Are you the type who does more listening than talking around the water cooler because you aren’t in touch with the popular stories buzzing around the Internet?
Have you heard someone mention “Numa Numa”, “Grapefall”, “Afro Ninja”, or “Techno Viking” and have no clue what they’re talking about?
Do you get confused when people mention “Nuking the fridge” or “Crash Wednesday”?
I’m here to help.
Right now, people are talking about how Michael Cera has finally signed on for Arrested Development, Rick Santelli is ranting about the government’s economic plan, Megan Fox is a single lady, and the Octo Mom has been given a million dollar offer to do porn. BTW (by the way) Crash Wednesday is dedicated to your hangover on the day after Mardi Gras. The day is also known as Ash Wednesday for Catholics.
How do I know about those things? It’s much easier than you may think. Here are a few websites that you may visit on a regular basis and stay up-to-date.
Technorati is a tool that is used by many bloggers to keep track of what is popular on the web. It allows people to see popular news, videos, photos, blogs, movies, music, and games. It’s a great place to go to find things to talk about, write about, or share with others.
Urban Dictionary is an amazing resource for learning about new phrases or terms that are used as slang. This is a very easy to use and fun site. Each day, a new term or phrase is shown on the front page. The site can also be searched. This can be especially useful if you have kids. If Johnny comes home talking about administering “The Shocker”, you’ll know if you should administer soap in the mouth.
& Delicious and Digg are two good resources for finding and saving your favorite articles, blogs, or websites. They can also be used to see what articles, etc. are popular today and over specific points of the past. I recommend adding my post and blog to both.
Twitter can be seen as either very cool or very annoying. Basically, it’s a place where people write little entries about what they are doing right now. Some people use it to post relevant entries and some use it to post even the smallest of events, like eating breakfast. Twitter is good for people who want to know about other people’s day-to-day or minute-to-minute activities.
Armed with the tools above, you should be able to keep up with all of the Jones’ when it comes to topic conversation and slang. You should also have ideas to write about, places to learn about new subjects, and ways to keep updated on specific pieces of interest.