It strikes me that there are a number of new social behaviours that are arising when our online/web 2.0/social network selves intersect with our real, physical, everyday lives. So, while awake with jet lag I started compiling some new terms. I have put these up in a Wetpaint wiki, so you can add to them yourselves:
- Twintle – a knowing look someone gives you when you meet them face to face, who is also a Facebook friend or Twitter follower, where they debate whether they should mention your status updates, or whether that would be impolite. e.g. "I met Kathy the other day, and I’d been saying about how much I hated work at the moment on Facebook, and she gave me a twintle, but didn’t say anything."
- Unpoke – the disappointment of meeting someone in real life and finding they are not as interesting or amusing as their online personas. E.g. "I met Psychopony the other day at a conference, he was really dull, definite unpoke."
- BackBacn – when a post generates a lot of real life traffic, for example every second person at work comes up to you and comments on it. E.g. "I did a rant about the RAE the other day, talk about BackBacn!"
- Twetch – when someone reveals rather too much about themselves online. E.g. "Dave’s a real twetch, he was twittering about his operation in graphic detail, I almost fetched my breakfast."
- Friendgap – the awkwardness when you meet someone whose invitation to be a friend you declined.
So have a go yourself – okay, it was an excuse to try out Wetpaint, did I mention I’d set up a wiki?