Unsuck It: The "Lighter Side" of Corporate Speak

I know you know what I’m talking about. Corporate speak. Ambiguous brethren of legal speak. Enemy of Plain English and universally recognized obfuscator of business-related unpleasantries.

Ever wondered what those corporate press releases, emails, internal documentation and biz-communications really mean? Yes, there is now an App for that too! Check out Unsuck It (link here) – it’s a web directory masquerading as a search engine that hopes to untangle the tangled web of words flowing out of corporate communications department. Just below the prompt “What Terrible Business Jargon Do You Need Unsucked?” is a search box. Simply enter your “corporate speak” and receive the real world translation in moments. I won’t quote some of the site lingo, particularly Unsuck It’s version of  the “I’m feeling lucky” filter or the link title for emailing the “individual” who used the offending phrase with the plain language alternative – I will just leave it up to you, the intrepid link follower, to learn their particular phrasings. If you simply want to wade in the waters (as opposed to boil the ocean) of such inane phrasings, you can hit the browse tab, which shows phrases in an alphabetical list.

Fun times, thanks to Lifehacker.

Sifting Twitter Links with SiftLinks

When you want the links, the whole links and nothing but the links from your Twitter follows, there is a better way to find them than simply reading your entire 500+ person Twitter stream for every post with a shortened URL. James Constable has created SiftLinks, a stripped-down application that pulls all of the links from your Twitter stream, converts them to RSS, and sends them to your feed reader of choice. Some people do not particularly like reading their “news” via RSS reader, but for those of us who do, SiftLinks is a nifty tool to futher refine your quest for newsworthy material among the flotsam and jetsam (sorry, just wanted to write those words this morning).

If you fall into the former category and REALLY want to get funky, try feeding the RSS feed full of stripped out links from your reader program back into a dedicated Twitter account. Then load Flipboard onto your iPad, add the Twitter account to your list of sources, and see all of the links displayed magazine style on your 9″ x 7″ screen. Shiny!

Hat tip on SiftLinks to Jane Hart at Jane’s Pick Of The Day (link here).