The creator of this new website dedicated to the language of the internet is Marie Muzard, author of Ces grands singes qui nous dirigent published by Albin Michel and of a blog called Nous, les primates. For 15 years she has headed MMC, an online/offline crisis communications agency.
Two years ago, Marie Muzard did not know what a blog was. She followed a steep learning curve before finally gaining confidence online, which has prompted her help demystify the jargon and bring the language of online social networking within the reach of all of us. MyNetWords explains all these new words and also ventures an opinion on what is really behind them, whether we should laugh at them, take them seriously or be very afraid…! Here are the first hundred or so key words. The glossary will grow over time, and include contributions from internet users.
I would like to thank everyone who has encouraged me in finding my way around online by trial and error, Aurélie Olivier and my family for putting up with me, and Kathrin Schurrer and Marc Traverson (la troisième voie.com) who helped me get this off the ground. Then, I would like to pay tribute to the work of Nora Neko (aka Olivier Gomel), graphic and multimedia designer and developer, without whom this guide would never have taken shape. Thanks, too, to Frances Meadows for translating and adapting MyNetWords for English speakers.