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My NetWords

If you are already familiar with words like Google bombing, blogola, Twitter, crowdsourcing, mashup, poke and status, then read no further. If not, we present “MyNetWords – your critical guide to webspeak”.

The idea of this glossary (written by Marie Muzard) is to answer the questions of first-time online social networkers on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter, or anyone wanting to start blogging, micro blogging, taking part in online forums or simply to understand what is happening with the explosion in the numbers of messages, photos and videos on the internet. This isn’t easy. There are over a hundred words currently used by people on virtual social networks, blogs and websites: dweet, googling or poking someone, blogola, astroturfing, application, Web 2.0, and so on, which have not yet found their way into the dictionaries but have already infiltrated our speech, at least if we have any claim to be “cool”.

Mynetwords is designed as a practical guide, with explanations that will simplify your life as an internet user (Peer to peer, pagerank, etc.) and warn you of the threats awaiting you online: splog, cyberbullying and malware to name but a few.

Mynetwords is also there to help internet users keep up with the explosion in online sharing of messages, photos and videos, and get the best out of what the web has to offer: new technologies like cloud computing, new methods of communication like the webinar, or keeping informed (crowdsourcing) new kinds of online entertainment: lip dub, flash mob

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The other thing Mynetwords does is facilitate communication between different kinds of internet users – the geeks and the newbies, the digital generation and the silver surfers (now we all know about LOL, lag, poke, etc), as well as between internet users from different cultures. Mynetwords already exists in English, French, and Chinese version. English-speaking internauts can check out the latest trends on the web in China (Renrou Sousuo) and their Chinese counterparts can get an insight into the coded language of the internet in French and English. Mynetwords currently has over 200 key words but is steadily building, including through comments from its online readers.