I have seen the use of *s on Bebo what are *s called? Stars?
For instance *spits*: The action of spitting.
In the same context (IT) the full-stop (AmE period) is commonly enunciated as 'dot' - hence 'dotcom'. The file-specification "*.*" is "star dot star". International communications standards with a "." in the title are, e.g., "123 dot 4".
(This applies only to numbers; if there's a letter in the title, BE and AmE diverge - e.g. "X twenty-five" (BE) but "X dot twenty-five" (AmE).) This may be of more use than it seems (unless I'm talking to myself ): the Joint Academic Network (JANET) that links all the big academic institutions in the UK is an X.25 network [at least it was - maybe it's changed; if you're interested, you can probably find out here: JANET and UKERNA ].
* snowflake? Just kidding. I also call them astericks. Examples from chatrooms:
...chat rooms didn't have smilies and you had to type how you were reacting out between astericks. *LOL* ...
...shaun you must use *astericks* if you don;t want anyone else to see...
Someone just told me to add astericks in your tagline so that it separates...
Please don't confuse me with the other **tko** who uses astericks around his ...
All the best.
(One of my pet peeves, by the way, is when people pronounce it "asterik.")
I liked that, BobK.
Psst. Ouisch, there isn't a star on the keyboard.