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Questionable Definitions

I have attempted to put together a cursory glossary of terms associated with computer mediated communication. This list is not definitive but it offers help to newcomers to social software.


Blog (or Weblog) -- a blog is basically an online journal that is available on the Web. The activity of updating a blog is "blogging" and someone who keeps a blog is a "blogger." Blogs are typically updated daily using software that allows people with little or no technical background to update and maintain the journal. Blog content ranges from news and information, personal reflections, and political commentary.

Folksonomy -- an informal means of categorizing information on the web (often referred to as "tags" or "tagging"). Examples of web services that use folksonomies or tags include those designed to allow users to publish and share photographs, personal libraries, bookmarks, which allows authors to assign categories to each entry.

RSS - Really Simple Syndication -- it is an alternative means of accessing the vast amount of information that now exists on the world wide web. Instead of the user browsing websites for information of interest, the information is sent directly to the user.


Tags or tagging

Social Bookmarking --

Instant Messaging --

Internet Forum --

Wiki --


Peer-to-Peer (P2P)




World Wide Web --



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