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Technology Terms and Definitions

Where is the "blogosphere?" What is a wiki anyway? As technology continues to advance, new terms and concepts are created each day.

Blog – space for a single user or small group of users to post text, video, etc. for users to comment. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (artlog), photographs (photoblog), sketches (sketchblog), videos (vlog), music (MP3 blog), audio (podcasting, and others. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

Blogosphere - a term used to describe all of the blogs available on the internet.

Cyberbullying - "Cyberbullying" is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones.

Tech Policy boxFacebook - Facebook is a social media platform that launched in 2004. It is the most used social media network on the Internet. (www.facebook.com)

Following/Followers: People whose posts you follow on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and other social networks.

Friends: Individuals and organizations you connect to your social networking profile. You control who becomes your “friend.” Friend is also used as a verb.

Hashtag - (on social media sites such as Twitter) a word or phrase preceded by a hash or pound sign (#) and used to identify messages on a specific topic.

Podcast – Audio recording that can be played on a website or downloaded for use on a personal media player (iPod, etc.)

Profile: Your profile represents YOU on a social networking site. Profiles display information you post about yourself and messages people post for you, on your page. If you create a social media profile, make sure all of the material posted on your page is information you would be comfortable sharing with almost anyone.

Social media networks - A social media network allows users to share information with others. Most services have both websites and mobile apps, and provide a variety of ways for users to interact, such as tagging and messaging services. (ex: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Friendster, Snapchat, Instagram, etc, etc.). Social networks allow you to create a "profile" you can share with others. 

Status update: Social networking users can talk about what’s on their minds at a given time. These status updates can include links.

Tagging: When users post photographs, videos, links, comments, and other content on social media, they “tag” others to identify them or alert them to the content

Texting - sending messages between two cell phones. Texting also can include digital photos or video.

Twitter - Twitter is a social media service that allows its users to send and read other users' updates (otherwise known as tweets), which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length. Posts can include links to other websites. Twitter also uses programs that allow users to link to photos.

Tweet: A message sent via Twitter.

Videocast – video recording of an event/speaker broadcast online through a media player or YouTube.

Wiki – a collection of webpages where a large group of users can add and modify content (ex: Wikipedia). Think group writing on the web.

YouTube - YouTube is a video sharing website where users can upload, view and share video clips. www.youtube.com 



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