Whether you’re in financing, consumer electronics, software or any other tech-dependent industry, you’ve probably encountered a fair share of quirky and even questionable tech and web terminology. While you may know what it does in your calculation or for your mobile gadget or for users of your program, have you ever considered what it is exactly? Some jargon, however, is so unfamiliar that even techies proceed with caution. Just for fun, a dictionary even Webster wouldn’t be able to comprehend . . .
advermation n. The cross between advertising and information in a form of online advertising portrayed not so much as a marketing message as it is information to the viewer.
angry garden salad n. A slang term for a poorly designed and incorrectly coded website interface (i.e. when you click one link, it launches something completely different).
booing v. The audio equivalent of tweeting, booing first gained attention as a tool for BBC reporting on the G-20 protests. (The brief clips are posted via iPhone to the “sound-sharing” site Audioboo.fm.)
cornea gumbo n. A visually distracting and over-designed website with too many graphics, images and animation.
decision engine n. Microsoft’s attempt to rebrand the term search engine following its launch of Bing.
digital ants n. Virtual insects that are programmed to crawl through computer networks to search for worms and viruses and lay down digital pheromones when potential malware is detected. This then attracts fellow ants and allows users to monitor the threat by observing the ants’ swarming behavior.
Dimdim co. A once-free web conferencing service that was recently acquired by Salesforce.com.
English shellcode n. Malware embedded in ordinary English sentences. By making the code resemble e-mail and Wikipedia entries, Johns Hopkins researchers have revealed a new way that hackers might dodge antivirus software and hijack computers.
gigavision n. Cheap, hi-res imaging that eschews pricey sensors for ordinary memory chips that are sensitive to light when stripped of their casing.
Goojje co. China’s Google knockoff, cleverly named by replacing “-gle” (which sounds like “brother” in Mandarin) with “-jje” (which sounds like “sister”). Launched after Google threatened to exit China, Goojje has taken to publicly taunting her brother while mimicking his software.
infosnacking v. The act of jumping online at various times throughout the day for brief intervals.
mash-up n. A web-based application that combines two or more services or tools from diverse websites to create a unique, multilevel tool.
Meebo co. A live communication platform for chatting across IM networks.
meme n. A concept that is spread through the propagation of a digital file or hyperlink from one person to another using web-based platforms, including e-mail, blogs, social networks and instant messaging.
Memeo co. A network for managing and sharing photos and other files.
Pixily co. A virtual organizational assistant for small businesses.
Plugoo co. An IM widget that allows web users to chat in real time with the website owner, and vice versa.
rasterbator n. A web designer who suffers from compulsive digital manipulation, obsessively tweaking designs and abusing Photoshop.
spaser n. The first nano-scale laser, so called because light is produced using surface plasmons instead of photons, which is small enough to fit on a computer chip.
trigger card n. A magnetic card used by hackers to access malware embedded in the operating systems of corrupted ATMs. When a trigger card is inserted, the machine spits out a receipt detailing customer account numbers and PINs.
vook n. An e-book with embedded video content designed to be read on a computer, tablet or smartphone.
Weebly co. A free website and blog creator.
WuFoo co. An HTML form builder for collecting data on websites.
Yugma co. An SaaS web conferencing solution, with the name derived from the Sanksrit word yugma, which means “coming together” or “a state of unified collaboration.”
Terms and definitions were compiled from sources including TechLingo, Wired and Entrepreneur.