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缺乏创意的中文名称《微博》 vs Social Media Facebook/Twitter

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现在在中文的网络世界,有一个非常流行的名词叫微博,即MicroBlog,即微博客(MicroBlog)的简称,是一个基于用户关系的信息分享、传播以及获取平台,用户可以通过WEB、WAP以及各种客户端组件个人社区,以140字左右的文字更新信息,并实现即时分享。最早也是最著名的微博是美国的twitter,目前Twitter在全球已经拥有2亿注册用户。

相对于强调版面布置的博客来说,微博的内容组成只是由简单的只言片语组成,从这个角度来说,对用户的技术要求门槛很低,而且在语言的编排组织上,没有博客那么高,只需要反映自己的心情,不需要长篇大论,更新起来也方便,和博客比起来,字数也有所限制;微博开通的多种API使得大量的用户 可以通过手机、网络等方式来即时更新自己的个人信息。

其实网络是国外发明的,中国只是跟踪而已,博客也是Blog的印译,从汉语的字面中看不出任何特别的含义,让我们追踪一下,而英文的Blog一词是有其详尽的来源的:


The term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger on 17 December 1997. The short form, "blog," was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog Peterme.com in April or May 1999. Shortly thereafter, Evan Williams at Pyra Labsused "blog" as both a noun and verb ("to blog," meaning "to edit one's weblog or to post to one's weblog") and devised the term "blogger" in connection with Pyra Labs' Blogger product, leading to the popularization of the terms.


Origins


Before blogging became popular, digital communities took many forms, including Usenet, commercial online services such as GEnie, BiX and the earlyCompuServe, e-mail listsand Bulletin Board Systems (BBS). In the 1990s, Internet forum software, created running conversations with "threads." Threads are topical connections between messages on a virtual "corkboard."


The modern blog evolved from the online diary, where people would keep a running account of their personal lives. Most such writers called themselves diarists, journalists, or journalers. Justin Hall, who began personal blogging in 1994 while a student at Swarthmore College, is generally recognized as one of the earliest bloggers, as is Jerry Pournelle. Dave Winer's Scripting News is also credited with being one of the oldest and longest running weblogs. Another early blog was Wearable Wireless Webcam, an online shared diary of a person's personal life combining text, video, and pictures transmitted live from a wearable computer and EyeTap device to a web site in 1994. This practice of semi-automated blogging with live video together with text was referred to as sousveillance, and such journals were also used as evidence in legal matters.


可见中文的博客一词只是英文的音译,中文Blog的真实含义是“网络上的日记”或“个人的网络空间”,中文是世界上最形像的文字,如果不是博客一词已被媒体强行灌输给广大的网名,博客一词的确无法准确的反映中文的“网络上的日记”这一含义。


再看英文Facebook(脸书)给人直观的感觉就是网络社交工具,而微博一词只给人们一个微形博客的意思的感觉,远没有社交媒体的内在含义,而Twitter一词的源于是鸟儿啾啾之音,愚意为网络上的朋友的联络信号。


Twitter's origins lie in a "daylong brainstorming session" held by board members of the podcasting company Odeo. Dorsey introduced the idea of an individual using an SMS service to communicate with a small group.The original project code name for the service was twttr, an idea that Williams later ascribed to Noah Glass,inspired by Flickr and the five-character length of American SMS short codes. The developers initially considered "10958" as a short code, but later changed it to "40404" for "ease of use and memorability." Work on the project started on March 21, 2006, when Dorsey published the first Twitter message at 9:50 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST): "just setting up my twttr".


"...we came across the word 'twitter', and it was just perfect. The definition was 'a short burst of inconsequential information,' and 'chirps from birds'. And that's exactly what the product was." – Jack Dorsey


创新永远是人类社会发展前进的动力和核心,当今大中华文化圈在世界上飞速发展,但是我们中华文化的创新气氛还很薄弱,简单的对比一下我们在网络世界中关键名词的使用时发现中文的网络名字缺少创新的特色,还停留在模仿和沿用那来主义,真叫人汗颜和深思!



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