Ms Belgian Waffle has given us a wonderful list of new words and bad behaviours:
– EGO-SURFING: When you frequently check your name and reputation on the Internet.
Guilty as charged. Ok, not frequently, and not always my actual name. Sometimes it’s my alias I check. But my maiden name used to be a google-whack. I mean, how cool was that? Fortunately, if you google “Aphra Behn” you find her, not me.
– BLOG STREAKING: “Revealing secrets or personal information online which for everybody’s sake would be best kept private.”
Yep. Yeppity yep. Yeppity yeppity yep-yep.
The really embarrassing thing is I’m a sociable creature. It’s odd meeting people who you wouldn’t recognise from Adam, who know your Most Embarrassing Sexual Moment, (trust me, you don’t want to know), the Name They Called You at Infant School, (you don’t want to know that, either), and the fact that your cat’s got worms. (You see, you didn’t want to know it, did you?)
– CRACKBERRY: “The curse of the modern executive: not being able to stop checking your BlackBerry, even at your grandmother’s funeral.” (A BlackBerry is a popular handheld device that can be used for phoning, emailing and web-browsing).
No. I’m ok with that. I can even ignore my mobile for – oh – a whole hour. OK?
– GOOGLE-STALKING: Defined as “snooping online on old friends, colleagues or first dates.”
Ah. Well. Yes. Maybe.
Did you know that you can set up alerts on google so it emails you whenever a particular word, phrase or – er – name appears in an online news report.
Shameful, isn’t it?
– CYBERCHONDRIA: “A headache and a particular rash at the same time? Extensive online research tells you it must be cancer.”
Ach, who cares. I have a doctor to answer those questions for me.
– PHOTOLURKING: Flicking through a photo album of someone you’ve never met.
Not really. I prefer words to pictures.
– WIKIPEDIHOLISM: Excess devotion to contributing to the online collaborative encyclopaedia, Wikipedia. (Wikipedia even has a page where you can test whether you’re an addict: (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wik…ic-Test)).
Not me, but my friend Tony and my friend Lucinda. Loved ’em to pieces, but lost ’em when they discovered they’d got a wiki side.
– CHEESEPODDING: Downloading of a song “so cheesy that you could cover it in plastic wrap and sell it at the deli counter.” Cheesepodders are especially vulnerable to soft-rock favourites from the 1970s.
Ach no. Can’t be bothered. But I am addicted to Listen Again.
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