Stop using "Zoom" as a general term for video conferencing.
Stop using "Google" as a general term for searching the web.
@garritfra I once saw a YouTuber saying he wouldn't stop calling ti 'googling' even though he uses DDG. He claimed that if 'Google' became enough of a part of english language, their trademark (or whatever) over this very name could be trialled. Just like anyone can license something with 'Windows' in the brand name.
I do find this a bit far-fetched, but considering it is already present in Merriam Webster, why not... (couldn't find source tough)
@tobtobxx @garritfra About windows I remember the "Mac Vs PC" commercial TV. Assuming that PC was fucking Windows. Even people here used to say "That computer is slow because is a PC in my house I use mac" and I said "No, it is slow because has a fucking Windows, no because it's a PC". I could understand that from people who only used the computer for work but from a person who called himself "Computer scientist" was a bit disappointing for me.
@garritfra You know it's going to be hard when the media is literally PAID to say these things? Just an FYI for everyone.
Zoom became the de facto word only because they had an IPO. Media companies bought early Google stock. This is all.
@JackMeinoff interesting take. To clarify: do you mean that it's important to make the IPO at the right time? Because frankly they are not the only company that IPOed during the pandemic.
@garritfra They happened to IPO right when it was starting and had already made the cross-licensing deals with all the major networks. Zoom (the word) was coming no matter, it just was lifted by the pandemic.
@kzimmermann My favorite, from days past, was "I need a new modem."
"Ok, here is one for $12."
"No, it is much bigger than that."
"Ah, you mean the desktop computer."
@souldessin unbelievable! I would have pardoned if they confused the modem with a router, but this... holy crap.
Reminds of the time someone in my first company opened a ticket to fix the coffee maker because "it has LCD screen and blinky buttons"
genericizing trademarks can sometimes reduce the amount of power a company has over those trademarks, which can be a good thing i guess. probably less applicable to web-type scenarios where there's 1 Google rather than thousands of knockoff velcros
@garritfra and stop using 'Hoover' as a term for vacuuming. There are quite a few that crept into the language.
@garritfra add to thus
Facebook - social media
powerpoint for presentations
outlook - email
I have been working on this
Taking the UK digital skills framework and applying that to using free / privacy friendly software, tools etc.
@garritfra Regarding the latter, I started saying I'm going to DuckDuckGo it, but it doesn't have that same ring to it!
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