Stop Dishonest Tech Lingo! (that means you, Apple and Microsoft)
Apr 10, 2009, 07:33 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Elgan)
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When two users agree to grant each other access to their Facebook
profiles, it's called Friending, and the people are called
"But the word is wishful thinking. Sure, some of the people on
my Friends list are friends. But many I don't know at all. Others
are relatives, business associates and people with whom I have
""Connections" would be more honest.
"To label something "beta" is to hang the equivalent of an
"under construction" sign. The idea is that a "beta" product should
be judged by a more lenient set of criteria than a "shipping"
product. Normally, "beta" products are distributed free in exchange
for constructive feedback that enables product improvement before
the company starts making money on it. The "beta" stops before the
"Somehow, Google got the wacky idea that it could start calling
free online services "beta," and never stop."