The Social Media Bible: Words Or Phrases That Now Rule Our Lives

Social media wordcloud Things change fast on the world wide web. New applications launch every day, and existing applications continue to evolve and add new features. New words are created, some stick, some don't. It is a noisy world out there, and whether we like it or not, social media now rules our lives. Where would we all be without the @ and the #. Here is one big long list of words that rule the worldwide wide web, especially social media. If we've missed any out, let us know by commenting on the blog, tweeting us on Twitter or messaging us on Facebook..... this could go on for a while.   App (Application) - Apps are available through a web browser or through your smartphones/tablet computers. The term "app" is a shortening of the term "application software". It has become very popular and in 2010 was listed as "Word of the Year". There is an "app" for everything, which you can download from the "App Stores". Avatar - No, not the film (although the film is amazing and is often talked about on social media). An avatar in social media terms is an image or username that represents a person online within forums and social networks. Blog - Blog is a word that was created from two words: “web log.” Blogs are usually maintained by an individual or a business with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Bookmarking - Bookmarking online follows the same idea of placing a bookmark in a physical publication - you're simply marking something you found important, enjoyed, or where you left off to continue reading later.

Chat - Chat can refer to any kind of communication over the internet but traditionally refers to one-to-one or group communication through a text-based chat application commonly referred to as instant messaging.

Circles - Circles are clusters of a user's friends on Google+, meaning you can group certain people you choose to connect with on your Google+ into a certain Circle - such as colleagues, college connections, family, etc. When you want to share content with only these individuals, you include that specific Circle in your post's sharing options.

Comment - Commenting is what brands want you to do to increase interaction and start a conversation.

Connections - The LinkedIn equivalent of a Facebook 'friend' is a 'connection.' Because LinkedIn is a social networking site, the people you are connecting with are not necessarily people you are friends with, but rather you met in brief, heard speak, or know through another connection.

Content - Content is king! All social media resolves around good content, if you've not got good content, you're not going to gain interaction or followers very quickly.

Ebook - An ebook is an electronic version of a printed book. However, most ebooks are not actually available in print (unless you print them). These are typically published in PDF form.

Email - Electronic mail, allowing you to exchange digital messages to one or more people in seconds.

Engage - Social media as a brand is all about engaging with your customers. It is a form of content that creates interaction, the more engaging your content, the more interaction your profile(s) will receive.

Facebook - Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study, and live around them. Facebook is the largest social network in the world with millions and millions of users.

Flickr - Flickr is a social network based around online picture sharing. The service allows users to store photos online and then share them with others through profiles, groups, sets, and other methods.

Filter - In photography and videography, a filter is a camera accessory consisting of an optical filter that can be inserted in the optical path. The filter can be a square or oblong shape mounted in a holder accessory, or, more commonly, a glass or plastic disk with a metal or plastic ring frame, which can be screwed in front of or clipped onto the lens. On Instagram, a filter allows you to modify or edit the quality of your photo by allowing you to chose different filters on your photos. (See #NoFilter).

Favourite - Favouriting a tweet is like giving some a like on Facebook, the little gold star simple takes you back to your days at school when you did something good.

#FF - Follow friday is a trend via the hashtag #ff every Friday on Twitter. Users select other usernames and tweet them with #ff in their post, meaning they recommend following those Twitter users. People tweet at their favourite brands, colleagues, celebrities - you name it! (It can also mean Fantasy Football, if you're a sports fan, people are very protective over their teams!).

Friends - No, not your pals you play poker with on the weekends. We're talking Facebook friends. These are individuals you consider to be friendly enough with you to see your Facebook profile and engage with you. There is probably 10% of your "Facebook friends" who you have never met or intend to meet.

Follow - Following someone sounds quite stalkerish, so make sure if you say you're following someone in a conversation between friends you say its on Twitter or Instagram. Following a profile on Twitter allows you to see their updates, if they follow you back, you can direct message each other. Also refers to 'following' or 'followed'.

Hangout - A Hangout is a video service on Google+ that allows you to video chat with up to 10 Google+ users are one time. You can name these chats, watch YouTube videos during them, open a Google Doc with colleagues, and much more.

Hashtag - A hashtag is a tag used on the social network Twitter as a way to annotate a message, it has also annoying crept on to Facebook over the last year. 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, online or offline. Hashtags have become a way of branding, you can join in with TV shows, films and see what strangers across the world think by simply searching for the #hashtag in the search bar.

Insights - Insights is a popular term on Facebook. When managing a page, monitoring your insights and knowing what they mean is important, your insights allow you see who is interacting with you and what times.

Instagram - Instagram is a photo sharing application that lets users take photos, apply filters to their images, and share the photos instantly on the Instagram network and other social networks like Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and Foursquare. The app is targeted toward mobile social sharing and interacting with others. It has recently been bought by Facebook and is seen as another communication device through photography.

