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S: (adj) retarded (relatively slow in mental or emotional or physical development) "Stephanie was so out of touch with internet speak, her social networking skills became exceptionally retarded".
So, moving forward, what the hell?
I feel so out of touch with what is correct online anymore. You all know I've griped about “text-speak” and the like.
Wow, I just said "and the like"... I think I am older than my 30 years.
Tell me wonderful people of the Interwebs, what kind of language is acceptable these days?
- Is lol / LOL / lol'ed appropriate any longer? Sometimes there are funny blogs/comments/Facebook updates that do actually make me chortle (If you haven't yet, you have to read 27b/6) aloud, but as I commented on Simple Dude's post, if you still internally snicker/giggle or outwardly smile at something, how else do you relay that without sounding like a tool? I find "hehe" "haha" "just kidding" or "I found that particular comment somewhat amusing" just don't suffice. Plus, they take too long to type (yes, even hehe, it still technically contains one extra letter).
|Yes, my laptop is free-standing and the lower half of my body isn't attached to the top half. Thanks for asking.|
|Apparently all other bloggers are large-nosed, fingerless, dread-wearing chicks who blog while in yoga chair pose.|
- Even *I* know that nobody uses ROFLOLing anymore. I think. (Except one time recently when BF said one of my posts was funny and I was whiny about why he never laughed. His reply? What, do you expect me to roffloll... *snickers*. Yes, he sounded it out. On purpose. I
hope thinkam prettysure.)
- Is it appropriate to use emoticons? You know, ole smiley :-) , winky ;-) , big smiley :-D , surprised guy :-O , nearly forgotten sticking-out tongue-at-you dude :-P, cheesy-assed heart <3 (that I TOTALLY use in google chat because it turns right-side up and turns RED people, it turns motherffing RED!).
- Is it appropriate to link back to your own blog with your web address, or reference a related/somewhat-related/not even remotely related post in your comments? I do this often, as it seems we are a sharing community that way. I will invite people to say hello, or use html to shorten that shit down. I've even tried to work it so that if someone clicks on my link it will open in a new window (so as not to divert traffic from the blogger's site I am commenting on) but usually "new window" targets are not allowed in commenting. I don't mind. Though I think if you leave your url at the bottom of the comment (if not referencing a particular post) that it speaks on its own to check out the site. You don't really need to finish with anything more than the web address itself. What do you think? Cool? Not cool?
- These bullet points are actually really long paragraphs. Just sayin'.
- I know it's my own personal discussion board/venting outlet/creative tool, so I can do whatever I damn well please with it, but if you generally fall into a particular genre (for most of the bloggers who follow me, I would say observational humour), is it appropriate to post deep thoughts, emotional posts, serious topics? My ”It Gets Better” post was scary and honest and true and I put it out there for all to see. And despite the number of page hits and views, despite the content, it only received 5 comments (2 were from family). On something I think everyone has an opinion on or can relate to at some level. So - is there no place for that here? Thoughts?
|Curious to know your honest thoughts, though I'd like to think I will be defiant and post whatever the hell I want to.|
- What other uncool stuff have people pulled on their blogs, or in your comments? What other faux pas should be avoided? I want make sure I have a semblance of what is truly appropriate with all you more experienced folks out there, and other non-bloggers who know the social media circuit and these interwebs here.
- Is it okay to have a Twitter account and only update it occasionally when you get an email that someone is following you? I see other people's regular funny comments, and figure I am doing it wrong. I kinda sorta totally hate Twitter.
- Is lol cool on Facebook? Is it annoying as hell to post new blog links as my status? I figure it is the only way some people might remember to check it out (who aren't regular blog followers or readers). I worry it comes off spammy, but kind of don't give a shit, either. I made a Facebook page, but only 9 people seem interested. Hint, hint. Just kidding.
- Oh yeah, I will continue to express myself, of course, and stick it to "The Man" while blogging (hahahaha) <---- see that right there should be an lol, shouldn't it? No? I'm so confused.
|Who the fuck says cheerio? Seriously.|