Language of the Internet

Language of the Internet
Language of the Internet

If you’re in the market for a new language, take a look at what your computer is speaking before you invest in Rosetta Stone. The language of the internet is about as diverse as any other human tongue.

The internet developed from a wide range of sources: email, bulletin boards, IRC chatrooms, blogs and forums all “talking” to one another. As technology and connectivity have improved, so has our way of communicating online: more people are using social media sites and maintaining blogs; texting has eclipsed phone calls as the easiest way to stay connected with friends; video streaming services like Netflix have become mainstream; even dating platforms like Grindr are now accessible to the general public.


What’s certain is that the internet is a growing market that most people are familiar with, but speaking it can prove to be quite difficult. So what exactly is the language of the internet?


The first thing to understand about this language is that it’s evolving. The internet has a new lexicon every day and no one is really sure where it’s headed next– which means there’s always a way for you to be ahead of the game and make sure you don’t miss out on useful slang.



The most high profile application of internet language is Google, so it’s the easiest to touch on first. If you type in a word and hit “Google,” chances are that your search will end with a suggestion for what you meant. For example, if you ask Google for “movies” and then hit “search,” you’re likely to come up with videos from sites like Netflix or Hulu; but if you try that same search with the intent to find an actual movie theater, Google will yield many results from websites such as IMDB (the Internet Movie Database).


Google is the first step to learning internet language because it gives you the tools to figure out what people might be talking about. If you see a phrase in an email or on a message board and aren’t sure of its meaning, search it on Google and see what kind of results come up. Chances are that will tell you everything you need to know!


Social Media

Social media has changed the way we communicate online, but it also has created one of many new types of internet language. Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and even Tumblr all have their own unique lexicons: new slang is created everyday as people try to find ways to make these websites more interesting for their followers.


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