Noah Brier must have bugged my phone line, because my wife and I talk about this all the time. Too funny.
And if you have never visited Noah's blog, I recommend doing so - it's a great read and refreshingly absent of attitude or hubris.
Here's the post:
Over the last few months Benjaminand I have been having funny conversations comparing the different levels of exposure/knowledge in the age of blogs. To aid in the process we've come up with this handy glossary:
I READ THAT: I actually read that.
I READ ABOUT THAT: I read a blog synopsis, article about a subject, or article about an article.
I KNOW ABOUT THAT: I have read several different opinions/reviews/synopsis to the point where I not only know the basic content of the original article but also the cultural impact it has made, yet I have not read the original piece.
I HEARD ABOUT THAT: I saw a bunch of headlines about that thing, leading me to believe it was important, but read nothing in depth.
I'VE BEEN REALLY INTO THAT: I read the original, and then have followed up on various other people's opinions and reviews and synopsis
I'VE BEEN DISCUSSING THAT: I read about it, then posted something and am now commenting, discussing, etc.