This week’s new words: netorati and couple surfing

My eye was drawn to a couple of words new to me in a Reutersarticle in The Australian this morning (8 August 2006, ‘Couple surfing cuts out the small talk’, p 34). ‘Netorati’ seems to refer to avid Internet users, and at the time of writing does not even appear in Wikipedia!

To quote from the article, ‘Coined by bloggers responding to a column on the online version of Wired (,71074-0.html ), couple surfing describes netaholics or infomaniacs who surf alongside each other — doing together what used to be seen as a solitary activity.’ Sad to report that my wife and I often surf alongside each other, our computers are next to one another at home, but we would strongly reject the tags of netaholics and infomaniacs!


About Michael Rees
Academic in IT interested in Web 2.0 and social media

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