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Not too long ago, I had an instant message conversation with my brother where I was regaling a humorous anecdote. He responded with:
> Literally laughing out loud
Which at first made me think about one of the other VOIP [features] we talked about but then made me think about how the value of our Internet language seems to go down at … Internet speed.
After all “LOL” was supposed to meet the need of expressing that you’re laughing out loud instead of or just “[hehe]”. (We could debate whether people actually ever **R**oll on the **F**loor **L**aughing **M**y **A**ss **O**ff because frankly I’ve never seen it in person.)
Now we’re seeing the usage of the word Beta become questionable. Betas traditionally are buggy and lack polish. When a video game is in beta, you expect crashes and such. With a plethora of “Web 2.0″ companies coming out with their own products each one seems to be perpetually in Beta. [Flickr] takes this to a new level with “Gamma”. In this case, the word Beta is being used to describe products that are in fact very polished and rarely crashing.
:http://www.ok-cancel.com/comic/128.html “Noise Over IP”
:http://kevnull.com/2005/03/ending-conversations.html “Ending Conversations”