Blended Teams (the New Norm)
This week, oDesk released its "Online Work Survey" for Fall 2012. As you might imagine,…
“Did u ping me re: that issue w/ GA?”
Confusing, right? Out of context, I’m sure that sentence makes absolutely no sense. But believe it or not, that’s actually a message I sent to a colleague the other day via Skype.
As a freelance marketing consultant, I spend a lot of time chatting with clients on instant messaging services. Skype, Google Chat, Microsoft Lync, Apple iMessage, and Facebook Chat are just a few of the tools I use each day.
When I look at the transcripts of things I’ve typed, I must admit that my 8th grade Grammar teacher wouldn’t be proud. (Sorry Mrs. Schmidt.)
In this post, I thought it would be fun to pull out some of the crazy abbreviations (and definitions) commonly used when communicating via instant messenger. Post a comment with your favorite one that I may have missed.
Ping – verb; the act of sending someone an instant message. “John pinged me today on Skype.”
IM – noun or sometimes a verb; abbreviation for “instant message.” “John sent me an IM today on Skype.”
VM – noun; abbreviation for “voice mail.” “Did you leave me a VM today?”
Conf – noun; abbreviation for “conference,” usually used in tandem with the word “call.” “Did you set up the conf call?”
NP – phrase; abbreviation for “no problem.”
LOL – phrase; abbreviation for “laugh out loud,” indicating something was funny.
Ha – exclamation; indicates something was funny.
Re: – noun; abbreviation for “regarding.” “Did you see my email re: the website project?”
WP – noun; abbreviation for “WordPress,” a popular content management system used to manage websites. “Did you load the blog post in WP yet?”
CMS – noun; abbreviation for “Content Management System,” a tool used to manage website content, images, and site structure. “Which CMS do you use?”
GA – noun; abbreviation for “Google Analytics,” a tool used by marketing nerds to track website traffic, leads, etc. “Did you see my report in GA?”
WMT – noun; abbreviation for “Webmaster Tools,” another tool used by even bigger marketing nerds to track website performance indicators. “Did you add the XML sitemap in WMT?”
IFS – noun; abbreviation for “Infusionsoft,” a marketing automation and CRM software application. “Did you set up the nurturing campaign in IFS?”
SF – noun; abbreviation for “Salesforce,” the world’s most popular CRM software application. “Is that a lead or a contact record in SF?”
Drive – noun; abbreviation for “Google Drive.” “Did you share the document via Drive?”
Docs – noun; abbreviation for “Google Docs,” typically used with the word “in” preceding it. “Did you put the file in docs?”
FB – noun; abbreviation for “Facebook.” “Did we share that on FB yet?”
Manual Time – noun; hours that are added manually by a contractor to oDesk’s Work Diary. This typically happens when a contractor logs time and oDesk’s software fails to track his or her time properly or there’s a poor Internet connection. “May I add manual time?”
Work Diary – noun; each contractor has an oDesk Work Diary that shows how much time was billed to a particular client or contract. “Did the time show up in your work diary?”
Activity Codes (aka Task Codes) – noun; specific activities that can be allocated to a contractor to bill against within an oDesk contract. “Did you see that new activity code I added for you?”
u – you
k – OK
y – yes
n – no
w – with
* (asterisk) – indicates something was previously typed incorrectly. For example, if you typed the word “football” as “ftooball,” you would acknowledge and fix your mistake by typing: *football
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