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The beta test was dubbed “Samuel” and for Schober, a teenage fan of BBSes (bulletin board systems), it was an intriguing opportunity.Last month, Sean Parker of Napster fame launched Airtime.Amid the hoopla of the launch — attended, for some reason, by Jimmy Fallon and Snoop Dogg — Parker told an anecdote about meeting his business partner, Shawn Fanning, 15 years ago in a chat room, saying, “There’s something exciting about bringing spontaneity to the Internet. The mating call of the barely post-pubescant teenager.Typically the male initiates this signal, as an attempt to attract a female that can give an honest reply to his liking.So “LMK” — let me know — and “WYCM” — will you call me? But the issue, especially for parents, is understanding the slang that could signal some dangerous teen behavior, such as “GNOC,'” which means “get naked on camera.” And it certainly helps for a parent to know that “PIR” means parent in room, which could mean the teen wants to have a conversation about things his or her mom and dad might not approve of.