The 10 most overused internet words of 2006

In response to Google’s top 10 searches for 2006 here are 10 words & phrases that I’ve read far too many times this year and would prefer to hear less in 2007.

  1. web 2.0 – the reasons behind this one are obvious, you must be sick of it too?
  2. longtailgreat idea, great book etc but we don’t all have to quote it so much. Time for some new ideas
  3. meme – this one probably bugs me the most, and not just me
  4. kool aid – reading the origins of this one on wikipedia make it a lot less entertaining
  5. google – we really need some decent competition in this industry
  6. link bait – doesn’t this just mean decent content with a compelling headline?
  7. dmoz – time to stop using this one all together, it’s time has gone and it’s no longer worthy of the attention
  8. adsense – I agree, it’s not a business model
  9. alexa – why do we bother to measure with something that is so hopelessly inaccurate?
  10. I ran out of ideas here – help me out with which words & phrases you don’t want to hear next year

p.s. Purely for my own entertainment I wanted to see if one site was talking about all these things and I was surprised to find it’s the excellent SEOmoz which is the only result returned. kool+aid%22+meme+%22longtail%22+%22web+2.0%22+alexa&btnG=Google+Search

Well it won’t stop me reading but it will still bug me when I see these terms :)

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Dec 20th, 2006 at 11:58 am | #

Digg – I’d stick that in there too. It’s for the geek by the geek, no practical mainstream use in its current format.

Dec 20th, 2006 at 2:07 pm | #

“My bad” – Your bad what?

Dec 20th, 2006 at 2:36 pm | #

Why “kool aid” – I don’t get it. What’s driving you nuts about it? Is it being used in a way that isn’t the flavored drink?

Dec 20th, 2006 at 6:01 pm | #

Eric, it’s when people say

‘drinking the kool aid’


‘drinking your own kool aid’

I see that all the time at the moment. Read the second haf of the wikipedia article.

Dec 20th, 2006 at 7:20 pm | #

I see… I haven’t heard that much over here, but I have heard of that group mentioned in the wiki. However, that event happened before I was born :p

Dec 21st, 2006 at 8:05 am | #

Eric – Sorry I was out and about yesterday and didn’t post a great reply. I meant it more in the sense of definition 3 here

“3. drink the kool-aid

Going along with what a crowd desires. Often used when a person changes positions on a topic”

It seems to be getting used lots by bloggers at the moment

Dec 21st, 2006 at 8:06 am | #

Chris – I nearly did include Digg in there but I do think it has some merit.

Dan – I couldn’t agree more with that one!

Any more?

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Dec 22nd, 2006 at 1:28 pm | #

Arbitrage !

Jan 5th, 2007 at 6:10 pm | #

I’m getting tired of a few things:
Whitehat vs blackhat
thin affiliates
supplemental hell

Jan 10th, 2007 at 11:57 am | #

Yeah I’m sick of hearing whitehat v blackhat too!

Haven’t heard too much about cuttlets but I’m sure it’s just a matter of time.

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