Posted by: episystechpubs | May 30, 2014

Editor’s Corner: Social Media Vocabulary – T

It’s Friday, so let’s go back to something fairly easy—social media vocabulary. Today’s definitions for the letter “T” are from The Concept Company web page:

· Tag
Certain applications, like Facebook allow you to “tag” friends in pictures, places, videos, and in text, which places a link from the item to their profile. In Facebook, tagging a person’s face in one of your own photos will allow that person’s friends to see your photo, depending on the tagged person’s privacy settings.

· Tag Cloud
A visual depiction of user-generated tags, or simply the word content of a site, typically used to describe the content of web sites. It is a visual representation of the popularity of the tags or descriptions that people are using on a blog or website. Popular tags are often shown in a large type and less popular tags in smaller type.

KC-The image below is a “World Population” tag cloud. Click the image for more detail.

· Terms of service (TOS)
The legal basis upon which you agree to use a website, video hosting site, or other place for creating or sharing content. Check before agreeing to concede the rights the site owners may claim over your content.

· Thread
A strand of related messages that represent a conversation, e.g. messages on a discussion forum or a series of e-mails that use the same subject line, or a blog post and any related comments and trackbacks.

· Trackback
A link used to facilitate communication between blogs. When one blogger refers to another blog in his or her post, if both blogs support trackbacks, then the trackback will notify the owner of the original post that the blogger has referred to his or her post.

· Traffic
Or sometimes called Web Traffic. This refers to the visitors that visit a website.

· Transparency
The concept that social media users expect to engage in clear, open considerate online conversations with individuals and businesses.

· Trending
A word, phrase or topic that is popular or gaining popularity on Twitter at a given moment.

· Troll
Someone who posts controversial, inflammatory, irrelevant or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum or chat room, with the primary intent of provoking other users into an emotional response or to generally disrupt normal on-topic discussion.

· Tweet
The name of posts on Twitter.

· TweetDeck
A service that allows businesses, organizations, and individuals to monitor, manage, and schedule their social media marketing activity.

KC – This “Purple Martin Condominium” has several tweet decks. J

· Tweetup
A term for events (i.e., meetups) that spring from Twitter connections. Tweetups are typically informal gatherings that let Twitter followers meet in real life, and coordinators often use a hashtag to unite tweets related to the event.

· Twitter
The social media network based on 140-character micro-blog posts. Users post short updates that can be seen by anyone, even if they are not logged into the site. Posts can only include text and links; any multimedia content (photos, video, audio) must be linked to. The people who follow you will see your updates in their timeline when they log in. Unlike with Facebook, you do not have to confirm or reciprocate the follower connection, meaning people can follow your updates without you have to see theirs.

· Twitter Handle
Another word for a Twitter username, designated by an @ (“at sign”).

· Twitterverse
A fun term used to describe the world of Twitter.

Kara Church

Technical Editor, Advisory


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