“OMG” Social Media acronyms, understanding this brave new high tech language/code - “LOL”

Jackson says "OMG!"

But what is he really saying? Translation please!

I will be the first to admit that Social Media is pretty hip and cool, far hipper and cooler than I could ever hope to be. When I was growing up we never communicated via "text messages" or "tweets" or IM's. Nobody had cell phones.
Xbox wasn't even invented yet. State of the art technology was ourAtari which we played games like "Pong" and "Asteroid" on. The internet wasn't even here yet, let alone the cordless phone!

Now as we enter 2008 Social Media has become all the rage with pretty much every living generation. We can now communicate 100+ different ways using 100+ different tools and technology. But as the ways in which we communicate with one another changes, our language must adapt. Here comes along the Social Media acronyms.

To the first time user, decoding through the conversation of Social Media acronyms can be a difficult task. It's like a new universal web language. For the longest time “lol” had me completely lost at to what it meant.

Slow to learn, I only recently figured out a few:

OMG = oh my gosh/God

POST = People, Objectives, Strategy, Technology

SMO = Social Media Optimization

CGM = Consumer Generated Media

LOL = laugh out loud

SEO = search engine optimization

SES = search engine strategies

SEM = search engine marketing

BTW = by the way

P/U = pick up

Please let this post serve as an invitation to communicate with me Web 2.0 style:

Facebook: http://profile.to/heathergardner/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/heathergardner
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/heathergardner
Plurk: http://www.plurk.com/user/heathergardner

And for me to be a better listener to you, I must first understand more of what you are saying. So please tell me, “What acronyms or abbreviations do you use to communicate via web 2.0?”

I'd really love to hear....

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Comment by Susan Kang Nam on July 9, 2008 at 5:47pm
Hi Heather ~ enjoy your blog posts as always.. and this blog post is great.. how about ROFL = Rolling On the Floor Laughing :)
Comment by Heather Gardner on July 9, 2008 at 6:52pm
Good one! I reading that one all the time, but I thought it was more of a noise... you educated me on ROFL as an acronyn ;-) Thank you!


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