Definition In Context


overshare (verb): to divulge excessive personal information, as in a blog or broadcast interview, prompting reactions ranging from alarmed discomfort to approval.

In Context

On December 1, Webster’s New World Dictionary announced “overshare” as 2008’s Word of the Year. Watch Editor-In-Chief Mike Agnes’s explanation of why “overshare” was selected, plus real life examples of oversharing (and its consequences) from passersby in Washington Square Park, NYC:

“Of course, some people have always been more naturally inclined toward oversharing than others. Technology just enables us to overshare on a different scale.”
—New York Times, Exposed

In the article title, “Angelina Overshares Again.”
—New York Observer, Angelina Overshares Again (June 12, 2008)

Oversharing is the latest indulgence embraced by one generation and worrying another. Teens and twentysomethings raised by the Internet have no locks on their hearts and bedrooms. This drives baby boomers, who’d previously owned the market on narcissism, into a fitful frenzy. Kids dropping their own names instead of dropping acid? How wrong.”
—Los Angeles Times, My Morning Jacket, Martha Wainwright benefit from oversharing

“The dirty little conceit of so many social-media and -networking sites, including Facebook and Flickr and FriendFeed, is that they disguise self-publicity and oversharing as chatting with friends and uploading for storage. By turning private information into public fodder, these sites eliminate the difference between communication and publishing.”
—New York Magazine, The Microfame Game

“One psychologist blames the influx of the overshare on an increase in individualism—and with that comes a hike in narcissism. We’re oversharing more now because we’re pretty pleased with ourselves, says Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University.”
—MSNBC, Beware the overshare in everyday conversations

Overshare? / Of course, users might get the willies thinking about just how much their own activity is becoming part of the information flow of the Internet. Do you really want an application sharing what you do with your friends or indeed the entire world?”
—CNET, Yahoo to expose its wiring to developers next week

In the entry title, “The Compulsive Oversharers of the Internet: A Field Guide.”
—Gawker, The Compulsive Oversharers of the Internet: A Field Guide

In the entry title, “Another Martha Stewart Overshare,” and illustrated by a video of Martha Stewart.
—Defamer, Another Martha Stewart Overshare

“The emergent champion of the overshare ‘movement’ is a writer named Rex Sorgatz … When a commenter named ‘boredwithit’ complained about the oversharing on Rex’s blog, Rex responded with a passionate defense that had me standing on my chair. / Here’s the gist of it … ‘If that [blog] is oversharing, then so is writing a novel. The internet is here because we can share, not in spite of it. People who don’t recognize that are Web 2.Old.'”
—Geekcentric, The Overshare War

“Then there are topics that are just never appropriate for an overshare: / Like any bodily discomfort above foot level and below head. / Or sordid fantasies about things like making out with pigeons. / Or creepy self-written poetry.”
—Miss Model Behavior, The Overshare

Women of the Internet, it’s time to go. It’s dangerous online for us in tech … Consider this a collective Swiftian kick to the panties. Follow me, for this is why we have no hope here … Because we don’t know any better than to overshare … The future of women in computer science could be ushered in by tasking these same young ladies with developing the next NetNanny. For the already of-age, it’s not too late. Ask yourself, what trusted man could you give your email logins to?”
—Valleywag, Five reasons why women really do need to get off the Internet

“I loved the word ‘overshare‘ the first time I heard it. Now, six weeks later, I’ll be happy if I never hear it again. Emily Gould popularized the word in a May 25 article in the New York Times Magazine. That column sparked a massive public debate, with a small army of bloggers trying to judge the value of intimate personal blogging. Call it “The Overshare War’ — the battle between fans of artistic personal disclosure and the people who hate it.'”
—Geekcentric, The Overshare War

“When Emily Gould coined the phrase ‘overshare‘ at Gawker, she gave a name to something we were all doing but as of yet had no real name for. / According to Technorati’s State of the Blogophere 2008 report, 79 percent of bloggers are personal bloggers, meaning that they blog about topics of personal interest not associated with a blogger’s work. This is fertile ground for overshares.”
—Open Salon, Splitting The World: The Art in Oversharing

” … ways to feign sincerity—(Important for anyone who has a boss just so-full-of-himself you can’t stand it.) … Overshare: Doesn’t matter if it’s relevant…this will make it seem like you’re really in deep.”
—TechRepublic, IT Leadership | Some of these tips actually work!

“Katie ‘Jordan’ Price has a tendency to overshare sometimes and she’s done it again, by telling the whole world the details about her bathroom breaks.”
—I’m Not Obsessed, Jordan Is Scared Of The Toilet

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