Net.Speak: The Internet Dictionary.
Any newbie, rookie on the Internet, should avoid becoming a spewer - one who believes everything he or she types is of interest to everyone. Spewers are sometimes guilty of spamming - spraying unsolicited messages to every newsgroup or e-mail address. A newsgroup is a collection of messages about a particular subject. You can access them on the Internet or through Usenet - a system linking thousands of bulletin boards. To find these newsgroups you may want to use a gopher - a menu - based search program to help you find what you want.
Now that you know some terminology you'll want to brush up on your Netiquette - an informal set of rules on proper behavior on the Internet. If you post unsolicited advertising on a newsgroup, other users may respond by flaming you - sending a rash of angry messages. One who routinely sends out electronic insults is called flamer. Don't let flamers frighten you into becoming a lurker - one who reads messages but never posts anything. On the other hand, don't be a blatherer - someone who takes three screens to say something when three words would do.
After you've found your way around the Internet, you'll want to get a grasp on acronyms. You should know that HTML stands for hypertext markup language, and it's the most widely used coding scheme to create web pages. If someone tells you a funny joke, you should respond by typing LOL - laughing out loud. If the joke was hysterical, type ROTFL - rolling on the floor laughing.
Seek the answers to FAQs - frequently asked questions. But take care not to offend the TPTB - the powers that be. The better versed you become in Netspeak, the more your cyber pals will think you're a Net god - a long time and revered Internet user. So get with it, ASAP.
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|Author:||Corbett, Merlisa Lawrence|
|Article Type:||Book Review|
|Date:||Jul 1, 1996|
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