Useful links: beautiful HTML, unfriend, e-expectations, Facebook gods

What beautiful HTML looks like from CSS Tricks is a PNG image. It’s a little hard to read at browser size, but I can imagine it at poster size on a classroom wall, where it would be very useful and instructive.

Oxford Word of the Year is “unfriend.”

“It has both currency and potential longevity,” notes Christine Lindberg, Senior Lexicographer for Oxford’s US dictionary program. “In the online social networking context, its meaning is understood, so its adoption as a modern verb form makes this an interesting choice for Word of the Year. Most “un-” prefixed words are adjectives (unacceptable, unpleasant), and there are certainly some familiar “un-” verbs (uncap, unpack), but “unfriend” is different from the norm. It assumes a verb sense of “friend” that is really not used (at least not since maybe the 17th century!). Unfriend has real lex-appeal.”

Other technology related words that Oxford considered this year include hashtag, intexticated, netbook, paywall, and sexting.

Scrolling Toward Enrollment: Web Site Content and the E-Expectations of College-Bound Seniors (pdf) uncovers the online expectations and behavior of college-bound seniors.

The Facebook Gods is a romp. You need a little Facebook humor today, don’t you?

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