The Webbie: The Common Misconceptions and The Truth

Jack Simpson

Head of Marketing and Communications

Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.

Before I launch into this blog, allow me to explain what a Webbie is. ‘Webbie’ is a word we use in the Web Applications office to describe someone who is particularly ICT-literate: they are excellent at programming, coding languages and generally getting computers to function at their maximum potential.  Here, I outline the common misconceptions of the Webbie and try establish the fact from the fiction.

In all honesty, knowing I would be working alongside Webbies was a mild concern of mine before I started working here. The ICT-literate have somehow developed a bad name, the stereotype of ‘The Computer Geek’ serves as fantastic material for comedians to poke fun at. I imagined contending with a series of in-jokes, that non-Webbies would never quite get, or having to watch Star Trek at length before I’d ever be able to fit in, in which case I really was in serious trouble.

But, as someone who could comparatively be considered ICT-illiterate, I can confirm for the record that the Webbies of the Web Applications office are a far cry from the stereotype that stems from their profession. Rather than using their knowledge as a tool for one-upmanship, the gracious Webbies in this office are readily willing to assist the likes of me with technological issues that they understand in enormous depth and they are well able to convey fairly complex ICT-related issues in terms that I would understand.

This is not to say, of course, that the Webbies deny the very thing that intrigues them most, in fact the Webbies generally revel in the idea of being perceived as being a ‘computer geek’ – under this roof, such a label is as a badge to be worn with pride. A passion for retro gaming, competitive XBox banter and lengthy discussion about our software products ensues frequently in the office.  But contrary to the unfounded and rather ignorant assumption that ICT experts are geeky, perculiar or worse, boring, the Webbies here are lively, sociable and witty, with a penchant for riveting endeavours, such as extreme motor-biking, spending a few weeks on the Trans-Siberian Express and, of course, Top Gear.

Becoming part of the Web Applications team has allowed me to re-evaluate my misconception of the Webbie. They are good at what they do and enjoy it, but their occupation does not dictate their personalities, which are as rich and varied as, if not more than, anyone I have ever worked with.

Long live the Webbie!