The List: Text & Chat Acronyms


It's here! NetLingo has a new iPhone app and it's called:
The List: Text & Chat Acronyms
(this link will launch iTunes)

Whether you're a parent who wants to know what your kids are online chatting about, or a texting or chat addict who needs the latest acronyms, this app is for you! Powered by NetLingo, the largest library of texting, chat and IM acronyms and abbreviations on the web, this handy application provides an instant reference to over 1800 acronyms, plus 230 smileys.

Each acronym, abbreviation and smiley is defined and additional information such as acronym origin, usage, and classification is provided. Free future updates will include new acronyms and smileys from our ever-expanding database, plus enhanced application features such as lingo search, cross-linked acronym references, and the NetLingo.com "Word of the Day" feeds direct to your app. Happy messaging!

Special Offer: For a limited time, buyers of version 1.0 will receive a future free upgrade to NetLingo Premium upon it's release, which will include the ENTIRE NetLingo dictionary of online jargon for everything from business to technology to organizations, and more ;-)
Learn more about the NetLingo iPhone app here!

2G2BT,
Erin



Trendiest iPhone App: Social Networking - But Beware of Latest Facebook Scam!


iPhone users are the most active social networkers of all the smart phone users, according to the quarterly Smartphone Intelligence survey released this week. Among the social networking apps, Facebook has won out as the iPhone app of choice. Approximately 71% of users use the app to access their account, and 37% list Facebook among their top three most used apps.

Even though iPhone is leading the way in apps -- iPhone users are more likely to spend money on their apps preferring those priced under $5, and 72% of iPhone users download 10 or more apps -- iPhone has ranked as the worst smartphone for mobile advertising click-through rates according to online advertising network Chitika.

No surprise really, apps rock and advertising bites, but the thing to stay aware of is practicing prudence with regard to online scams. Most recently a Missouri woman was tricked into wiring $4,000 to someone in England after receiving faked messages from a friend on Facebook asking for help.

Apparently someone took over the Facebook account of Grace Parry and changed the password so she couldn't access it. They then sent out messages saying she and her husband had been detained in London and needed money. Jayne Scherrman wired the money through Western Union after receiving what she believed were several requests for help from her friend. She was even called by a man with a British accent who pretended to be an immigration official! Police say it's unlikely she'll get her money back.

Facebook said Internet schemes like this one aren't uncommon. Facebook has systems to detect suspicious behavior tied to compromised accounts and blocks it when it possible, but the onus is on you. Remember to change your passwords often and be careful about posting personal information.
DBEYR,
Erin

As Internet turns 40, Faces Mid-Life Crisis




The Internet is facing a mid-life crisis. It’s impossible to set an exact date for the birth of the Internet. According to Stan Schroeder, you could say that it was born when the first two nodes of the ARPANET were connected between UCLA and SRI International in Menlo Park, California, on October 29th, 1969. Or you could say that it all began when Len Kleinrock and his team at UCLA transferred some data between two computers on September 2nd that same year. Either way, he claims it was last seen with a blonde in a red corvette.

According to Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer, a variety of factors that are seen as barriers to its growth are to blame. Spam and hacking attacks force network operators to erect security firewalls. Authoritarian regimes block access to many sites and services within their borders. And commercial considerations spur policies that can thwart rivals, particularly on mobile devices like the iPhone.

"There is more freedom for the typical Internet user to play, to communicate, to shop — more opportunities than ever before," said Jonathan Zittrain, a law professor and co-founder of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. "On the worrisome side, there are some longer-term trends that are making it much more possible (for information) to be controlled."

Early obscurity helped the Internet blossom, free from regulatory and commercial constraints that might discourage or even prohibit experimentation. "For most of the Internet's history, no one had heard of it," Zittrain said. "That gave it time to prove itself functionally and to kind of take root." Even the U.S. government, which funded much of the Internet's early development as a military project, largely left it alone, allowing its engineers to promote their ideal of an open network.

"Allow that open access, and a thousand flowers bloom," said Kleinrock, a UCLA professor since 1963. "One thing about the Internet you can predict is you will be surprised by applications you did not expect." That idealism is eroding.

An ongoing dispute between Google Inc. and Apple Inc. underscores one such barrier. Like some other mobile devices that connect to the Internet, the iPhone restricts the software that can run on it. Only applications Apple has vetted are allowed. Apple recently blocked the Google Voice communications application, saying it overrides the iPhone's built-in interface. Skeptics, however, suggest the move thwarts Google's potentially competing phone services.

On desktop computers, some Internet access providers have erected barriers to curb bandwidth-gobbling file-sharing services used by their subscribers. Comcast Corp. got rebuked by FCC last year for blocking or delaying some forms of file-sharing; Comcast ultimately agreed to stop that. The episode galvanized calls for the government to require "net neutrality," which essentially means that a service provider could not favor certain forms of data traffic over others. But that wouldn't be a new rule as much as a return to the principles of 40 years ago.

Now, what the Internet's leading engineers are trying to avoid are barriers that are so burdensome that they squash emerging ideas before they can take hold. Already, there is evidence of controls at workplaces and service providers slowing the uptake of file-sharing and collaboration tools. Video could be next if consumers shun higher-quality and longer clips for fear of incurring extra bandwidth fees. Likewise, startups may never get a chance to reach users if mobile gatekeepers won't allow them. If such barriers keep innovations from the hands of consumers, we may never know what else we may be missing along the way. As seen in The Week. Read the full story on Yahoo! Tech News, and read Stan's post on mashable here.
BHIMBGO,
Erin

The millionth word in English? It's Web 2.0


You know you are living in auspicious times when you get to ring in the year 2000 and technology such as the Internet changes your daily routine. But to be around when the one millionth word is added to the English language? Incredible, not to mention the fact that the word happens to be Web 2.0!

Did you know the English language contains more words than any other language on the planet? According to Global Language Monitor, a Web site that uses a math formula to estimate how often words are created, more than 14 words are added to English every day.

As a lexicographer who specializes in online communication, I'm fascinated by words and I'm here to tell you that MANY MORE terms are going to be added to our lexicon. NetLingo gets new acronyms and text messaging abbreviation submissions everyday. Now of course, not all of the online jargon or business and technology terms that you see on NetLingo will be officially "added" to the English language, but that doesn't mean they're not in use all around you.

Believe it or not, Web 2.0 is most likely all around you. Now is a good time to make sure you understand what it means ;-) See also: NetLingo definition of Web 2.0; CNN announcement of one millionth word
FTR,
Erin