Do You Know These Terms about Social Media and Online Life?

By Emma Crameri Emma Crameri has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
on 28 February 2023

Here’s our cheat sheet for some of the lingo and terms that the trailblazers are using online and while using social media

  • Burner or burner phone – an old mobile phone used for testing applications and websites, or using apps like Telegram and Rumble
  • Deplatform – people or groups who actively campaign against someone’s message or beliefs and attempt to have their social media account shut down or demonetized
  • Doxing – the act of publicly revealing private personal information about an individual or organization, usually via the Internet.
  • Flagging – you can report someone’s social media post for violating the platform’s rules or community guidelines (often found under the 3 dots)
  • JOMO – Joy of Missing Out – the opposite of FOMO i.e. the fear of missing out. It’s okay to be an introvert and stay at home in comfort. Saying no is empowering and liberating. 
  • Ghosting – When a person cuts off communication with the person they were dating or their friends without any notice or warning. Avoiding returning text messages or phone calls. 
  • God Mode – system administration-level access to someone’s social media account, that allows the person to edit, remove and censor images and information (for example, law enforcement organizations)
  • NSFW – not safe for work. A warning not to open the email or message while you’re at a work computer. (Frequently used by partners to send each other adult jokes and dubious material).
  • Phubbing – looking at and using your mobile phone as a way to turn your attention away from a face-to-face conversation. A combination of phone and snubbing. 
  • Scrubbing – the process of modifying or removing data or images for accuracy or censorship purposes. May be used for celebrities, professional athletes, or job seekers, or law enforcement organizations.
  • Sock pocket – fake online accounts used by an author to support their own account or a community of like-minded individuals (sometimes used by public relations firms to artificially boost a hashtag or topic to become trending)

Can you think of any others to add?

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