Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Define: The Hashtag

You may recognize the hashtag (#) as the pound sign from your telephone or as the number sign or the game board from tic-tac-toe. But in the world of social media, the hashtag is the symbol used to identify the subject of one's message.

Hashtags originated on Twitter as a way to search for specific topics. If you were tweeting about your favorite band, you would hashtag the band name at the end as a way to categorize your message. The tweet would then come up if someone searched for #thatband.

Facebook has recently adopted the hashtag and all public messages that include # are now searchable.

Where is the hashtag on my keyboard? Just hold down shift and click the number 3 to produce the hashtag.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Define: TWERK

My mom texted me tonight and asked what exactly twerking is. After Miley Cyrus' performance on the MTV Video Music Awards last night, it's all anyone is talking about. "Did you see Miley twerk on the VMAs last night?" - I heard it all day and read about it online. Did you?

The polite answer I sent to my mom was...

Twerk: An inappropriate sexual dance move consisting of quick booty-shaking and thrusting the pelvis into the air.

The Making of a Meme

A meme (rhymes with beam) is anything from an idea to a quote or media that spreads (these days, across the Internet) like a virus.

A funny YouTube video becomes a meme as it bounces from email box to the next and across social media sites. Meme isn’t an acronym, and instead comes from the word memory, which is fitting!

Know your Filetypes: .gif

.gif (pronounced GIFT without the T) stands for Graphic Interchange Format, which means these files are animated images. By compressing photo files together and playing them back quickly, the image becomes animated, much like an animated film. Think Steamboat Willie!

These files were very popular decor in the late 90s when Internet users were creating websites just for fun, but when graphics began to improve on the web in the early 2000s, .gif files disappeared.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Best of the Web: URBANDICTIONARY is the ultimate source for finding definitions to words you won't find in Merriam Webster's. Well, you'd be surprised at the words MW is adding to the dictionary these days.

What makes UrbanDictionary so unique is it's actually written by its users. You could submit a word right now. I submitted a word once, soshob. ...It never quite took off, but did receive 7 thumbs up.

Recycled Word: Kicks

Used to mean: Doing something for fun!

"Get your kicks on Route 66."

Now means: shoes.

"Sweet kicks! Where are they from?"

Define: GOOGLE

Google: When you need to search the Internet for something, you 'Google' it!

With an estimated 900 million unique monthly viewers, you are already familiar with Google. Many Internet users open their browser and have Google as the default search engine - learn how here

Others navigate to the site to search for something that's on their mind. We use Google so often, it has actually become a verb. 

Best of the Web: BUZZFEED

BuzzFeed is a website that posts funny, timely and nostalgic original content every day. Their writers are mostly in their mid-20s to 30s so their nostalgic content is typically aimed at those born in the 80s and 90s. The format they most often use are lists that are easy to scroll through and are usually accompanied by photos or animated gifs.

Their content is categorized for easy navigating, and their most recent stories are featured on the front page. Many of their stories go viral as they are easy to share via Facebook, Twitter and email.

Must-See YouTube Video #5

Dramatic Chipmunk is one of those YouTube sensations that is a great example of what a little editing can do. This funny 5-second clip of a chipmunk was taken from a Japanese television show called Mini Moni Chiccha. Cartoon music was added to make it a little more dramatic, and voila! A video with more than 39 million views since it was uploaded in 2007, Dramatic Chipmunk.


French macarons have exploded onto the scene and are being sold world-wide. Lightweight, fewer calories than most desserts and in a variety of delicious flavors, it's no wonder these guys are becoming so popular! Macarons are small sandwiches, the outside is made of flour, sugar, powdered sugar, almond powder, food coloring and eggs. The inside is a ganache, jam or buttercream mixed with a flavor.

If the trend hasn't hit your city and you can't find macarons locally, you can make your own at home with Martha Stewart's recipe!

