Glossary of Web 2.0 Terms


Web 2.0 Pocket Dictionary
By Compiled by Susan McLester
April 20, 2007
URL: http://www.techlearning.com/showArticle.php?articleID=196604383
from Technology & Learning

Aggregator:
presents feeds from multiple authors and content types (blogs, wikis, podcasts, Flickr, and del.icio.us) all in a single location for ease of processing.

Blog:
Web log or chronological online personal journal with reflections, comments and often links to other Web sites produced by the writer. Others may subscribe to a person's blog, which allows them to read it and write comments in response.

Folksonomy:
a user-generated taxonomy used to categorize and retrieve Web pages, photographs, Web links and other Web content using open-ended labels called tags.

Photoblog:
(or photolog): a form of photo sharing and publishing in the format of a blog, but differentiated by the predominant use of and focus on photographs rather than text. Photoblogging (the action of posting photos to a photoblog) gained momentum in the early 2000s with the advent of cameraphones.

Podcast:
a syndicated audio (or video) program produced either by traditional media, such as radio and television, or by individuals, including educators, hobbyists, students, or other enthusiasts passionate about a topic.

Podscript:
A word I made up the other day. It's the notes from podcasts, not quite a transcript.


RSS: (Really Simple Syndication):
a format for aggregating Web content in one place.

Social bookmarking:
a Web-based service where shared lists of user-created Internet bookmarks are displayed. These bookmarking sites are a popular way to locate, classify, rank, and share Internet resources.

Skyping:
chatting or phoning by using a free downloadable computer program that allows you to communicate with anyone who is also using Skype or any of the numerous peer-to-peer telephony technologies.

Social Calendar:
an online schedule that allows more than one user to read and enter data.

Video Podcast: (sometimes shortened to vidcast or vodcast):
a term used for the online delivery of video on demand clip content via Atomic or RSS enclosures.

Vlog: (short for video blog):
a term used to describe a blog that includes or consists of video clips. Typically updated daily (or with regular frequency), vlogs often reflect the personality or cause of the author. Also called vog.

Web 3D:
a general term for programs that provide a system for the storage, retrieval, and playback of real-time graphics content embedded in applications, all within an open architecture to support a wide array of domains and user scenarios.

Widget:
a generic term for the part of a graphical user interface that allows the user to interface with the application and operating system. Widgets display information and invite the user to act in a number of ways. Typical widgets include buttons, dialog boxes, pop-up windows, pull-down menus, icons, scroll bars, resizable window edges, progress indicators, selection boxes, windows, tear-off menus, menu bars, toggle switches and forms.

Wiki:
a type of Web site that allows visitors to easily add, remove, or otherwise edit and change some available content.



Definitions courtesy of wikipedia webomedia.com, and David Warlick in "A Day in the Life of Web 2.0," October 2006 Technology & Learning