List of vocabulary words related with social media – thank you my classmates. A to Z.


Avatar – a graphic that represents a person on the internet

Aggregation – the process of gathering and remixing content from blogs and other websites that provide RSS feeds

App – I’m a little embarassed to say I didn’t fully understand this one but while static pages that run within web browsers are called websites, dynamic pages that require input from the user in order to run a set of events are called apps. Apps can run in a browser or on a smart phone os (like android or iphone).


Blogroll –  a (normally sidebar) list of blogs on a person’s site that they regularly read and recommend.

Blogroll (noun) – The list that you will see on most blogs of blogs that the writer has affiliated themselves with by following them, or by reccomending them depending on the website. A good chunk of the time, if a person is on somebody’s blogroll, that somebody is on their blogroll as well. – My understanding of is that it is basically a free URL shortening service that allows long URL’s to be abbreviated. It is popularly used on Social Media sites especially Twitter.


Crowdsourcing – Trying to find a way of completing a task, a solution to a problem, etc. by asking a wide range of people or organisations if they can help, typically by using the Internet.

Crowdsourcing – finding an answering within a bigger community on the internet.

Cloud Computing – running a network from one main server (the cloud) that allows data to be accessed from any computer terminal/device with access to the Internet, for example GMail and other email services.

Content – dialog within SNS.

Collective Intelligence – Collective Intelligence is a shared or group intelligence that emerges from the collaboration and competition of many individuals and appears in consensus decision-making in social networks.

Citizen Media (noun) – This name applies to all media (specifically journalistic media) that is created by non-journalists: those who do not do journalism as a profession. This has become more and more possible for people with access to social media.


Digg – a social news website made for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the Internet, by submitting links and stories, and voting and commenting on submitted links and stories. Voting stories up and down is the site’s cornerstone function, respectively called digging and burying.

DM – Twitter from a user standpoint was new to me when starting this class and this one I just learned last night. DM @someone sends a direct message from any twitter api client.


Engage – interact w/ others.


Findability – one’s ability to be found online (usually refers to social media sites!) 

And finally, this one I found in the interview with Owen, but I’m not sure if it counts as a social media term per se.

Folksonomy – the scientific term for “tagging”.

Forum – A discussion arena on websites which allows users to post messages or comment on existing comments. Because they tend to be in one place, they can be handled and managed by a single administrator.

Flash Mob – A flash mob is a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and pointless act for a brief time, then quickly disperse. The term flash mob is generally applied only to gatherings organized via telecommunications, social media, or viral emails.

Fan– someone who likes an artist, designer, or athlete’s page and profile.


GIF (graphical interchange format) — one of several formats used to present images (pictures) over the Internet.


Hyper Link – a hyperlink (or link) is a reference to a document that the reader can directly follow, or that is followed automatically.


Invite (Evite)- To send an invitation to a special event through email or networking site.




Live Streaming – broadcasting live over the internet 
Lurker (I came across this in a discussion about LinkedIn pros and cons) – someone who watches the discussions on social networks but doesn’t participate.


Mailing list – An E-mail-based discussion forum dedicated to a topic of interest. An interested Internet user can subscribe to a mailing list by sending an e-mail message that contains appropriate instructions to a specific e-mail address. The computer that houses the mailing list program maintains a list of subscribers and routes all posted messages to subscribers’ electronic mailboxes. Mailing lists are either publicly and privately maintained, and can either be moderated or unmoderated.

Mapping – Mapping allows you to see who you are connected to via some major important people. This type of network is important for those who are looking to create a network or an online community. Using mapping, owners will be able to use people who are major connectors and draw more people into their community.

MicroBlogging – a term used to describe very small blogs, this applies to twitter and foursquare but as an adapted term can apply to tumblr (see next term).

MoBlog – Mobile Blogging, easy to stay connected on the go.

MisTweet – Regrettable Tweets after the fact.


Newsreader- a website or desktop tool that act as an aggregator, gathering content from blogs and similar sites using RSS feeds so you can read the content in one place, instead of having to visit different sites.



Peer-to-Peer (p2p) – when two people interact directly.

Peer support – occurs when people provide knowledge, experience, emotional, social or practical help to each other. It commonly refers to an initiative consisting of trained supporters, and can take a number of forms such as Peer mentoring, listening, or counseling. Peer support is also used to refer to initiatives where colleagues, members of self help organizations and others meet as equals to give each other support on a reciprocal basis.

