For those of you that are learning how to use various social-media applications, this glossary of terms should help. If you have additions, please send them as comments and I will add them. And if you know of a reference website that is good, please share it.
Social Media – The publishing of content to the web that enables interaction with one another through photos, audio, blogs, podcasts, micro blogs, videos and a host of other formats and platforms.
Social Media Groups – These are special-interest communities within social media networks. Almost anyone can set one up, and often, there are rules of engagement designated by the creator.
Social Media Networks – These are large sites comprised of many communities. Generally, these communities of people have similar interests. Social media networks provide a “virtual” place for people to communicate and share information and content online.
Facebook – Grown from a Harvard student-based group to millions of individuals with diverse interests.
MySpace – A community that was developed for people at large and has taken on a persona that meets the needs of individuals with more specific interests.
LinkedIn – A professional online community used primarily to network with professionals in areas of similar interest. LinkedIn has gained enormous popularity and is one of my personal favorites.
Google’s Buzz – Just released by Google and the new kid on the block. I’m not sure just how many social networks anyone can join or whether The Buzz will take down the other, more established networks. If you have joined or want to provide your insight, please send in your comments.
Friendfeed – More of a service used to pull in social media content from Twitter, Flickr and YouTube, to be shared amongst friends that subscribe to Friendfeed. It worked so well with Facebook that that company, in August, 2009, acquired it, setting the blogosphere on fire with “Facebook Really Owns You” rampantly running through it.
YouTube – An online site for posting videos. Many blogs use YouTube content – YouTube has established its own community where you can rate videos and store your favorites.
Flickr – A photo-sharing community much like YouTube for photographs. Originally started as a repository for images you wanted to store without taking up mega-space on your computer.
Social Networking – Just a few years ago, social networking was meeting with like-minded people in a physical space – for business or social interests. Today, we use the term for connecting, networking and communicating with like-minded people or just individuals using web technology.
Read Jai’s Online Glossary blog post.