It’s a verb… It’s a noun… It’s Facebook!

Posted by jerry on December 21st, 2007 — Posted in Journal, New media, Technology, Writing

With 200,000 sign-ups daily, Facebook has become the social software phenomenon of 2007, according to New Scotsman newspaper. Facebook has been added to the 2008 edition of the Collins English Dictionary as both a trademarked noun (the site) and as a verb – ‘to facebook’ – meaning to search the Facebook profile of someone.

This underlines the way in which social software is fast becoming mainstream, as opposed to a youth culture fad. Businesses are rapidly developing Facebook profiles and developers are producing new applications for Facebook each day. And that is part of its success – its open architecture enables it to grow organically as people see new ways to use the medium to make new socail connections and build larger or more specialised relationship networks as appropriate.

Alongside Facebook, related words have also been added – like an extension to the current definition of ‘poke’ to take account of its specific usage on Facebook. According to Collins Dictionary, Facebook was recommended ten times more than any other word in the dictionary’s webiste for a new listing.

It just goes to show that the dynamic nature of English is undiminished – in fact, quite the reverse!


1 Comment

Comment by Chris

do you have a facebook jerry???
i love your blogs and would love to have you as a friend.
Later Jerry!
keep up with the awesome blogs!

Posted on April 18, 2008 at 6:37 am

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