Do they serve Hashtags @Waffle House?
Now for those of you who don’t know the difference between a hashtag and a hashbrown (and I know there must be one other person), consider it a symptom of things running out of control. Like trying to understand your teenage daughter, or figuring out why your son needs whatever it is he thinks he needs.
A great portion of my time is spent in healthcare recruitment and I always thought the great challenges would come from technology, but I was wrong. My problem isn’t technology, but terminology.
I used to marvel at the words and phrases people used to imply an intelligence that had long left the building. Phrases like “It’s about synergies”, “It’s a paradigm shift” and “It’s the old 80-20 rule” were clear indications that the train had left the tracks. The true loon qualifier would be the use of self identifying phrases like “People see me as a visionary”, “I’m an agent of change”, and “I’d never throw anyone under the bus.”
When internet recruiting and social media became prominent people created company names and sites you could understand – often by just putting two words together – MySpace, Facebook, CareerBuilder, etc. Even better, the name gave you an idea of just what they were and/or did. Sites like LinkedIn carried on the tradition and SimplyHired was easy to understand. Indeed was confusing but not as confusing as the debut of the granddaddy of silly names, Monster a name that I believe was used because Creature and MassConfusion were already taken.
So what do I do about Twitter, and tweeting, hashtags and memes? If you can call it traditional, there was the spectacular combination of words I sort of understand with ones I do, like healthecareers and TweetMyJobs. But I wonder, can I eat an Advogato or a Crunchyroll.
I’ve finally figured out Pinterest, but for a while I thought Instagram was a cereal. And if a site calls itself delicious, is it? I think a visit to Elftown or Elixio might be fun. I can understand Exploroo but I don’t think Fetlife is for me. And I wonder if Lafango is a dance in Argentina.
Got something that makes you crazy? Let me know.