For those of you just getting acquainted with Social Media, here are some basic words and phrases you'll hear and see along the way.
Social Media: various forms of user-generated content, such as blogs, Facebook, Twitter and forums.
Post (verb): to share a piece of content with your social media network.
Post (noun): a piece of content, such as a blog entry, which is on the internet for other people to read.
Network: people that you have contact with on a social media network. On Facebook, these are also called Friends. On Twitter they are Followers. On blogs we call them Readers.
LinkedIn: an online network for professional contacts. Frequently used for referrals, business discussion groups and job searching.
Profile: a LinkedIn page dedicated to information about you and/or your organization. Information provided may include clients, purpose and more.
LinkedIn Group: a group of professionals sharing a similar interest and discussing that interest on LinkedIn. LinkedIn groups span from economic developer groups to University alumni networks.
Status update: a short statement about what you are doing, posted on LinkedIn.
Slideshare: an online network that allows you to share presentations, documents and PDFs.
Twitter: “a service for friends, family and co-workers to communicate and stay connected by answering one simple question: what are you doing?”
Tweet: one short message posted on Twitter.
Follower: a person who subscribes to and reads your Twitter tweets.
Retweet: a tweet that has been re-posted or copied by another Twitter user.
Direct Message: a message on Twitter that can only be seen by the person it was sent to.
Facebook: a social network that allows you to “connect and share with the people in your life.”
News Feed: a feature on Facebook that allows you to see what people in your network have been posting, sharing or saying.
Profile: a Facebook page dedicated to information about you and/or your organization. Information provided may include interests, business address, hometown and more.
Wall: a space on your Facebook profile/page that allows other Facebook users to send you short messages and interact with messages that you send.
Friends: other Facebook members that you have chosen to connect with on the site.
Comment: a message left in response to an already existing message.
Blog: short for “web log,” a blog is a frequently updated source of information on one or more topics. Most blogs display entries in reverse chronological order. Blogs can be personal or corporate and can be devoted to one or several topics.
Blogger: a person who writes for and maintains a blog.
Flickr: a website where you can display and store your personal or company photography.