I was recently IMing with a friend and I explained, “I work for a company specializiing in SoMe.” His reply back was, “SoMe?” I smiled a little smugly, but not too smugly, because even though I’m the one touting about the shorthand now, when I first saw it, I was pretty clueless too (even though once I tell you, you will groan).
“Yeah, Social Media.”
It’s THAT easy. SoMe is a short-hand version of “social media” that I’ve seen pop up in a variety of places lately, mainly Twitter. On the micro-blogging site where every character counts, users are constantly interested in adopting shorter ways of saying the same things.
It’s also pretty convenient in chats, texts, and other quick text-based conversation modalities.
SoMe = Social Media.
When I was IMing with the friend, I made a joke that “SoMe” was my fetch, and I was trying to make it happen. With a joke from the cult classic Mean Girls that broke the ice, he no longer viewed me as a social snob, and just accepted that I’m another online-savvy nerd looking for a cute shortcut to take when typing.
So what do you think? Will you be tweeting with SoMe as a way to save characters from now on?
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