I enjoyed finishing reading The Atlantic with Barbara Wallraff’s “Word Fugitives” column every month. Until earlier this year, when it was replaced with Jeffrey Goldberg’s attempts at humor. For old time sake, I am borrowing the “Word Fugitive” format and applying it to the world of blogs and tweets. Here is a list of blog/twitter situations for which “there should be a word”.
#1 The ego-crushing realization, in the course of a face to face conversation covering topics you’ve written about, that the other person has not read your blog/tweets on this. Even though the first thing they told you when you met 10 minutes earlier is that they love your blog.
Candidate: followimp (from Shlomo).
#2 Conversely when someone brings up in the conversation something you wrote and had forgotten you did (maybe we need two words here, one if you are happy to be reminded of this and one if you’d rather not have been).
Candidates: twegreat and twegrets, respectively (from Shlomo).
#3 Seeing the corner of the blogo-twitto-sphere where you hang out light up in response to someone’s post even though you wrote up the same thing two years ago. At least you were trying to explain the same thing, but your brilliance went unnoticed.
#4 The frustrating (for system modelers at least) intermixing of data (your text) and metadata (e.g. the identification of the tweet you are responding to) in Tweeter conversations.
#5 (This one comes from @Beaker) The art of carving up tweets from others to be able to retweet them in 140 characters.
Hoff has a suggestion: Twexter (Twitter + Dexter).
#6 The art of guessing early the Twitter #hashtag that will emerge as a winner for a given topic.
#7 The frustration of having too many blog drafts and no time to write them up.
Candidate: blocrastination. And Neil WD offered logjam in the comments.
#8 (added on 2009/10/22 after seeing this) The feeling of nakedness one has while his/her blog is offline.
[UPDATED 2010/3/8: See part 2 for more.]
[UPDATED 2010/8/12: And part 3.]