Social Media is Redefined
Social Media is redefined to fit our modern culture in ways that we don’t even realize. One of the subconscious ways we are shifting is in the way we speak. Terms are being coined left and right, tonalities are inferred through text, abbreviations are replacing common phrases; social media is shifting our language in interesting new territories. This past week Merriam-Webster recognized some of these terms through its addition into the renowned dictionary.
“So many of these new words show the impact of online connectivity to our lives and livelihoods,” Peter Sokolowski, Editor at Large for Merriam-Webster, said, “Tweep, selfie and hashtag refer to the ways we communicate and share as individuals,” .
The new definitions read as:
Selfie: an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera especially for posting on social networks
Tweep: a person who uses the Twitter online message service to send and receive tweets
Hashtag: a word or phrase preceded by the symbol # that classifies or categorizes the accompanying text (such as a tweet)
Crowdfunding: the practice of soliciting financial contributions from a large number of people especially from the online community
Catfish: a person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes
Social Networking: the creation and maintenance of personal and business relationships especially online
It remains a big month for social media with possible new Facebook updates. Facebook is reportedly testing a new feature among a small percentage of users. If proved successful, the new features will create a more social Check-In feature. The Check-In feature will change what we see on our News Feed based on our interests and where we’ve been. Location services will begin posting and targeting common areas or activities depending on where you check in.
In addition to the Check-In update, Facebook will begin implementing “cards”. These “cards” will be used to announce the beginning or completion of new books you’re reading, movies watched, shows watched, etc. According to a Facebook Spokesman, “These cards can help you discover information about where you are or what to do next, or inspire conversations with your friends around you. This feature respects all existing privacy settings, and the card would only show you information that you could already see elsewhere on Facebook.”
Social media is redefining our lives and world around us. Are you excited to see where else this technological age will take us.