AJAX: An acronym (Asynchronous Java Script and XML) representing a way to create real-time Web applications.
Anonoblog: A blog site authored by a person or persons who don't publish their name.
Archives: Most often an index page, often organizing posts or entries by either category or date
Atom: A popular feed format used for syndicating content.
Avatar: A graphical image or likeness that replaces a photo of the author of the content on a blog.
Blogosphere: Term referring to the entire body of work online encompassed by the millions of blogs.
Blog Roll: The list that a blogger puts on his/her own blog indicating which other blogs he/she is reading regularly, and linking out to those blogs.
Dashboard: The administration area on your blog software that allows you to post, check traffic, upload files, manage comments, etc.
Delicious: A social bookmarking site and a property of Yahoo! Allows users to quickly store, organize (by tags) and share favorite web pages. You can also subscribe to RSS feeds of other users and share a page specifically with another user
Digg: Digg is a website for people to discover, share and recommend content from anywhere on the web. (People’s vote means they ‘dugg’ something.)
Domain Name: The identifying name of an internet site. The domain name of my site is "www.prosocialmedia.com"
Drupal: A popular, open-source software for creating websites and blogs.
Ecosystem: A community and their environment functioning as a whole. The blogosphere can be viewed as an ecosystem.
Ecto: A stand-alone publishing application, allowing users to compose posts offline.
Edublog: A blog site focused on education, be it teacher, administrator, consultant or student.
EFF: The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the leading civil liberties group defending your rights in the digital world.
Entry: An individual post or article published on a blog. Each of these entries, while appearing in an index, are also web pages unto themselves.
Event Blog: A blog specifically launched as a companion to an event
Feed: The RSS or Atom feeds used by news aggregators (aka feed readers).
FeedBlitz: An RSS service that makes it easy for those addicted to email.
FeedBurner: Feed Burner is a ‘must-have’ Google company/tool allowing web sites, blogs and podcasts to "burn" content into a simple way for readers to subscribe, including email.
Feed Reader: Aka RSS feed reader, news reader. An aggregator of content, subscribed to by the user, so that specific content or search results arrives in their "reader". Among the popular (and free) tools are Great News, Feed Demon and Google Reader.
Flog: A fake blog, such as one that a company puts up and either pays the blogger(s) to write positive stuff, or the company posts under a fake persona, posing as “happy customers” of said company.
HTML: The acronym for HyperText Markup Language. The coding language used to create and link together documents and files on the World Wide Web. The code is embedded in and around text and multimedia files in order to define layout, font, colors, and graphics.
Haloscan: A free, easy to use commenting, ratings and trackback service for websites, allowing visitors to leave instant feedback. Popular on Blogger sites.
Hyperlink: A navigational reference to another document or page on the World Wide Web.
Joomla: A popular, open-source software for creating websites and blogs.
MicroBlogging: A form of blogging allowing users to compose brief text updates and publish them. These messages can be submitted and received by a variety of means and devices, including text messaging, instant messaging, email, mobile device, MP3 or the web. Twitter anyone?
Moblogs: A blog published directly to the web from a phone or other mobile device.
News Aggregator: A web-based tool or desktop application that collects syndicated content
NewsGator: An RSS company that provides us with FeedDemon, NetNewsWire, its own web-based feed reader and powers the feeds in Microsoft Outlook.
Post: An individual article, or entry, published on a blog. Each post, while appearing in an index, is also a web page unto itself.
RSS is short for Really Simple Syndication. This allows you to subscribe to content on blogs and other social media and have it delivered to you through a feed
SEO: Search Engine Optimization - a collection of best practices, including web architecture, design, writing and coding - that enables a website to reach Page 1 of the Google search results for targeted keywords.
SMO: Acronym for Social Media Optimization – a collection of best practices to make sure your digital assets (photos, videos, e-docs, links) are found online by submitting them to social sharing sites.
Spambot: Automated software robots that post spam on a blog
Social Media: The tool set (including blogs) that everyone can use to publish content to the web. This can include audio, video, photos, text, files, just about anything. These days, everyone is a content producer and distributor!
Splog: Nickname for Spam Blogs, or blogs not providing their own or real content. Sploggers use automated tools to create fake blogs full of links or scraped content from other sites in order to boost search engine results
Teleconferencing is holding a meeting without being in the same place, using a network connection and tools like Voice over IP (VoiP), instant messaging, video, and electronic whiteboards.
Threads are strands of conversation. On an email list or web forum/message board, threads are defined by messages on that same subject. On blogs, threads are less clearly defined, but emerge through comments and trackbacks.
Topic: An online discussion that is based on an idea, issue in a conversation that is made up of threads.
Twitter: A social media platform, born circa 2006, that combines instant-messaging technology with the concept of "microblogging". The second fastest-growing social media tool in 2008.
Upload: To transfer a file or other content from your computer to an Internet site.
URL: Unique Resource Locator - the technical term for a web address
Web 2.0 is a term to describe blogs, wikis, social networking sites and other Internet-based services that emphasize collaboration and sharing, rather than less interactive publishing (Web 1.0).
Widget: A custom-built web application that has a function, usually involving a data feed that shows updated content in the widget. The widget can be shared for free across social media platformslike blogs, Facebook, MySpace, etc.
Wiki: A web page - or set of pages - that can be edited collaboratively. The best known example is wikipedia, an encyclopedia created by thousands of contributors across the world. Once people have appropriate permissions - set by the wiki owner - they can create pages and/or add to and alter existing pages. Wikis are a good way for people to write a document together, instead of emailing files to and fro.
WordPress: A popular, open-source software for creating websites and blogs.