How does your BFF create all those clever emojis that look like her? Why does it seem you can never catch up with all the new acronyms others are using? Feeling lost in cyberspace? Internet trends move faster than a mouse-click. Have no fear: we’ve got you covered with all of the latest tech-savvy sayings and trends.
ICYMI – In Case You Missed It
ICYMI is used when stating something that may or may not be common knowledge yet. For example, you might use it when tweeting about your favorite celebrities, as in, “ICYMI Taylor Swift has another new boyfriend!” or when texting your pals about your guilty pleasure show, “ICYMI her birthday dinner was a disaster – so much drama!”
GOAT – Greatest Of All Time
The men in your life may be describing LeBron James as the GOAT right now so don’t mistake this clever acronym for the farm animal. Greatest Of All Time designations can range from athletes to Meryl Streep to Oprah. In its most common form, GOAT is used to describe someone close to you when they go above expectations. You might post, for instance, “My best friend is the GOAT, she planned a surprise party for me, cooked for everyone, and even drove my parents.”
IRL – In Real Life
Shorthand for In Real Life. This acronym can be used when referring to anything outside of the technological world. With its basic nature, you can describe yourself as “taller IRL” when it comes to pictures that make you look short or post that you wish that you could marry George Clooney IRL.
Bae – Before Anyone Else / Babe
Bae is a modern Internet term of endearment that either shortens the word babe, or means you romantically view this person Before Anyone Else. Bae has taken social media by storm via captions, tweets, and even memes; unlike many of the acronyms, bae is used in speaking as well.
A meme is a photo or video with social, cultural, or humorous intent. The wide range of memes aims to influence, provide entertainment, or compel deeper thought. Memes are a sliver of media that spread rapidly throughout the internet by, for example, Yes Baby, thisstrutting Leonardo DiCaprio, and fan favorite Peanut Butter Baby. Get creative and make your own meme with this app.
Just when you think you have the hang of your phone’s emoji keyboard, these personal emojis blindside you. Bitmojis are rocking the emoji world with new custom avatars. Bitmoji allows you to customize an emoji based on your hair, eyebrows, eyes, nose, facial hair, face shape, and clothes. Your avatar can be placed in a variety of comedic scenes, from happy holiday scenes to simple responses like “I love you” or “On my way!” The Bitmoji keyboard has the content to keep you (and your avatar) entertained in any situation.
ICYMI, with this guide you can be the GOAT online and IRL. Now, you can make a bitmoji avatar to attach to messages back and forth with your friend, send your bae your new favorite memes, and nimbly navigate the ever-changing Internet… until the next trend hits.
Heidi Raker, mother of three tech-obsessed teens, has written about lifestyle products and parenting for over 30 years. She has a no-cellphone-at-meals policy, which remains one of her biggest family challenges.
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