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See also: LazyWeb


Alternative forms[edit]


lazy +‎ Web, coined by British designer and co-founder of Dopplr Matt Jones in 2002,[1] and later popularized as a hashtag added to questions on Twitter, peaking around 2008.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. (Internet, informal, humorous) The Internet, personified as a being that will answer the questions of those who are too lazy to do their own research.
    • 2002 June 11, Matt Jones, “Make me think.”, in[2], archived from the original on 2002-06-12:
      Victor proves the first rule of the lazy-web ("if you wait long enough, someone will write/build/design what you were thinking about") []
    • 2003 January 16, Ben Hammersley, “Web-sharing the lazy way”, in The Guardian[3], →ISSN:
      Some might want a little widget for their weblog that does something cool. Talk about it online for a bit—through the magical power of the LazyWeb—and they may well get it.
    • 2008, Ricardo SIGNES, “dear lazyweb: hashref instead of objects”, in perl.moose (Usenet):
    • 2009, Jonno Downes, “lazyweb request for reusable menu code”, in comp.sys.apple2.programmer (Usenet):
    • 2011, Tim Phillips, Talk Normal: Stop the Business Speak, Jargon and Waffle, Kogan Page Publishers, →ISBN, page 175:
      If the phrase doesn't exist, you can offer a definition, or it asks the ‘lazyweb’ for one by tweeting it.
    • 2011 July 7, Nicholas Jackson, “Infographic: Twitter, Lazyweb Expose the Limits of Google”, in The Atlantic[4]:
      The lazyweb hashtag is rarely used anymore—it peaked in 2008 and has been declining with increasing rapidity over time—but people still turn to Twitter when they want to outsource a question.
    • 2011, Martin Weller, The Digital Scholar: How Technology is Transforming Scholarly Practice[5], London: Bloomsbury, →ISBN, pages 102–103:
      For instance, a lazyweb request on Twitter is likely to be successful if the requester has either responded previously to such requests [] .

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Clay Shirky (2003 January 7) “LazyWeb and RSS: Given Enough Eyeballs, Are Features Shallow Too?”, in OpenP2P[1], archived from the original on 2003-01-27:There is evidence that this two-step process applies to features as well, in a pattern Matt Jones has dubbed the LazyWeb.