The electronic character of the channel has a fundamental influence on the language of the medium.
Internet slang is used in chat rooms, social networking services, online games, video games and in the online community.
Since 1979, users of communications networks like Usenet created their own shorthand.
The primary motivation for using a slang unique to the Internet is to ease communication.
However, it can be understood to be a type of slang that Internet users have popularized, and in many cases, have coined.
Such terms often originate with the purpose of saving keystrokes or to compensate for small character limits.
Many people use the same abbreviations in texting and instant messaging, and social networking websites.
Acronyms, keyboard symbols and abbreviations are common types of Internet slang.
However, while Internet slang shortcuts save time for the writer, they take two times as long for the reader to understand, according to a study by the University of Tasmania.
Internet slang provides a channel which facilitates and constrains our ability to communicate in ways that are fundamentally different from those found in other semiotic situations.