One topic we don't really bother to talk about is language - specifically the language of the internet. We speak it, we write it, we live with it, but most of the time, we don't get to stop and wonder how that word came to be. Language is literally a massive factor for the unity and division of people; and in the world we live in, where social media is taking over (almost) everyone's lives, it's essential that we stay up to date and aware of all the words, abbreviations, and symbols that's being used in the world wide web.
The internet community encompasses everyone who has an internet connection which means almost every country is represented in this little virtual world. There is no "official language" per se, so the language of the internet, as a whole, is simply a combination of languages from all over the world.
ABBREVIATIONS, EMOTICONS, AND PARENTS
Text messaging may have called for the need to shorten the things we say because of the cost but this habit of abbreviating words and phrases was eventually used in the world wide web especially through chat. It may have started with simple abbreviations of every day phrases such as "OMG" and "LOL" but now almost everything that we say has a corresponding abbreviation! Even number combinations such as "411" (which means information) and "420" (also translates to weed) are now 'accepted' alternatives to everyday words. Emoticons and Emojis are also very much accepted in today's society. Some people even have conversations using emojis alone! These things usually leads to hilarious reactions from older people, especially the parents. (It may also lead to getting grounded.)
A new word gets created every 98 minutes, and at that rate, we'll have 14 new words by the end of this day! But in the world wide web, new abbreviations, acronyms, and emoticons get created and utilized faster. If it's catchy and it sounds good, it might just be the next big thing. Just look at YOLO and bae (which also happens to be the Danish word for poop; but I don't think that's gonna stop anyone from describing the love of their life as the ultimate bae anytime soon.) These words became an overnight sensation and it is now being used by almost everyone you follow. Some words, acronyms, and abbreviations like shizzle, tbh, and grantastic (grand+fantastic) have also been included in The Open Dictionary of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. How cool is that?
In the end, what will really matter is if you and the person/group of people you're talking to understand each other. The words you use with the people you interact with, online or in real life, might mean one thing to you but might mean something else to another group of people; because of this, we can never really guarantee how extensive the language of the internet is and if that's not cool and fascinating then I don't know what is!