App

(Noun) Abbreviation of ‘application’. A self-contained program or piece of software designed to fulfil a particular purpose; especially as downloaded by a user to a mobile device (tablet, ipad, phone) (noun).

“I’ve got an app for using satellite navigation on my phone”

Avatar

(Noun) A photo, graphic or image that represents you across blogs and other social-networking sites. This is not require nor used by all, and is sometimes displayed within the profile or comment sections.

Blog

  1. (Noun) Truncation of website log or weblog; An online discussion or series of articles called posts displayed on a website in reverse chronological order (newest first).
  2. (Verb)To maintain and add posts to a blog i.e.

“Blogging takes much less time than writing journal articles.”

Blogger

(Noun) Person who runs or writes for a blog. Also the name of a blog hosting web site. Rarely: weblogger.

Blogosphere

(Noun) This refers to the collective community of all blogs and bloggers on the Internet.

Bookmark

To record the address of (a website, file, etc.) to enable quick access in future (verb)

“I bookmarked the eSocSci website because I like to check for new events and scholarships”

Comments

(Noun) The opinions of your readers left in response to a blog post. This is a useful way for you to connect with your audience.

eConference

(Noun) Also: Web Conference, Webinar (Web Seminar), online workshop

Events, conferences and seminars hosted on the internet with special software and equipment allowing participants to join in remotely.

FaceBook

(Noun) Social networking website which started at Harvard University and was later expanded to include anyone. Networks are private and a user can chose whether their information (messages, photos, videos etc.) is shared with the public, with friends (other users you have selected) only or with specific sets of friends such as: “My family”, “Anthropology 101 Students”, “All Social Science Students” etc.

(Verb) To use FaceBook to send a message i.e.

“You can find more references to this on the Anthropology 101 FaceBook page and share your essay questions with the other class”

Gravatar

(Noun) Truncation of Globally Recognised Avatar. A gravatar is registered with a particular website and can then be reused on other websites. See avatar.

Hashtag #

(Noun) Used on Twitter to highlight a topic which users can then search for ie. #qmethodology. Clicking on the text following the hash tag will bring up all other entries on that subject. Also a colloquial phrase used offline i.e.

“I need an extension on my assignment! #thedogateit”

“#nicetrybutno”

Hyperlink

(Noun) Used synonymously with the word “link”, this is clickable content within a web page, a digital document (pdf) or email, that takes the user to another page, website, or within part of the same page. The text that comprises the hyperlink is referred to as the “anchor text”.

Microblogging

(Verb) Creating very short blog posts (microposts) usually limited to a short sentence and a link i.e. to a website, video or document. Microblogs, because of their brevity, are easy to share via mobile phones even those without internet-capability. The most popular microblog is Twitter.

Mixed Media

(Noun) Using several communication tools at once such as: a webinar, social media, email, phone, forums and message boards

Podcast

(Noun) Contraction of “iPod” and “broadcast” (but not for iPods only). Posting digitally recorded audio and video material on a blog.

(Verb) podcasting.

“I listened to an interesting podcast interview on ‘Child Poverty in New Zealand’ on the eSocSci blog”

Post

(Noun) An article or entry written and added (published) to a blog.

(Verb) To publish a written article (post) onto a blog i.e.

“You should also refer to the presentation I gave at the Sustainability Conference yesterday which I’ve posted on my blog”

Subscribe

(Verb) To receive email updates of a blog i.e.

“I subscribed to the eSocSci blog because I don’t want to miss a single post”

Social Media

(Noun) Websites and applications that enable users to create and share content (documents, videos, images etc.) or to participate in social networking. Social media websites have themes based around the audience or method of sharing ie. YouTube is a video sharing website, MySapce was primarily created for artists and musicians, LinkedIn is aimed at job hunters, head hunters and business owners and Pinterest is a space for sharing creative ideas.

Twitter

Microblogging social media website that allows users to send 140 character messages including website links, images, videos etc.

Tweet

  1. A message sent on Twitter (noun)
  2. To send a message on Twitter (verb)

“I’ve tweeted the YouTube link for the video of my presentation at the conference – please watch this before Thursday’s lecture”

Webinar

See eConference.

YouTube

Social media website where videos can be shared publically or privately.

Weblog

The unshortened version of ‘blog’. See blog.