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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.


HTTP -- the Hypertext Transfer Protocol is the set of rules for exchanging files (text, graphic images, sound, video, and other multimedia files) on the World Wide Web.

HTML -- short for HyperText Markup Language, the authoring language used to create documents on the World Wide Web.

Hyperlink -- the text or elements you find on a Web site which can be "clicked on" with a mouse, which in turn will take you to another Web page or a different area of the same Web page.


Hypermedia -- a document that can include text, images, sound and/or motion and that may provide links to other media or documents.


Hypertext -- textual data that is "linked" across multiple documents or locations.


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.


Social Bookmarking -- a way to locate, classify, rank, and share Internet resources through the use of shared lists of user-created Internet bookmark lists.


Tags or tagging -- a means of categorization using freely chosen keywords that function as descriptors that individuals assign to web objects or web postings.


Wiki -- A website or online resource which allows users to add and edit content collectively.


World Wide Web or WWW -- A network of servers linked together by a common protocol, allowing access to millions of hypertext resources.


Instant Messaging --

Internet Forum --



Peer-to-Peer (P2P)






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