From the blogosphere to microblogging platforms, the World Wide Web is full of tweeple (over) using tired tech expressions -- like the four we just dropped here.
Silicon Valley has added a host of catchy new terms to our vocabulary -- "tweeting," "Googling," "friending," "Skyping" -- but it's also spawned some truly awful expressions that are trite, overly-wordy, or just plain gobbledygook. There are a few we absolutely hate; words like "weblog" -- it's just a blog -- or "influencer." If we hear any of these once more, it will be one time too many.
Check out the gallery below to see our list of tech terms we would prefer to just die already. You've got to have your own list of tech expressions you abhor, so share them with us! Click "Add a Slide," leave your thoughts in the comments, or tweet us your suggestion at @HuffPostTech.
Remember the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OBlgSz8sSM" target="_hplink">infamous viral video</a> where this photo is from? The phrase "going viral" has been so overused in the media that it has almost lost all meaning. A particular story or video "goes viral" if it spreads around the web reaching most major news organizations, blogs and social media sites like a disease. Our personal favorite use of the term is within an article itself; nothing ensures a story will go viral, like using "going viral" in a headline.
There's no way the terms "social network" or "social media" are going away. Our beef is with "social" used as an adjective or noun all on its own, as in, "We really need to work on social," or "He's really good at social." Saying "social" repeatedly is like verbal hand-waving: It feels like it's too often used in place of specific details about what needs to be done or what features really work.
Back in the early days of blogs, fancy words like blogosphere were used to describe the thousands-turned-millions of personal, opinionated accounts that popped up around the web. These days blogs dominate the web. So let's just call it what it is -- a blog. (<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/sidelong/5241997601/" target="_hplink">Image via Flickr</a>, Dave Bleasdale)
Social Media Guru
As social media has assumed greater importance for companies and individuals, mastering the art of tweeting or status updat-ing (or at least claiming to have done so) has become more and more widespread (and profitable). And there's an unfortunate title that's become au courant as a result: "social media guru." Not everyone can be a social media guru, even though they claim to be. Like many outdated tech terms, this phrase as lost meaning because of its overuse. <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/8152012/Time-to-ditch-the-blood-sucking-social-media-gurus.html" target="_hplink">The Telegraph calls social media gurus </a> a "rag-tag crew of blood-sucking hucksters who are infesting companies of all sizes, on both sides of the Atlantic, blagging their way into consultancy roles and siphoning off valuable recession-era marketing spend to feed their comic book addictions." (Photo credit: Getty)
Like "social media 'guru,'" the term "social media 'ninja'" (or any role described as "-ninja" that doesn't involve actually being a ninja) has ceased to be clever (if it ever was). "If you think clients--you know, the serious ones that everyone wants--are amused by Jedis and ninjas selling them social media, think again,"<a href="http://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/Stop_calling_yourself_a_social_media_ninjaor_a_Jed_7772.aspx" target="_hplink"> writes PRDaily. </a> "The whole social media Jedi/ninja thing is supposed to make work more fun... Now it's reached the point of ridicule, and it really hurts the sector more than anything."
This term may be a blast from the past for most, however, some are still trying to revive the 1990s phrase that referred to the web. It's dead. Let's not bring it back. (<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhzmaster/965947834/" target="_hplink">Image via Flickr</a>, Ben Lerchin)
VoIP, or "Voice Over IP," has officially overtaken the term "Internet telephone." It's shorter, cleaner and hasn't been overused -- brand names such as Skype are often used in place of the term. (Photo credit: Getty)
Since Twitter made its debut more than six years ago, blogging on a miniature scale or microblogging took off as users could post personal thoughts, ideas and announcements in 140 characters or less. Lengthy blog posts were no longer required and and tweets could be sent out in a a matter of seconds. Although tweeting and Facebook status updates have stuck around, the term microblogging has not. (Photo credit: Getty)
Sure, sites like <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/" target="_hplink">Kickstarter</a> still use this phrase, so it's not as outmoded as the rest. But the thing that really perturbs us is the term itself. Couldn't we have thought of something better than switching one syllable in <a href="http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.06/crowds.html" target="_hplink">outsourcing</a>? (Photo credit: Getty)
We just hate this word. It reminds us of a businessman trying to rally his employees to work together for the better good. Put synergy in the cliche category. (Photo credit: Alamy)
Tweeple made the rounds in the initial years of Twitter, referring to Twitter users. Now, the blending of Twitter and people is no longer useful or catch. Since more than <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/twitter-users-have-quadrupled-over-past-two-years-158401225.html" target="_hplink">140 million users</a> have signed up for the social media service, Twitter users aren't people -- they're everyone. Remember this sad <a href="http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Twerson" target="_hplink">twerson</a>? (See, it just doesn't work.) (Photo credit: AP)
World Wide Web
Like information superhighway, World Wide Web is a term from the early days of the Internet. The phrase has since been shortened to web, since world and wide (note the two separate words) are redundant. (Photo credit: Getty)
Although this term now refers to a search engine brand name, we still remember it as the combination of technical and literati, meaning technical intellectuals. Technorati had its heyday and now needs to die a slow, painful death. (Photo credit: AP)
Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)
Personal digital assistants used to be all the rage when phones still flipped open. Now, with all-encompassing smartphones like the iPhone, Android and -- should we even mention? -- Blackberry controlling the market, the PDA has become obsolete. (<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/carlosduarte/887190547/" target="_hplink">Image via Flickr</a>, Carlos Duarte)
Every once in a while, a <a href="http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/samsung-launches-iphone-killer-europe-now-facebook-wants-144846791.html" target="_hplink">new smartphone from a company like Samsung</a> comes to market, looking to crush the iPhone. After <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/11/apples-wwdc-news-announcements-products_n_1586691.html" target="_hplink">WWDC 2012</a> and the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/11/ios-6-wwdc-2012_n_1587676.html" target="_hplink">unveiling of iOS 6</a>, it seems the iPhone competitors have a tough act to follow. (Photo credit: Getty)