Sunday, November 8, 2015

IT Jargon: Imaginary Internet Points

Imaginary Internet Points

The term “imaginary Internet points” has become a shorthand way to talk about the soft values that people get from various kinds of online interactions where other users may like, upload or otherwise support content online. "Imaginary Internet points" are conceptual "points" obtained through digital user activity.

In the digital era, the term “imaginary Internet points” has developed as a way to reference intangible value. One example is on the  social media platform Facebook, where Facebook “likes” have become a quick and easy way for someone to signal support, agreement, amusement or other kinds of emotional interaction.

These Facebook “likes” have come to have value that is in some ways a concrete value. Businesses might talk about putting a value on Facebook “likes.” The same indications might have significant social value to individual users.