Is your social media lingo up to date?

Sample entries include: Astroturfing: Trying to cheat the online community by creating a fake grassroots ‘buzz’ around a product, service or event. Some companies will get their people to pretend to be advocates or pay a blogger to say nice things but they should beware, most communities will see straight through you and the backlash can be destructive.

Blog storm or ‘swarm’: This is when a huge number of blog entries suddenly appear around a particular event or topic. John Sargeant’s woefully endearing per- formancon Strictly Come Dancing caused a ‘blog storm’ that dwarfed the activity around 9/11. Blog storms now regularly force stories into mainstream media.

Dooced: (v.) To slag off your employer and lose your job as a result. Named after Heather Armstrong (blog name Dooce) who was fired in 2002 for shouting her mouth off.

Easter Eggs: (1) All packaging and no chocolate, (2) Secret messages or graphics hidden in a computer program for a bit of a joke.

Flicktion: A collection of pictures on Flickr accompanied by short stories. Hat Tip: A public acknowledgement to someone (or a website) for bringing something to the blogger’s attention. Kitty Blog: A pointless blog.

A new jargon busting guide gets released.

let the madness begin.

The sure sign of a field maturing is the appearance of Jargon!


About Gautam

Gautam is a HR professional interested in how emerging technologies are impacting work, careers and organizations.

Posted on July 10, 2009, in blogging. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Is your social media lingo up to date?.

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