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July 20, 2007 | Tate Linden
We don't have the answer yet, but we're checkin' it out.

We've identified a few patterns and we're lookin' to see which one takes the cake as the all-out-overused champion of them all. We'll look to Seth Godin's list, TechCrunch, and a few other places to see what we find. Is it:
  • Peri.ods.inweirdplac.us
  • Trunkatn Wrds
  • Zwitching Lettorz
  • U51ng Numb3r5 4 n0 r34s0n
  • Using "-ster"
  • iThink uKnow dPrefix thing...
  • Calling yourself a ".com" (kinda like we do... only serious-like.)
Or something else? Come take the survey and tell us! And if you don't want to hazard a guess at which is most common, at least grace us with your opinion as to which is the most annoying.

My peeve? I'm pickin' truncation. Flickr be damned. And I'll go out on a limb and pick truncation as the most common fault as well.

C'mon folks - show that you care! We might not be able to stop the madness, but at least we can show we won't go quietly.

Results of our back-of-the-napkin research to come next week.
3 Comments
John Xavier July 21, 2007 3:25 AM

Here are some more:
*Overused prefixes, not limited to just 1 letter (my-, you-)

*Using nonsense syllables (Thoof)

*Mashing 2 words together that don't sound right (Fairtilizer)

*Using arbitrary numbers (not leet though). This will just confuse your visitors (was it 34things.com, wait, maybe it was 43things)

Tate Linden July 23, 2007 10:32 AM

I like #1, #2, and #4. Those are pretty solidly Internet-era. The third has been around for so long that it is hard to call a trend. I'll add 'em to our research.

Karl Thomson July 23, 2007 4:18 PM

#4 has also been around for a long time. For example, 23 Skiddoo (not just the name of an eighties industrial band): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/23_skidoo
And our own Compass360 (whether you like it or not) was coined back in the early nineties, well before the popularization of the Web.
FWIW, I like #1 only because it's pretty hard to argue with Google.
-k-