To some extent, it's a chicken-and-egg question: Are you unable to think about things you don't have words for, or do you lack words for them because you don't think about them? For digital natives, the online realms may become more familiar than aspects of the ‘real’ world - and that's where the Dictionary of Online Behavior comes in; a growing library for the avid social media user that you need to know to get by.

The Dictionary "offers new tools to reflect upon online reality," says TeYosh, the artist duo behind the project. "At this point, we still know the dual meaning of a friend and differentiate online friends from the ones we shook hands with," they explain.

"The ephemeral words in the DoOB describe a moment in history when the online relationships are still not a norm." But then again, you could ask yourself; how often do you read a message without opening it? Or, how do you even determine whether you're going out with that Tinder match before looking up their Instagram account?

All too painful, yet all too real, The DoOB reflects upon the reality in which we are all living in right now, "[it's] a view from the perspective of the last generation that had a chance to grow up in the offline world and got the know the online world as something new, something other."

Introducing a world's first on A visual interview - because sometimes, a picture says so much more than words.

How does the dictionary of online behavior relate to traditional dictionaries?

What's the response been like?

Have you seen people taking new approaches to deal with language ever since you launched the website?

Do you have a recent favorite piece of technology, virtual or physical, that helps achieve the language you're promoting?

What do you make of the lingual rituals we perform today? (LOL, ICYMI, WTF - and other acronyms)

Does our intuitive understanding of new language rely on analogies to old ones?

Are we witnessing the beginning of the end of written language?

Will good writing become a niche specialty? And does this standardization of simple ‘language’ have a role in representing our actual society and reality?

What’s your favorite thing to do on the Internet?

What kind of gadgets do you use?

How would you describe the way that you think about the Internet?

What's wrong with the way we think or talk about the Internet? (if applicable)

What do you want from social media?

Finish the sentence: The Internet needs new


The Dictionary of Online Behavior is a project by NNN members TeYosh. Over the next few weeks, we will weekly publish a new word that describes behavior that has emerged on social networks and has changed our way of communication. Do you want to take part in the visual interview series? Join NNN and let us know!

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