Emoticons: Showing emotion through symbols

Showing emotions through text is something we’ve been doing since the creation of instant messaging. The keyboard offers many symbols that when put together, create an emotion. Don’t see it? Try cocking your head to the left. Now do you see it? 

Emoticons usually come out sideways! Come on, we are working with what we’ve got.

Know Your Acronyms: BFFL

BFFL: Best Friend For Life

This is usually in text or said aloud as "BIF-UHL."
BFFL rhymes with wiffle, like the ball.

DEFINE: Group Texts... Gexts?

I made a small mistake this evening and texted a photo to six people at once from my iPhone. It went to my mom, dad, brother, uncle, grandmother and best friend (yes Sharon, you are my BFFL!)

I wanted to share the photo and a quick message with each of them, but didn't want to sit there individually texting each of them. Since I sent out a group message, the photo went to all of them as a bundle and that meant each of their responses were sent to all of us. Each of our phones were buzzing every few seconds as another response came in - 7 people typing at once means messages pour in.

A friend of mine refers to these messages as "gexts," a combination of the words "group" and "texts." I'll allow it due to its short length, logic and catchiness.

Quiz: How Hip Are You?

Find out just how hip you are on a scale of 1-10 based on the phone you have. Click on the button next to your phone to find out your score. Just so you know, my grandmother scored an 8 with her iPhone 4S... Good luck!

Question: What type of phone do you have?

Must-See YouTube Video #4

Sneezing Panda was uploaded to YouTube in 2006 and has more than 162 million views. A combination of hilarity, cuteness and shock, a mother panda enjoying her lunch is startled when her baby panda sneezes. It's only 17 seconds long so don't blink!


First World Problems: Unnecessary complaints that would only affect a privileged person. Usually in meme form or hashtagged on twitter (#FirstWorldProblems) to emphasize it is in fact an unnecessary complaint.

Alternative: #WhiteGirlProblems

Not to be confused with: #HumbleBrag

Friday, August 23, 2013

Must-See YouTube Video #3

Emerson - Mommy's Nose is Scary! is an adorable video originally posted in 2011 and viewed more than 49 million times. Emerson isn't quite sure how to react when his mother blows her nose. At first it's  kind of scary, but then it's kind of hilarious - then scary again. Check it out:

Phrases to Know: Cool Story, Bro

"Cool story, bro."
A sarcastic response to an uninteresting story or a story intended to be funny, but doesn't quite land. 

Sam: "My girlfriend and I had pizza for dinner last night."
Josh: "Cool story, bro."

For added sarcasm, some will end with, "Tell it again!"

Must-See YouTube Video #2

Evolution of Dance was uploaded to YouTube in 2006 and has been viewed more than 216 million times. The video features award-winning speaker and inspirational comedian, Judson Laipply showcasing how music has changed over the decades and subsequently, dance moves! Beginning with Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" and concluding with Jay Z's "Dirt Off Your Shoulders," Judson hits upon the greatest dance crazes! Watch here: 

Since hitting the web with this fun and often talked about video, Judson has created his own website and book, and is available for hire:

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Bored: Learn to solve a Rubik's Cube

Let's face it, a lot of us surf the Internet for many hours a day, getting lost in Facebook photos, the news and funny tweets. Why not do something productive with your time? If you're bored...

Learn how to solve a Rubik's Cube!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tip: Find what you're searching for on Google

Google offers ways to narrow down your search when utilizing the search engine. If you search "yellow flower rug," it will automatically pull up websites that match the search. Maybe you'd like to see photos of yellow flower rugs, in which case, you would want to click on Images. Or maybe you Googled this because you're shopping for a new rug. Why not click on shopping and let Google help you find results?

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Emoji: Communication through graphics

You know all about showing expression through symbols with emoticons. Emoji are tiny graphics intended to show emotion as well as to jazz up your texting. No longer do you need to spend time assembling colons and parenthesis together to show you're happy :)

Now you can just select the happy face that most reflects how you are feeling. Not feeling happy? There's emoji for that too. A variety of emoji are available on all kinds of mobile devices. Each brand of devices has its on set of emoji to send to other users.

