Official dictionaries regularly add new words in order to keep up with our changing language. Often these have taken shape on social media platforms.
The Oxford Dictionary language reference site recently added ‘bae’, ‘selfie stick’ and ‘cyberwarrior’.
It was thrilling to see the term ‘concern troll’ listed on the site too because I’ve been thinking about new terms recently. (Clearly, a concern troll is “A person who disingenuously expresses concern about an issue with the intention of undermining or derailing genuine discussion”).
If you spend enough time on social media (for me, Twitter in particular) you see regular patterns of behaviour and I want to be able to name them. So ‘concern troll’, to me, is a terrific.
What’s the term for:
- When you’re not sure when to end a Twitter conversation. If you end it, you feel rude, if you continue the conversation, you’ll look needy. It’s awkward.
- When you see a funny or controversial tweet in your tweetstream and you make a mental note to respond or, at least, retweet. By the time you think of a response you’ve forgotten who posted it, you can’t find it and it’s lost in the Twitter ether.
- When you think someone is using a Twitter hashtag just to be part of the hashtag – jumping on a bandwagon to be noticed, but not adding anything creative. (“So what is #thisnewhashtag all about?”)
- When a tweet that includes your @handle is relentlessly Favorited or Retweeted by a bunch of others. It’s like being caught in a Reply All email trap.
- When you think you’ve tweeted something quite useful and intelligent and look back six hours later to spot the rediculous typo. (And others have already tweeted it).
If you know of an existing #sosheterm or, better yet, would like to make one up – please pitch in below.