and correct abbreviation for million. The original reasoning that MM came to use was because the finance people didn't want it to be confused with the roman numeral for thousands. However, it's been in use for many, many years since those origins. In fact, MM is even the abbreviation it is given on the wikipedia article for Million (sorry, but had to look it up!) It's quite odd to me that no one else has seen it before.
Why not stay in the computer idiom instead of Wall Street?
Because the Internet marketing industry adopted MM from the financial industry, and I've been so immersed in the Internet marketing industry for so many years, I thought that MM was much more commonplace than it turned out being.
since M can be confused with the roman numeral meaning thousand.
then why don't you use this(roman equivalent to one million)
I do wonder how many people today would see 1M and think in terms of Roman numerals?
I think that 1 out of 1M will consider M as equivalent to thousand.But there would be millions of people, certainly confused(as i did) about MM And I do wonder how many people would use roman numbers for such big numbers(thousand) and if it is used in context to roman , most of the people will misunderstand it(they all will think it as million instead of thousand).
When it comes to use roman numerals with big numbers , nobody prefer roman numerals . They use more famous abbreviations(like k for thousand , M for million etc).However it(M) is romand equiavalent But I have never seen M using as roman equivalent to thousand, because its not popular.I'm sure that if you could have written M instead of MM then probably this thread wouldn't not has taken place.
the number got so big it started to not fit for people on small monitors and with long usernames.
Thats why i say why don't you use single M instead of double M(MM) ? It require less space. LOL :)
MM sounds bizarre , you could use either M or MLN instead.Nobody will get confused with it.
Anyway, Daniweb is now so popular even if dani forgot to add MM , any member definately understand its about millions and somebody can think it as billions too.