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Social Media

How modern language is connected globally through Social Media Sites
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Nathalie Quintana

on 14 March 2013

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli The Modern Global Language Social Media Social Sites Twitter
Youtube
Urbandictionary Language forms Abbreviations and Acronyms
Pop Cultures:
Terms
Phrases
Memes Twitter Community Globally Connected Language:
Tweets, Pictures, Videos Tweets #Hashtags 175 million tweets were sent from Twitter every day throughout 2012
Since the dawn of Twitter, there has been a total of 163 billion tweets.
Top 3 countries on Twitter are the USA at 107 million, Brazil 33 million and Japan at nearly 30 million.
32% of all Internet users are using Twitter
The most followed brand on Twitter is YouTube with 19 million followers
The USA’s 141.8 million accounts represents 27.4% of all Twitter users 140 character limit: Thoughts and moods are constrained.
Encourages the use of abbreviations to decrease character usage.
Ex. BRB (Be Right Back) LOL (Laugh Out Loud) TTYL (Talk to you later)
Trends are determined by an algorithm and are tailored for a twitter user based on who you follow and your location. This algorithm identifies topics that are immediately popular.

You can personalize your 'trends' for a specific location or put the setting on "WorldWide."

There will be many world and local news events that will appear in your Trends regardless of your personalization. People use the hashtag symbol # before a relevant keyword or phrase in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets and help them show more easily in Twitter Search.
Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets marked with that keyword. Definition: The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages. Trending Trending A.K.A Popular Hashtags that have become popular also make it on the Trending list. This has made it possible for a single word or phrases to spread from country to country.

Examples:
Terms: YOLO, SWAG, RATCHET
Phrases: SORRY NOT SORRY, SUCKS TO SUCK

The meanings of the terms and phrases that make it on the Trending list become well known and the use of the words may eventually become a permanent part of your everyday tweeting and vocabulary. http://trendsmap.com/ A real-time mapping of Twitter Trends across the world Social media has undoubtedly provided the masses with new forms of language and an extended vocabulary. However, just seeing the word and it's many uses can still leave you confused on the meaning.

Ex. CRAY, SWAG, RATCHET, PLL, BC, HBU

Today, meanings to words have been altered or completely changed, and new ones have been invented. Don't be discouraged!
There are social media sites that can help you with defining pop cultures new terms and phrases.
One I use most often is called... Urbandictionary.com "A veritable cornucopia of streetwise lingo, posted and defined by its readers." Gateway to Pop Culture Words, phrases, abbreviations and more are posted everyday on the site by average social media users like you and I, whom want to aid in the sharing and spreading of modern language. "Street-wise lingo" A few examples: Single word
Provides Pop culture meaning
and dictionary meaning. Acronyms Popular phrases What does that mean? The origin of Pop Culture Several of pop culture's terms and phrases come from music or viral video.
The popular internet site YouTube.com is the main source for all recorded music and video today.
The several millions of viewers can access these videos from all over the world. Viewership

Over 800 million unique users visit YouTube each month
Over 4 billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube
72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute
70% of YouTube traffic comes from outside the US
YouTube is localized in 53 countries and across 61 languages
In 2011, YouTube had more than 1 trillion views or around 140 views for every person on Earth
Millions of subscriptions happen each day. YouTube Stats source: http://www.youtube.com/yt/press/statistics.html Translation:
I get to sleep while others have classes.
sucks to suck YOLO Ratchet Aspects of Twitter Example: The Pope YouTube's Global connections make it possible to reach out to the masses and affect pop culture through
Song and Dance
EX. Harlem Shake, Teach Me How to Dougie, Gangam Style, (#1 on YouTube's Top Trending List 2012) etc...
Many types of Video
Ex. Beauty and Tips, Informational, Comedy, Political etc...
The Genera list goes on. Everyone's Watching Music Aspect A direct link to modern lingo "The means of interactions among people in which they create, share, and exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks." Italian Japanese French Swedish Polish Covered so far:
Tweets
Video
Next?
Pictures or more specifically Memes Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_media Abbreviations Internet Memes "A concept that spreads from person to person via the internet."

They are specific to culture and the environment of the internet. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_meme Yolo Memes Connotation & Denotation Many can agree that the term is 'overused'
Subjective meaning
Crape-Diem Popular Terms mixed with Pop culture Criticizing the importance of 'swag' Replacing a Popular book title with the intended phrase/term. Social Media has proven to act as a gateway for Pop Culture's new lingo to spread from continent to continent.
The extreme popularity of modern language has made it a permanent part of our every day diction. Poking fun at the adaptation of "street-wise lingo" into to every day language. Source:
http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/twitter-stats_b32050 Source:
https://support.twitter.com/groups/31-twitter-basics/topics/109-tweets-messages/articles/49309-what-are-hashtags-symbols
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