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You have made the decision to start blogging, but you don’t understand many of the terms associated with blogs and blogging. Here are a few terms you should know:

  • Blog. A website used to post content in the form of a weblog, personal diary, or online journal.
  • Blogger. A person who posts content to a blog.
  • Blogosphere. Refers to all the blogs on the Web. Anybody who is blogging is part of the blogosphere. According to Technorati, the online blogging search engine, more than 184 million people were blogging in 2008.
  • Blogroll. A list of links posted on a blog to other admired and recommended blogs.
  • Citizen Journalism. A form of user generated content that Web users create with press tools to share news and information. Wikipedia defines citizen journalism as, the act of citizens “playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing and disseminating news and information.” Citizen Journalism is a specific form of citizen media as well as user generated content.”
  • Comment. Refers to any opinions published on the blog by anyone who responds to a post.
  • Domain Name. Refers to the name of the blog.
  • Micro blogging. A type of blogging in which the blogger is able to send only short text messages, photos and audio clips. Example: Twitter & www.twitter.com
  • Post. Means to write content to a blog, usually text information that can be read by anybody who visits the blog.
  • Social bookmarking. Allows Internet users to store, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of recommended Web pages. Two popular tools are www.delicious.com and www.digg.com .
  • Social Media. Describes the Web tools that people use to share content, profiles, opinions, insights, experiences, perspectives and media itself, thus facilitating conversations and interaction online between groups of people. These tools include blogs, podcast, Webcasts, micro blogs, social bookmarking, social networking networks, wikis, and video blogs.
  • Web 2.O. Refers to the dawn of the new Web that emerged after the dot.com crash in 2000. It includes social networking, wikis, micro blogging, user generated content, Webcasts, podcasts. Examples of Web 2.0 are www.flickr.com, www.facebook.com, and www.youtube.com .
  • User generated content (UGC). Any type of content, such as text, audio, and vide, created and published by web users who are not part of the mainstream media. Examples include blogging, podcasts, webcasts, photos, wikis, and video clips.
  • Widget. Refers to a third-party application that the user can embed on a blog or other social media tool, such as www.facebook.com .
  • Technorati. The most popular blog search engine. To find out more, visit www.technorati.com
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1 Comment

  1. dess says:

    Thanks for sharing

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