NetLingo 2020 Word of the Year: Zoom

Zoom video conferencing software usage exploded in 2020, also known as the "year of the Covid-19 pandemic." It was many people's lifeline to work and friends because it combined video conferencing, online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration and let people WFH. Like many pervasive Internet products, Zoom eventually became a verb, for example "Let's Zoom this afternoon so I can see exactly what you're talking about" and of course it spawned it's own jargon with the advent of Zoombombing, or disrupting video calls with violent, pornographic or offensive content. 

There's clearly no competition for the NetLingo 2020 word of the year as Zoom surpassed 300 million daily Zoom meeting participants in 2020, a 50% increase from a month prior (200 million). For comparison, in December 2019, Zoom reported 10 million meeting participants. 

Erin Jansen, Internet Specialist, Social Psychologist, Founder of
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