How a typical high school student spends the day

But what are the kids spending all of their time on the Internet DOING?? You've come to the right place to find out!

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How a typical college student spends the day

It's hard to keep track of all the things we do in a day. That is... unless you're a college student. Now this is the life. Check out this chart depicting how the typical college student spends his/her day.

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

How a typical working young adult spends the day

These days, we are all busy! But what exactly are we spending our time doing? Below is a chart depicting how the typical working young adult (20s/early 30s) spends his/her day.

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Friday, August 09, 2013

Yeah/Yea VS Yay

In all text and instant message conversations, the question always arises: 

Is it yeah, yea or yay?

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Tip: Free on iTunes

Everyone loves free stuff, right? Every week, iTunes offers a free single for downloading. Just open up iTunes on your computer and you'll find 'Free on iTunes' under Quick Links.

The free download of the week will be at the top of the page. Click 'Free' underneath and you will be asked for your password. Your download will begin. 

Sunday, August 04, 2013


AUTOTUNE: Utilizing technology for pitch-correction on a singing voice. Often used in the music industry today to hide or correct mistakes or for a cool effect. Also used to parody hilarious YouTube videos.

iPhone users can download I AM T-PAIN, an app that allows you to autotune your own voice!

Must-See YouTube Video #1

I am happy to present an integral part of this blog, the Must-See YouTube Videos. Though most are funny and entertaining, these are not personal recommendations for the best videos on YouTube. They are the MUST SEE videos on YouTube. These are the videos so many people have watched (over and over) and are constantly brought up in conversation. These are pop culture references at their finest.

Charlie Bit My Finger was uploaded to YouTube in 2007 and features an adorable baby Charlie and his big brother Harry. Harry learns sticking his finger into baby Charlie's mouth isn't such a good idea. With over 535,000,000 views (yes that's millions), please enjoy Charlie Bit My Finger:

Don't miss the autotuned version!

Friday, August 02, 2013


Photobomb: When someone or something gets into a photograph right as it is being taken, unbeknownst to the subject(s) of the photo.

"Jessica and Terry were taking a photo together by the lake when a squirrel came along and photobombed them!"

Define: MANNY

Manny: A male who takes care of children; The male version of a nanny. 

Example: "We won't be able to attend the dinner because our manny isn't available to stay with the kids."

In July 2012, ABCFamily introduced "Beverly Hills Nannies," a reality show about nannies, and mannies working for families in Beverly Hills.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Define: FOMO

FOMO: The "Fear Of Missing Out"

In reference to how one feels at the thought of not joining in on an activity with friends or family. Often felt while perusing friends' activities on social media sites such as Facebook.

Example: "I have major FOMO tonight since all of my friends are at the game and I couldn't get a ticket."

Get With It

We live in a world where everything changes rapidly. A new iPhone becomes outdated a year after its release date. Blackberry phones dominated the cellular market five years ago, today it's iPhones or Android-powered phones. No longer do we pick up our landline phones to place calls, we simply send text messages to cell phones or video chat via Facetime. 

And it's not just technology that's changing either. The things teens do for fun. Lifestyles of the post-college 20-somethings. The English language, while we're at it. 

It can be hard to keep up. That's where this blog comes in. Welcome to Get With It. This is the place where you will find what the kids are doing and saying these days. What are the most watched YouTube videos? Who are the need-to-know musicians, actors, television shows and movies? What does FOMO stand for? 

While this blog will help parents and grandparents better understand the youth today, it's also intended for teens and young adults to keep up with it all. 

Types of posts you can expect:

-Definitions of today's lingo
-Top MUST-SEE YouTube videos
-Internet tips
-THE BUZZ: latest need-to-know bands, actors, TV/movies
-Links to must-visit websites

And of course, feel free to comment with more of what you'd like to see!

Are you ready to Get With It?