People often get flustered about new technologies because they feel like they’re not going to use it the right way, they might somehow break it, or (and this is a big one) that they’re going to do something wrong and end up looking stupid. And there are good reasons for these fears: often new tech isn’t just intimidating because of its perceived complexity but also because those trying to learn more about it are often confronted by a wall of impenetrable jargon or unfamiliar words.
This is especially true when it comes to social media. Not only is much of what we read filled with cryptic TXT speak, references we might not be hip enough to catch, and acronyms that make us nervous, but the whole medium also has a lot of jargon and customs that have built up over the years that often seem totally normal to regular users but can scare the heck out of new users. And, being humans who are eager to try to fit in to a new situation, many of us are too embarrassed to ask the “old timers” to define words we don’t understand. The results can be pretty horrifying (and funny).
Luckily there are people like Maggie Hibma in the world who recognize the difficulties newbies face and who are willing to take the time and effort to make things easier for those of us intimidated by the lingo. In her new blog post Definitions of 34 Twitter Terms You Were Too Embarrassed to Ask About she does an amazing job of demystifying not only the jargon you might encounter on the popular microblogging tool but also provides a wealth of insight into how and why you might even want to use the terms yourself to become a better Tweeter. Thanks, Maggie!by