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Social Media Word Buzz: 10 Trending Terms Every User Should Know

Hey, everyone! I’m Miss Jenny, a teacher at Lil’ but Mighty. If you are an active social media user, you would have noticed that there have been a large number of new social media terms that have come to light over the recent years. Keeping track of the ever evolving digital jargon can be an uphill battle, especially when these new phrases, terms and even acronyms are emerging quickly and constantly. So how are we expected to remember all these new social media word buzz?

However, fret not! In my post today I will be looking at ten words that have been coined and added to the dictionary since the emergence of social media. This way, you can keep up with your family members and peers who are social media savvy or even wow them with a new word or two they may not have heard of before! Nonetheless, do take note that such vocabulary are meant for use in a casual context, and not for the purpose of your more formal writing.

Are you ready? Let’s go through Social Media Word Buzz: 10 Trending Terms Every User Should Know!


1. Lifecasting

Meaning: (noun) the practice of very regularly showing your activities on the Internet or sending people short messages about what you are doing

Sentence Example: Although my sister Leia has been away overseas, her lifecasting has put my mother’s heart at ease, knowing that she is safe and sound over there.


2. Twitterati

Meaning: (noun) people who use the social networking service Twitter a lot

Sentence Example: My sister is the epitome of a twitterati who is obsessed with Twitter and whose life revolves around it.


3. Ephemeral

Meaning: (adjective) existing or popular for only a short time

Sentence Example: It was fortunate that the story Sue posted on Facebook was ephemeral so her classmates could not trace it online and mock her about it.


4. Impression

Meaning: (noun) an occasion when a particular advertisement is seen by someone on the Internet

Sentence Example: Our company’s online advertisement has received more than five thousand impressions, which is truly an achievement compared to the previous year where there were only one thousand.


5. SEO (search engine optimisation)

Meaning: (abbreviation) search engine optimisation, which refers to the process of making a website appear high up in the results from a search engine

Sentence Example: By using SEO, I have seen an increase in the number of people who visit my website to read my blog posts.


6. Geotagging

Meaning: (noun) the ability to add information about where someone or something is to digital photographs, videos, messages etc.

Sentence Example: “Hey, I know where Thomas is now! Look at the geotagging on his photographs,” Ivan exclaimed.


7. Retweet

Meaning: (verb) to repost something such as a message that you have received to the social networking service Twitter

Sentence Example: The celebrity’s tweet was retweeted by many of his fans in the world.


8. Blogosphere

Meaning: (noun) personal websites and weblogs, considered as a group

Sentence Example: The blogosphere is buzzing with news that Nintendo might be launching a new video game in 2022.


9. Meme

Meaning: (noun) a video, a joke, an idea, an image, etc. that spreads quickly on the Internet

Sentence Example: The “This is fine” meme, which depicts a human-like dog enjoying a cup of coffee while his house is burning down, has made it to the top 50 famous memes list.


10. Hashtag

Meaning: (noun) a word or phrase with the symbol # in front of it; a way of categorising your posts on social media on the same subject or trending topic

Sentence Example: Users who are seeking content about the Beijing Olympics can look for posts with the following hashtags: #beijing2022 or #winterolympics.

How many of these terms do you know? I hope you have learnt some new vocabulary today, although this is definitely not an exhaustive list. With the widespread use of social media, I am sure we can look forward to more new terms created in future! Your favourite social media terminology is not on the list? Well, share it with us in the comments section below. See you soon, Adios!


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