I know I saw a word a few years ago used to describe the small sense of joy/novelty/excitement we exchange when we send/receive cool links with others. Now, I can't recall the word, or where I saw it.

I am not sure whether it was a repurposed word, or a neologism.

I have a feeling it may be related to frisson, but this feeling hasn't helped me find the word I'm looking for, despite searching several times over the past two years (and as such may be a red herring).

Edit: I've found a few places where others are expressing some of the underlying emotional makeup of this, but still not the word; figured I would share with you.

from Yahoo questions:

Where can i find funny links to cheer up my friend? My friend is having a bad day and i´d like to send some funny links to make her laugh. What u suggest?

from HuffPo: Tech ettiquete - sharing links:

You are not the person who watches the watchmen! You can only lead a horse to water. You cannot make a horse open a link or, for that matter, react to it in the way you want. Yes, sharing something you feel all crazy about is a wonderful, personal experience. Yes, you are excited and want to see the recipient's reaction in the hopes that it will be like your reaction. Refrain.


There are not enough links in this world to constitute a romantic relationship. Sending links is just something people do now, like day dreaming about cool Facebook albums or looking at their phone all the time. Usually, the fact that you have received this link is only tangentially related to you. There are three reasons people like to show other people things they like:

A) To get validation that the things they like are cool. B) So that the receiver will know they are cool. C) Because they think the link will bring the receiver pleasure.

Ideally, this list would be inverted, but in reality it is not. The sending of the link should be it's own reward. If it isn't, see #1.

from makeuseof:

Are you constantly looking for something fresh and interesting to link to from your MySpace or Facebook account to intrigue and fascinate your friends?


There is one remaining, very powerful way to provoke a reaction from your half-asleep friends. Link to one of the following top 10 disgusting websites, and watch what sort of response you get.

from WikiHow: get your crush to be your friend:

If you both have a Facebook account, share similar links to those of your crush's, based on what you see from him/her, or on his/her profile. He or she may 'like' or even comment on the links you post! Just never share the exact same links.

  • Are you thinking of serendipity? Its more general though - the joy of an unanticipated find Commented Oct 10, 2013 at 17:28
  • Seremdipity is more about fortunate unexpected circumstances. This is more a sense of joy from sharing a thing which both parties would enjoy, and doesn't carry the unexpected or circumstantial quality of serendipity. As a general world, I'd suggest something more akin to "elation".
    – Zibbobz
    Commented Oct 10, 2013 at 17:36
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    I seriously doubt there's a dedicated term for the exact context you describe. Does it have to be Internet-based exchanges, or could a letter through the post have the same effect? Does the specific information sent/received have to be a "link", or could it be actual text/artwork? Does it really have to be the same "small sense of joy/etc." for both sender and receiver? Commented Oct 10, 2013 at 17:37
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    I remember seeing this word somewhere as well. I think it's in same category as “sonder”. Commented Oct 10, 2013 at 17:43
  • @AffableGeek Not serendipity.
    – abathur
    Commented Oct 10, 2013 at 17:53

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I doubt if this was it but would you consider the wonderful word twitterpated?

twitter - twittering or tremulous excitement; twitterpated - thrilled, excited

Although the origins predate Twitter by a mile, the term has taken semantic drifts and will be understood in a modern interpretation by most people if context is made clear.


I would probably describe this as amusement, which I tend to think of as rather small and fleeting compared to other words in the same vein.


This is a W.A.G. chosen from a list of synonyms for "surprise" that start with an "F":


transitive verb \ˈfi-ləp\

3: stimulate - "...with this to fillip his spirits" — Robert Westerby

And here are the synonyms for "fillip":

amp (up), brace, energize, enliven, animate, fire, ginger (up), invigorate, jazz (up), juice up, jump-start, liven (up), pep (up), quicken, spike, stimulate, vitalize, vivify, zip (up)

  • In BrEng W.A.G stands for wives and girlfriends, and I just can't work out its meaning in your answer.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Oct 13, 2013 at 11:51
  • Found it, wild assed guess. I like it!
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Oct 13, 2013 at 11:54
  • @Mari-LouA, that's it! Lol! :-) Commented Oct 13, 2013 at 12:18
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    You are BUWT - fillip refers to a stimulus, not the experience.
    – user49727
    Commented Oct 13, 2013 at 15:38
  • @user49727, IYO. :-) Commented Oct 13, 2013 at 15:51

a boot slang; a swift, pleasurable feeling; a thrill

Watching that young skater win a gold medal gave me a real boot. (Dictionary.com)

What moment could be swifter than a boot? Its meaning similar to kick; it might be used to describe that moment when one opens a file or link that has been sent by friends.

That was a real boot

Otherwise, a hoot which expresses a fleeting moment of fun or hilarity

it's an old joke but a real hoot


Is it "empathy" (no direct connection with "sympathy") which the fact of mentally identifying your feelings with somebody else (it could be joy, sadness, etc.), almost as from inside.

  • -1 "Empathy" is sharing someone else's feelings. I understand the question as referring to your own feelings when exchanging/sending/receiving links with others.
    – TrevorD
    Commented Oct 10, 2013 at 23:21

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