Profile page – a page that hosts general & personal information about a person or organization.

Podcast- is a series of digital media files (either audio or video) that are released episodically and often downloaded through web syndication.


Quora – I try to keep up on the latest of sites but this one had slipped right past me until this class.


RT or ReTweet – When someone re-posts your tweet.

RSS (really simple syndication) – subscribing to contents on blogs and then having them delivered through a feed (i.e update through e-mail).

Robust – rich in content.


SMO – Social media optimization.

Synchronous – communication in real time (i.e. chatting).

Search analytics – the analysis and aggregation of search engine statistics for use in search engine marketing (SEM) and search engine optimization (SEO). In other words, search analytics helps website owners understand and improve their performance on search engines. Search analytics includes search volume trends and analysis, reverse searching (entering websites to see their keywords), keyword monitoring, search result and advertisement

Scribd – This tool converts PDF and Word files into a web document that can be viewed and shared online.

Stream – Streaming media is multimedia that is constantly received by and presented to an end-user while being delivered by a streaming provider.

Social Media – Use of web-based and/or mobile technologies to turn communication into interactive dialogue (blogs, podcasts, etc).


Tweeple/Tweep – Twitter people.

Transparency – “Keeping it real”, that is, not creating a myth about one’s online self.

Tags – A tag is basically a keyword that is associated to a blog post, a photo, a photo or any other variation of content. This is important as it allows users who type in that keyword into a search engine, to see or view your content. And since there is no actual keyword dictionary, any word can become a tag.

Trending Topic – identifies topics that are immediately popular, rather than topics that have been popular for a while or on a daily basis, to help people discover the “most breaking” news stories from across the world.

Troll (noun) – Somebody (an internet persona. This could be an ordinary person in real life) that exists solely to molest and bother people. They like to argue on the internet and post fake employment ads or even make friends on a social networking site to make entertainment out of misery. they also enjoy talking politics. Corresponds to Trolling(verb) the act of being a troll.

Tumble Log – used to describe a blog, usually a microblog, that uses stream of consciousness writing style.

Tweet – An updated message, in real time, allowing followers to know where you are, what you are doing, or what is on your mind, in 140 words or less.

Tweetsphere – Consists of tweets, tweeps, and tweeters.

TwitPic – Website used to display pictures that you want linked to your Twitter profile.

Twitterati – Those profiles/Tweets get way too many people following them.


USTREAM – a live interactive broadcast platform that enables anyone with an Internet connection and a camera to engage to stream video online.

Unfriend – To remove a ‘friend’ from your networking site (i.e. Facebook, Myspace, etc.


Viral (adj) – This is something that a piece of information can become, often in the form of a video, but can also happen to document, mp3 or hundreds of other forms. When a piece of information “goes viral” it is spread rapidly through social networking channels until it reaches fams, although it is usually not from a source that is considered to have a lot of influence usually, like a celebrity.


Widget – established applications when used inside another application, for example on WordPress there is a Twitter widget that allows one to show Tweets on their blog .

Webinar (noun) – A play on the word “seminar”, this is a live conference that takes place over the internet, sometimes in a formal setting like work or a class, and sometimes casually between friends or online aquaintances. Often it has an educational purpose of some kind.



#hashtag  – In online computer systems terminology, a tag is a non-hierarchical

@GuyKawasaki – a Social Media god, in much the same way as Matt Cutts is to SEO.





About marianabra7

I'm a brazilian publicist and journalist. I came to U.S. to study English and i have been living here for almost 8 years.
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7 Responses to List of vocabulary words related with social media – thank you my classmates. A to Z.

  1. A.S. Miller says:

    Thanks for compiling everything into a handy list!!

  2. Billy Rivera says:

    This is officially my new go-to list. Thanks for putting this together, Mariana.

  3. Very nicely done, Mariana! Thank you so much; think I’ll keep my copy updated. So nice having met you. Hope you stick around long enough for my lovely wife and I to come out and meet you one day in SF, or if not, perhaps in Brazil!

    • marianabra7 says:

      Hello Gregory,
      Thank you so much. I’m glad i helped with my post. I will be more than happy if i meet you and your wife.
      I will be here for a while… i use to say until i change my mind and go back to Brazil or go somewhere else… but, what i can say… for now, i’m here!
      have a great week.

  4. Juleen says:


  5. marianabra7 says:

    De nada. Esto fue un modelo para una clase.

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