Help Coin a New Word

I’ve been thinking for a few days that there’s a gap in the language that needs to be filled, and as always, I turn to the hive mind of the internet to help out.

In fact, it’s the internet that’s created the need for this word. It’s made possible a new kind of career: a person who has a purely web-based job, like freelance writing, programming or web design, who has no fixed address and who constantly travels because they can do their job from anywhere, and because they can. I know several people who fit this description.

What’s a good word for this? I thought of “web nomad,” which is descriptive but isn’t catchy. Let’s see if you can do better.

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  • Space Blizzard

    net jockey

    web wanderer

    netlancer

  • Drew Smith

    Webworker? Cloudcareerist?

  • Michael “X” Dofang

    “Cloudlancer” just popped into my head.

  • Michael “X” Dofang

    … or update “carpetbagger” to “laptopbagger” or “lapbagger”?

  • Rain

    I second the “netlancer”.

  • Gideon

    teletemp, e-hobo

  • Viktor Brown

    E-hobo is the best term for it!

  • Francisco Luna

    I thin “webeter” sounds good

  • Keljopy

    It looks like wikipedia already talks about a “Digital Nomad” as someone similar to your description and “Location Independence” as a term encompassing this and a few other things.

  • David Simon

    Camper-coder.

  • Mike

    Blogger, and web designer. It’s as lame and uncool as it sounds. Don’t try to be something that you’re not >_> “This post was brought to you by a Cosmo-net”

  • randomfactor

    Freebooter.

  • Ian Reide

    Networker.

  • Kathy

    When I worked at home for IBM, I was referred to as a telecommuter. That was the general description for all employees who worked from home.

  • Ulrich

    In Germany some call this a “digital bohemian”.

  • Justin Hubbard

    There is a word already Bedouin.

  • smrnda

    I like ‘digital bohemian’ since it says a bit more about the lifestyle of such people.

  • smrnda

    Ulrich – how long has this term been used in Germany?

  • David Cortesi

    yebbut “networking” is already a verb, to cultivate one’s contacts and curry favor.

  • David Cortesi

    I like netlancer too but throw these in the pot:

    net nomad (more general than web nomad)

    webutterfly

    connectivist

    bandwidth bee

  • Nico

    e-lancer

  • Ulrich

    According to Wikipedia, it was originally coined in 1995, though I don’t know how much it was really used back then. In 2006 a book on on-line freelancers included the term in its title, which I think was its real breakthrough. I still would not call it “widely known”, but I’d expect at least people close to “net culture” to know it.

  • Keith Harrison

    Cloudcoder

  • Ptah

    Parasite.

  • qo

    Slacker?

  • Rez™

    Net + Bedouin = “Netouin”


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