small data

(名詞) 個人或小公司所產生的資料。

註:既然有 small data,當然也有 big data !後者意為「需要特殊技術來儲存、搜尋和分析的大量資料」。

Small data is something else again. Think of all the digital tidbits consumers leave in their paths as they go through the day. Credit card payments, location fixes, newsletter signups, Facebook likes, tweets and Web searches. As Deborah Estrin stated at TEDMED 2013, "Small data are derived from our individual digital traces. We generate these data because most of us mediate or at least accompany our lives with mobile technologies. As a result, we all leave a 'trail of breadcrumbs ' behind us with our digital service providers, which together create our digital traces."
—Eric Lundquist, "'Small Data' Analysis the Next Big Thing, Advocates Assert," eWeek, September 10, 2013

Throughout the two days I found myself constantly presented with new ideas — of course, many of these were not new at all, just new for me to think about. So when Richard Nash talked about "small data" (metadata about you: your cookies, your web search history, your Amazon clicks, and so on), I knew it was an old topic, but he brought new life to it in a way that made me suddenly start to care.
—David Blatner, "A Report from Books in Browsers 2014, Part 2," CreativePro, November 17, 2014



(名詞) 暗中調查某人的朋友或社群媒體人脈。亦寫成 clique stalking
clique-stalker (名詞):暗中調查某人的朋友或社群媒體人脈的人。

As I scrolled down to check who was tagged in which photographs — and who was liking them and who was commenting — I fell into a pattern that one friend described as clique-stalking. That is: the sick pleasure of noticing, then picking apart, social-media interactions to determine which of your acquaintances know each other, and how, and why, and to what degree.
—Maureen O'Connor, "Clique-Stalking: Instagram's Greatest Social Pleasure," New York Magazine, April 24, 2015

Clique-stalking can best be described as a guilty pleasure that most of us may have indulged in at some point, which may or may not be born out of curiosity.
—Melissa D'Costa, "Are you guilty of clique-stalking?," DNA India, April 27, 2015



(名詞) 運送包裹及其他貨物的無人 (駕駛的) 車輛或飛機。亦寫成 deliver-bot。這個字是由 delivery + robot 拼綴而成。

For some, the announcement may have conjured visions of deliverbots whizzing through the air, ringing doorbells with mechanical arms. But the latest manifestation of Mr. Bezos' laser focus on customer service hints at bigger disruptions to come.
—Rachel King, "Amazon's Drones Will Change More than Delivery," The Wall Street Journal, December 2, 2013

Need a package delivered before the meeting starts? No problem. Other projections for work day dynamics include a modular "deliverbot" designed to deliver your packages.
—Darren Hunter, "Rethinking Happy Hour With The Self-Driving Office," Forbes, December 17, 2014


digital crowding

(名詞) 過度且難以控制或不可避免的線上社交接觸。

Powers sets the stage for his proposed digital philosophy by warning us that digital crowding is robbing us of depth.
—Gregory Edward Reynolds, "Crowd Control: Managing Electronic Distraction: A Review Article," Ordained Servant Online, March 23, 2011

"With all the focus on the legal aspects of privacy and the impact on global trade there's been little discussion of why you want privacy and why it's intrinsically important to you as an individual,” said Adam Joinson, professor of behavior change at the University of the West of England in Bristol, who coined the term "digital crowding" to describe excessive social contact and loss of personal space online.
—Shannon Doyne, "Do You Wish You Had More Privacy Online?," The New York Times, October 6, 2014



(名詞) "virtual reality" (虛擬實境) 的口語縮略詞。

I'm saying virch for virtual reality/videogame now because I'm lazy.
—GrownUp Jane, "I'm saying…," Twitter, November 3, 2014

Three weeks after he first experienced the results of the new virtual-reality production process, Shore paid a second visit to Menlo Park — this time with 61 names he had culled from his master list of 1,200. …The first name was Virch, for "virtual" reality.
—Neal Gabler, "The Weird Science of Naming New Products," The New York Times, January 15, 2015



