Sometimes when I attend technology events I find that many of the attendees and speakers drop names like nobody’s business.
“Have you read so-and-so?”
“So-and-so’s blog post was amazing.”
” I can’t even believe so-and-so would advocate for that program.”
Sheepishly, I often fake that I know who they are talking about and make a mental note to Google it later when no one is looking. I would feel like a bit of a dork admitting this publicly, but I’ve seen others like me doing quick searches on their iPhones as they walk away. Over the weekend I noticed on Danah Boyd’s blog (OMG…I do it too!) that a few Fellows from the Berkman Center have put together The Internet Lexicon that treats all of these techies as if they were parts of speech. I will still have to Google names, but the listings give me a little more insight on who is who and are kind of entertaining. Maybe, you need this resource too?