OTOH is the answer to the crossword clue
[Texted lead-in to an alternative]
in today’s New York Times puzzle

OTOH crossword elizabeth robert browning hands met museum
Clasped Hands of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, by Harriet Goodhue Hosmer, 1853, at the Met

OTOH, short for “on the other hand,” is a [Texter’s transition] used to mean [“Then again…,” in a tweet].

It’s also seen as a [Texter’s equivocation]. [“However,” on screens], it might be seen less often as [“Conversely,” online] than as the answer to such clues in crossword apps.

Texting alternative?

Robyn Weintraub, New York Times – Sat, Dec 28, 2019

[But we should consider this”: initially]: OTOH is more common these days than some other text-speak answers. Not many people still use a word like IMING for [Starting an e-chat], or the word “e-chat,” for that matter.

When they use puns like [However quickly?] for OTOH, crossword puzzles make it a slightly tougher road to hoe. Still, once you know the letters the answer is pretty straightforward. So we’ll sew this post up here today, [However brief?].