(名詞) 耳掛或耳戴式小型電腦或電子裝置。亦寫成 hear-able。cf. wearable (穿戴式電腦或電子裝置)。

Smart ear devices, or "hearables," are the new horizon in the wearable space and for good reason. Current wearables — fitness wristbands, heart rate straps, even Google Glass — tend to be novelty-based and require convincing consumers to put something new on their body. Alternatively, ear devices have the potential to make a lasting impact in the wearable space.
—Stephen Brown, "Wearable fatigue? Stick it in your ear," Wired, October 1, 2014

And finally, getting back to the ear, LeBoeuf said we may someday soon have "hearables": in-ear devices that provide private, intelligent communication along with super-accurate biometric measurements.
—Carol Mangis, "Will wearables be 'hearables'?," Consumer Reports, January 5, 2015



(名詞) 分享餌:圖文並茂或含有短片的社群網站貼文,目的在吸引讀者分享該貼文。亦寫成 share-bait 或 share bait。

Behold, we have entered the age of share-bait: Content that exists only to be shared.
—Caitlin Dewey, "Forget click-bait. We're living in the world of share-bait now," The Washington Post, August 27, 2014

In its short life, BuzzFeed has garnered almost as much criticism as it has readers. Competitors and media critics have panned the website as a manifestation of clickable sharebait on steroids.
—Stephen Hutcheon, "BuzzFeed, Ben Smith and how to harness the viral power of the bored-at-work brigade," The Sydney Morning Herald, November 28, 2014



(名詞) 無人飛機所拍攝的照片或影片。亦寫成 drone-stagram。這個字是由 drone (無人飛機) + Instagram (知名的照片和影片分享社群網站) 拼綴而成。
dronestagram (動詞):使用無人飛機進行拍攝。
dronestagramming (現在分詞/動名詞)。

Dear SF drone-owners…, please send me your #dronestagrams of the fog rolling in over the city. Thanks.
—Adam Kazwell, “Dear SF drone-owners…,” Twitter, June 3, 2014

Apropos of autonomous weapons, Cody highlighted some “dronestagrams” taken by the unmanned vehicles.
—Benjamin Bissell, “The Week that Was: All of Lawfare in One Post,” Lawfare, November 1, 2014



(名詞) 資訊肥胖:過度吸收資訊。亦寫成 info-besity。這個字是由 information + obesity 拼綴而成。
-infobese (形容詞):資訊肥胖的 (過度吸收資訊的)。

People are suffering from info-besity. They are constantly snacking on LOLcats, on Psy on The Harlem Shake while similarly nibbling on Syria or tsunamis or European austerity and Australian politics.
—Stig Richards, "Bland Australian youth growing up as the 'info-besity generation'," Mumbrella, April 23, 2013

As someone ever-eager to flaunt my grammatical shallowness, I felt chagrined recently when a friend dropped "infobesity" into the conversation before I'd had a chance to claim this latest buzzword and introduce it in my column.
—Peter Bromhead, "Suffering from nomophobia?," The New Zealand Herald, October 3, 2014


digital pickpocketing

(名詞) 數位扒竊:竊取行動裝置的資料。與 electronic pickpocketing 同義,但 electronic pickpocketing 早在 1996 年就已經出現。
digital pickpocket (名詞):數位扒手。

Stuck on the tarmac, flipping through a travel magazine, you're struck by the blurb for metal-lined wallets. Purpose: to prevent digital pickpocketing by blocking radio frequencies.
—David Montgomery, "Electronic Pickpocket Stoppers," The Washington Post, April 2, 2008

The trousers are intended to stop thieves hacking into radio frequency identification (RFID) tagged passports or contactless payment cards.
—"Jeans made that will prevent 'digital pickpocketing'," BBC News, December 17, 2014