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Omnipod Releases New Survey Results of Most Commonly Used Instant Messaging Acronyms in the Workplace


NEW YORK , NY -- December 29, 2004 -- Omnipod, Inc. announced today the results of a survey of 2,000 of its end users on what instant messaging (IM) acronyms are most commonly used in the workplace. Survey participants came from a cross-section of industries and were all users of Omnipod’s secure On Demand Private IM solution.

Omnipod found that the 10 new most commonly used acronyms while IMing in the workplace are:

1. NP - No Problem
2. JK - Just Kidding
3. LMAO - Laughing My Ass Off
4. CB - Call Back
5. TTYL - Talk To You Later
6. WTG - Way To Go!
7. NCIH - No Chance In Hell
8. DHT$ - Don’t Have The Budget (or Dollars)
9. WRUV4 - Who Are You Voting For?
10. RFL? - Ready For Lunch?

Acronyms that are used in everyday speech, such as FYI or ASAP, were not included in the survey.

“This is our second annual survey and it is interesting to see how IM slang evolves year after year.” observed Gideon Stein, CEO of Omnipod. “This being an election year I wasn’t surprised to see something election oriented in the top 10. Not surprisingly, ’WRUV4’ (who are you voting for) dropped off completely after November 3rd.”

Added Stein, “People seem to be getting more comfortable in their general use of IM as a conversational medium with more and more slang entering their acronym use--LMAO and NCIH are prime examples.”

According to the Radicati Group, IM is used in 85% of all enterprises in North America, whether for personal non-business use, or company-sanctioned communications. An estimated 20% of all enterprise users worldwide utilize IM today, and expect this number to grow to 80% of enterprise users by year-end 2008.

About Omnipod

Omnipod, Inc. was founded in 1999 to provide a secure, centrally controlled communications platform built on instant messaging technology. Omnipod’s Professional Online Desktop (POD) is designed for enterprise use and seamlessly integrates file sharing and transfer capabilities, as well as numerous other secure communications functions into a presence-based messaging infrastructure. The company’s platform is presently deployed with a number of organizations and Fortune 500 companies in a cross section of industries. Omnipod’s investors include Lexington Ventures, Mapleton Investments and private individuals.


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