Originally "infosnacking" described time spent on the computer at work doing things that aren't work-related, such as Googling someone or shopping online. Like all great Internet terms "infosnacking" has morphed to describe the practice of jumping online for brief periods throughout the day (wherever you are) to check e-mail, sports scores, or headlines.

Historical perspective: Even though it was nominated as the word of the year in 2005 by Webster's New World College Dictionary, infosnacking is not widely used in online jargon or in the real world. On the contrary, the New Oxford American Dicitonary nominated "podcasting" as the 2005 word of the year. As of December 8, 2005, "infosnacking" was getting a mere 637 hits on Google while "podcasting" was getting more than 35 million.

NetLingo Classification: Online Jargon