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15 Things Glossary

Blog – a web site, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order.

Blogroll – a collection of favourites or bookmarks identified by the blogger

Bundle – refers to a group of bookmarks on Delicious which are grouped under a common topic, defined by the user

Categories– organisational terms by which a blog can operate – enables easy searching of terms on which the blog is based, to collect together like-posts

Cloud vs List (in Delicious) –a cloud displays tags based on their frequency of use – the larger the size the more frequently a term has been used. A list is just that, and includes a number indicating the number of bookmarks associated with that tag.

Creative Commons (CC) is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share. This allows the Web 2.0 creator the ability to use images, videos etc. from others (with appropriate acknowledgement.) Source: wikipedia

Delicious – tool which allows you to collect, share and access your favourite bookmarks online from any computer

Feed – often refers to a snippet of information that is fed to your computer or Feed Reader when a favourite website is updated. Requires subscription and RSS steup.

Feed Reader – tool which enables you to use RSS feeds from websites which are updated – e.g. Google Redaer or Internet Explorer Feeds button.

Flickr – photo sharing website

FlickrCC – photosharing website which details Creative Commons rights for easy searching, editing and use.

Folksonomy – collaborative creation and use of tags, to support community access to information e.g. bookmarks on Delicious

LibraryThing – website where you can list a collection of books (those you own or have read or want organised), share what others think of these books, and obtain recommendations from a whole world network of readers.

Moderation – This is where the administrator of the blog can approve, edit or delete comments to a blog. It allows you to control spam, and offensive or inappropriate comments to your blog.

Post vs Page –most often a post is the entry which is replaced regularly on a blog, appearing in reverse chronological order from the top of the blog site. A page is usually for more static information which may nly be edited occasionally, if at all.

RSS– stands for ‘Really Simple Syndication’ or ‘Rich Site Summary’, and refers to a program which collects information from a regularly updated site such as a blog, wiki or news web site. It delivers updates of favourite web sites to the subscriber.

Social networking websites –enable sharing of information among online communities with similar interests (e.g. MySpace, Facebook, Second Life)

Tagging – providing keywords for a collection of information to allow it to be found easily by the user (tagger) and others

Widget– is a piece of computer code which allows you to vary the look and action of a blog, enabling customisation to suit your needs. You can add different components like text boxes, RSS feeds, automatic updates from Delicious and other services. In Edublogs it is just a matter of Drag-and-Drop.

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4 comments on “15 Things Glossary

  1. Thanks for this list of web 2.0 terms – it is very helpful to have some definitions to refer back to when learning about these tools.

  2. As the program goes on, there may be more to be added here. Or if there is a term which is unclear, queries are also welcome in the comments.

  3. Thanks for this, Linda. I still feel a little lost with the extent of the new vocabulary, but am determined to conquer it. I have tried to get onto Flickr in the past, but found it very confusing to access…hope to learn.

    (Determination may just be the key!! Linda)

  4. Now I am able to go beyond just nodding wisely and hoping people will think I know what they are talking about when they rattle of these terms. Thanks

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