Fifteen years ago you could not say that your online environment had much affect on your life. At the time Google was just getting started and most people didn’t even have an online profile. EMail was the form of communication and message boards were very clunky. With online profiles available for hundreds of websites it is almost impossible to say that your online environment does not affect the way you act and think today. This is especially true when it comes to your voice and vocabulary.
How the Internet Has Changed Our Vocabulary
In the last five years many “Internet” terms and phrases have become common. Think about some of these words and phrases that are used in everyday life:
- Wiki It
- Search it on Craigslist
- Facebook Me
- Plus Me In
- Pin It
- YouTube It
This is a very short list that took me about two minutes to create. There are hundreds of new words and phrases that are used that were never part of a vocabulary two decades ago. Last night I had the opportunity to sit down with Pepper OldzieyÂ and one of my statements went something like this:
Google is crawling, indexing and ranking all Google+ posts. This is not being done with Twitter Tweets and Facebook Pages. All those people on Facebook are getting likes on their Instagram pictures and Facebook posts yet it is not helping them rank in organic search. By organic search I mean logged out of Google+ and Gmail search. This is a huge opportunity when it comes to Internet Marketing and reaching a broad audience of online individuals that are seeking a service or better Internet experience.
If I had a time machine and I could go back to 1990 and use this exact verbiage what do you think the reaction would be? Well, in all reality, I used this verbiage today and I still get a “what” reaction. All of this is fine and dandy but not everyone has developed this type of voice or vocabulary. I can assure you there are many Beliebers that claim to be social media mavens on Twitter that have no idea what it means to get crawled, indexed and ranked by Google. On the flip side of that, I have no idea what a Belieber is.
Your Online Environment Greatly Affects Your Voice and Vocabulary
Prior to Google+ my online vocabulary was very limited. I did not know what incognito search was. I was not sure what term was used when you saw an author picture in Google Search. I sure as heck had no idea what Agent or Author Rank was. These are all terms that have been used by those that I am exposed to. I hand selected the brightest of the bright on Google+ to follow. In fact, I completely cleaned out my circles in November of 2012 just so I could get more quality information in my stream from the best Google users.
My vocabulary and voice has changed completely. Most of my readers see it with each and every blog post. I need to go back and read some of my stuff pre Google+ and see just how terrible my writing style was due to the fact that I had a poor vocabulary. I am a firm believer (not Belieber) that reading enhances one’s vocabulary. I do plenty of that but I also know that birds of a feather flock together. If you are mingling with the brightest minds on Google+ I can assure you that you will see things in a different light.
While eating lunch or dinner with many new Google+ users I see that “aha” moment as it happens. I explain how I followed names like Mark Traphagen, Eli Fennell, Ronnie Bincer and Vic Gundotra from the very beginning. Just seeing their posts and reading some of their thoughts has made me a much more creative thinker. In fact, my following influences me so much that it helps me create about 75% of the content for Wojdylo Finance.
When thinking about your online environment please recognize that it affects many aspects of your life. If you are on Twitter and you follow individuals who use the phrase, “C U 4 Lunch at Da Hill” you are going to start doing the same thing. It is human nature. Anyone that is a personal friend of mine knows it is a pet peeve when people cannot spell an entire word. I guess this is the reason I love Google+ as it allows me to use my true voice and vocabulary. Build an online environment that is conducive to learning how to be the best you.