Hanging out on Twitter can be pretty fun, but there are a lot of abbreviations to get your head around.
It happens to the best of us. We run into a string of all-caps that must mean something, but isn't explained in context. If you're lucky, a quick search can come up with possibilities, but Chrome and Firefox users have access to Abbrex, a nifty extension that provides pop-up definitions quickly and easily.
In our culture of constant texting and instant messaging, we've all gotten used to certain acronyms and abbreviations. Just about everyone knows LOL and OMG. In this Tech Minute, CNET's Kara Tsuboi reveals a couple of tricks to creating your own shortcuts to make texting and e-mailing on your smartphone even easier.
I've come across a lot of abbreviations and acronyms in this industry, but the NVMHCIWG takes the cake.
Now you can "humblebrag" for knowing that "binge-watch," "side boob," "douchebaggery," "fandom," and other well-known slang terms are officially in Oxford Dictionaries.
A woman was admitted to a psychiatric hospital after saying she believed that a famous actor was sending her coded messages via Twitter, according to a published research paper.
MediaFire raises the stakes by offering boatloads of Dropbox-style storage for cheap.
On today's show, find out ways that kids now are using abbreviations in text messages to hide things from their parents. Apparently, "RU/18" is something that kids these days are getting on their cell phones. Also, Pfizer is giving away free three-month supplies of Viagra and Lipitor because of the recession, but only if you were on the drugs before you got laid off. We hope Justin isn't itching to get fired for this deal.
As Twitter spreads globally, it makes sense to be able to break down language barriers. But machine translation is hard -- especially in the abbreviated lingo of a tweet.
Seeing the World Cup as a chance to lower language barriers, the social site enables translation in its iPhone and iPad app, and Twitter.com timeline. It's a win for Bing.