Glossary of Social Media Terminology - DOC by byt34827


									Glossary of Social Media Terminology

Aggregation—Gathering information from multiple websites, typically via RSS. Aggregation lets websites
remix the information from multiple websites, for example by republishing all the news related to a particular

Bliki—A combination of the two Internet concepts of a blog and wiki. It combines features from both: as with
blogs, posts or articles appear in reverse chronological order on the front page, with the most recent one at the
top; but editing is done in wiki style, with a version history for each page and special markup tags.

Blog—Originally short for “weblog,” a blog is a web page that contains entries in reverse chronological order,
with the most recent entry on top. It is usually updated more frequently than a website with static content, and
often solicits and displays comments from readers.

Blogroll—A list of recommended sites that appears in the sidebar of a blog. These sites are typically sites that
are either on similar topics, sites that the blogger reads regularly, or sites that belong to the blogger's friends or
colleagues.—A social bookmarking web service for storing, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks. Users can
create individual feeds which then aggregate the most popular items to prominent status on the site's front page.

Digg—A community-based popularity website that combines social bookmarking, blogging, and syndication
with a form of non-hierarchical, democratic editorial control. News stories and websites are submitted by users,
and then promoted to the front page through a user-based ranking system.

Discussion Board—A web application for holding discussions and posting user generated content. The term
may refer to the entire community or to a specific sub-forum dealing with a distinct topic. Messages within
these sub-forums are then displayed either in chronological order or as threaded discussions.

Facebook—A popular social networking website originally aimed at college students, but beginning to be more
widely used by the general population.

Flickr—An online community platform built around users uploading, sharing, tagging, and commenting on
photos taken by users.

Folksonomy—The practice and method of collaboratively creating and managing tags to annotate and
categorize content.

Google Earth—A version of Google Maps that offers a three-dimensional view of maps and terrain along with
some enhanced functionality.

Google Maps—A free application and development platform that provides online maps. It offers street maps, a
route planner, and an urban business locator for numerous countries around the world.

Instant Messaging—A form of real-time communication between two or more people in which typed text is
conveyed via computers connected over a network such as the Internet.
LinkedIn—A business-oriented social networking site used mainly for professional networking.

Mashup—A web service or software tool that combines two or more tools to create a whole new service. A
leading example is ChicagoCrime, which merges Google Maps with the Chicago police department's crime
tracking website to offer a map of crime in different parts of Chicago.
MMS—Multimedia Messaging Service; a version of SMS that allows for the conveyance of media such as
sounds, videos, and still images.

Moblogging—Short for mobile blogging, moblogging refers to posting blog updates from a cell phone, camera
phone or PDA (personal digital assistant). Mobloggers may update their websites more frequently than other
bloggers, because they don't have to be at their computers in order to post.

MySpace—A popular social networking website known for allowing users to customize their homepages with
elaborate design elements, multimedia content, and photos of other friends in their myspace social network.

Newsreader/Feedreader—A newsreader gathers the news from multiple blogs or news sites via RSS, allowing
readers to access all their news from a single website or program. Online newsreaders are Websites that let you
read RSS feeds from within your web browser. Desktop newsreaders download the news to your computer, and
let you read your news inside a dedicated software program.

Open-Source—A type of software for which the source code is available to the general public to build on or

Phonecast—A version of a podcast designed to be broadcast to cellular phones and other mobile devices.

Plaxo—An online address book service that relies on social networking to maintain and distribute current
contact, schedule, and other types of information.

Podcast—An audio blog, typically updated weekly or daily. Podcasts take their name from having originally
been designed for iPods, but you can also listen to podcasts on a desktop computer, or many other digital audio

RSS—Really Simple Syndication; A format for storing online information in a way that makes that information
readable by lots of different kinds of software. Many blogs and Websites feature RSS feeds: a constantly
updated version of the site's latest content, in a form that can be read by a newsreader or aggregator.

Second Life—An Internet-based virtual world launched in 2003, which users can access via a downloadable
client program called the Second Life Viewer. It enables its users to interact with each other through motional
avatars, providing an advanced level of social networking, and residents can explore, meet other users,
socialize, participate in individual and group activities, and create and trade items (virtual property) and services
with one another.

Semantic Web—An evolving extension of the World Wide Web in which web content can be expressed not
only in natural language, but also in a format that can be read and used by software agents, thus permitting them
to find, share and integrate information more easily.
SMS—Short Message Service; a platform for sending short text messages of no more than 160 characters
between mobile telephony devices such as cell phones.

Social Bookmarking—The collaborative equivalent of storing favorites or bookmarks within a web browser,
social bookmarking services let people store their favorite websites online. Social bookmarking services also let
people share their favorite websites with other people, making them a great way to discover new sites or
colleagues who share your interests.

Social Networking—Social networking sites help people discover new friends or colleagues by illuminating
shared interests, related skills, or a common geographic location. Leading examples include Facebook and
Tags—Keywords that describe the content of a website, bookmark, photo or blog post. You can assign multiple
tags to the same online resource, and different people can assign different tags to the same resource. Tag-
enabled web services include social bookmarking sites (such as, photo sharing sites (like Flickr) and
blog tracking sites (like Technorati). Tags provide a useful way of organizing, retrieving and discovering

Technorati—A site that provides a search engine specifically for blog content, relying on social bookmarking
and tagging to promote popular items to the site's front page.

Thumbcast—The mobile delivery of text, picture, audio, or video content via SMS, MMS, or other mobile
distribution mechanism.

Twitter—A free social networking and moblogging service that allows users to send "updates" (or "tweets";
text-based posts, up to 140 characters long) to the Twitter website, via SMS, instant messaging, or a third-party

Videocast—A version of a podcast in which video content, rather than audio content, is broadcast.

VoIP—Voice over Internet Protocol; a protocol optimized for the transmission of voice through the Internet or
other packet switched networks. VOIP is increasingly taking the place of traditional land-line telephony

Voting/Polling—An electronic means for gathering data on users' opinions or ratings of various items. This
data is often aggregated into overall ratings.

Web 2.0—A trend in web design and development towards a second generation of web-based communities and
hosted services, which aim to facilitate creativity, collaboration, and sharing between users. These interactions
generate content that is published, managed and used by these communities and the general public.

Wiki—A collaboratively edited web page. The best known example is Wikipedia, an encyclopedia that anyone
in the world can help to write or update. Wikis are frequently used to allow people to write a document together,
or to share reference material that lets colleagues or even members of the public contribute content.

Wikipedia—A free online encyclopedia created, edited, and maintained by users in a collaborative fashion.

YouTube—A video sharing website where users can upload, view, share, and comment and vote on video

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