We’re all guilty of using buzzwords now and then. Sure, they sound cool and clever in the moment, but many of the hottest terms that are all the rage today will inevitably be something we laugh about or cringe over in the years to come. Technology buzzwords in particular have the tendency to turn cliché, lose their meaning, or simply grow outdated as the rapidly changing industry outpaces their intended meanings.
If you’re still using any of these outdated tech-centric terms that are well past their prime, you might want to consider purging them from your vocabulary.
Cyberspace? Cybercrime? Cyber culture? Those “cyber” terms evoke memories of the mid-90s in all its cheesy splendor. It was a simpler time, back when Internet culture was just gaining momentum, and a term best left in the past if you don’t want to be dating yourself.
Nothing is truly “future proof.” Unless you’re some kind of tech psychic, it’s impossible to anticipate and preemptively plan for every problem that could come down the pike. Avoid this misleading buzzword.
We’re already well into Web 3.0 at this point, but even then, it’s better to talk about the Internet in more understandable terms. Web X.0 is a pretty nebulous description that not everyone will be in-the-know on. Plus, you’re setting an automatic expiration date when using any variation of this term.
Surf the Web
Nobody “surfs the web” anymore, now that one search engine has dominated the competition. When people need to find information online, they just “Google it.”
As in the “dot-com boom.” Nowadays, the line between physical businesses and online ventures is so blurred that there’s no point to differentiating between the two. Everything is integrated, so it rarely makes sense to draw the distinction.
Rolling out a fossilized phrases like “information superhighway” won’t win you any props with the tech-set. This 90s buzzword references a time when the Internet was still being rolled out and expanded.
Often used as a way to reference a groundbreaking bit of tech, an innovative business model, or a new way of thinking, “disruptive” still has a negative ring to it that can send mixed messages.
Buzzwords Bugging You?
So what are your favorite outdated tech buzzwords that need to be killed with fire? Feel free to add to the discussion in the comments section below!