Common Social Media Terms
Blogosphere – is the term used to describe the totality of blogs on the Internet, and the conversations taking place within that sphere.
Chat – Chat can refer to any kind of communication over the Internet, but traditionally refers to one-to-one communication through a text-based chat application commonly referred to as instant messaging applications.
Comment – A comment is a response that is often provided as an answer of reaction to a blog post or message on a social network. Comments are a primary form of two-way communication on the social web.
Direct Message (DM) – Also called a DM and most recently called simply a “message,” these Tweets are private between only the sender and recipient. Tweets become DMs when they begin with “d username” to specify who the message is for.
FF – #FF stands for “Follow Friday.” Twitter users often suggest who others should follow on Fridays by tweeting with the hashtag #FF.
Follow – To follow someone on Twitter means to subscribe to their Tweets or updates on the site. You can also follow people on Pinterest, Instagram and some of the other social networks.
Hashtag – A hashtag is a tag used on the social network Twitter as a way to annotate a message. A hashtag is a word or phrase preceded by a “#”. Example: #yourhashtag. Hashtags are commonly used to show that a tweet, a Twitter message, is related to an event or conference.
Instant Messaging – Instant messaging (IM) is a form of real-time direct text-based communication between two or more people. More advanced instant messaging software clients also allow enhanced modes of communication, such as live voice or video calling.
Like – A “Like” is an action that can be made by a Facebook user. Instead of writing a comment for a message or a status update, a Facebook user can click the “Like” button as a quick way to show approval and share the message. Like is also used to describe someone who “likes” your business page. Formally known as a Facebook Fan.
Mention – Mentioning another user in your Tweet by including the @ sign followed directly by their username is called a “mention”. Also refers to Tweets in which your username was included.
Podcast – A podcast, or non-streamed webcast, is a series of digital media files, either audio or video, that are released episodically and often downloaded through an RSS feed..
Retweet (RT) – To retweet, retweeting, retweeted. The act of forwarding another user’s Tweet to all of your followers.
Search Engine Optimization – Search Engine Optimization is the process of improving the volume or quality of traffic to a website from search engines via unpaid or organic search traffic.
SMS – Short Message Service (SMS) is most commonly known as text messaging. Most messages are a maximum of 140 characters
Social Media – Social media is media designed to be disseminated through social interaction, created using highly accessible and scalable publishing techniques.
Tag Cloud – A tag cloud is a visual depiction of user-generated tags, or simply the word content of a site, typically used to describe the content of web sites.
Tweetup – A Tweetup is an organized or impromptu gathering of people that use Twitter.