Interaction - Success in social media is measured by "interaction". Interaction comes in many forms, comments, retweets, likes and shares, all of these key words count as a form of interaction in social media.

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.

LinkedIn - LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking site. Founded in December 2002 and launched in May 2003, it is mainly used for professional networking. As of June 2010, LinkedIn had more than 70 million registered users, spanning more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. (See 6. Connection).

LOL - LOL comes from the days of MSN messenger and has stuck with the teenage generation. Lol is a short hand for 'laugh out loud', as in laughing at something funny. In recent times, the word as evolved to 'Lol'd. Eg - I actually just LOL'd, which in English as in 'I actually just laughed out loud'.

Meme - A meme on the internet is used to describe a thought, idea, joke, or concept to be shared online. It is typically an image with text above and below it, but can also come in video and link form.

News Feed - A news feed is literally a feed full of news, think of it as a digital newspaper that continuously updates. On Facebook, the News Feed is the homepage of users' accounts where they can see all the latest updates from their friends. The news feed on Twitter is called Timeline (not to get confused with Facebook's new look, also called Timeline).

#NoFilter - Hashtag No Filter comes from Instagram and the growth of the photography based social media site. Instagram allows you to choose filters that can improve your photos. No Filter indicates a natural photo, that hasn't been edited or "photoshopped". If you search #NoFilter, you'll often find teenage girls posting a #selfie with #nomakeup.

Pin - The term "pin" has evolved from Pinterest, a social networking site that allows users to create theme based image collections. To post something, you simply "pin" this item to the board of your choice. You can also "Re-pin" from the "Pin-board". The Pinterest version of a Facebook newsfeed.

Pinterest - Pinterest is a pinboard-style photo-sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, and hobbies. Users can browse other pinboards for images, "re-pin" images to their own pin boards, or "like" photos.

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 - A retweet is when someone on Twitter sees your message and decides to re-share it with his/her followers. A retweet button allows them to quickly resend the message with attribution to the original sharer's name.

Really Simple Syndication (RSS) - RSS is a family of  web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blogs and videos in a standardised format. Content publishers can syndicate a feed, which allows users to subscribe to the content and read it when they please, and from a location other than the website.

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) - Search engine optimisation is the process of improving the volume or quality of traffic to a website from search engines via unpaid or organic search traffic. It is often shortened to SEO, to save time and saying the word Optimisation.

Selfie - The word selfie has took over social networks and in 2013 was named 'Word of the Year' and added to the English dictionary. The word selfie comes from self shot, describing a pose when taking a photo yourself. It has become even more popular with the growth of Instagram.

Share - Sharing is caring, right? With the take over of brands on our Facebook newsfeed the word share has become a common word in our vocabulary both online and off. Sharing is the Facebook version of a retweet, it increases the reach of a post from a brand, or allows people on your newsfeed to see something they may be interested in.

Skype - Skype is a free program that allows for text, audio, and video chats between users. Additionally, users can purchase plans to receive phone calls through their Skype account.

Snapchat - Snapchat is the latest craze in social media. The mobile only app allows you to send photos or videos to your friends (and strangers) that disappear after 1-10 seconds. Last year, Facebook had a multi-billion dollar offer turned down for the app.

Snapchat Story - The idea is that users can kind of tell a story about their entire day through Stories. It's supposed to be used to give friends a brief look at what interesting things a friend has done in the past 24 hours.

Subscribe - The definition of subscribe is to "arrange to receive something, typically a publication, regularly by paying in advance". Companies want you to subscribe to monthly or yearly subscriptions to keep up to date with their products. You can also subscribe to a newsletter or to a YouTube channel.

Tag - Tag or Tig is a game we all used to play on the playground at school while running around high on Coca-Cola and sugar. Tag on Facebook is exactly the same as a mention on Twitter, you tag people in status and status' to identify them. Also refers to '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.

Tumblr - Tumblr is a microblogging platform and social networking website founded by David Karp and owned by Yahoo! Inc. The service allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog.

Tweet - Tweet tweet tweet. It's not just birds that are tweeting. A tweet is an online posting, created by a Twitter user. The purpose of each tweet is to answer the question, "What are you doing?" However, tweets can contain any information you want to post, such as your plans for the weekend, your thoughts about a TV show, or even notes from a lecture. Tweets are limited to 140 characters, so choose your words and hashtags carefully.

Twitter - Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables users to send and read "tweets", which are text messages limited to 140 characters.

Vine - The 6 second video app that changed the world. Vine was bought by Twitter in 2013, and resembles Twitter and Instagram (now it installed video). The videos continue in a looping fashion (unlike Snapchat that disappears) and only record when you hold down the record button. Vine has been quickly picked up by journalists and brands, there are even Facebook groups with millions of likes that showcase the best vines from the app.

YouTube - YouTube is a video-sharing website, created by three former PayPal employees in February 2005 and owned by Google since late 2006, on which users can upload, view and share videos.

What ever happened to a pen & paper ay..... 

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