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Spring 2009 Communicators Conference - Glossary

Social Networks

  • Free-access social networking site that allows users to connect with “friends,” join groups and share personal information. Originally only accessible to individuals with a valid .edu email address, it is now open to everyone.
  • Social networking site with an interactive, user-submitted network of personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music and videos.
  • Online platform that allows users to build their own custom social networks.
  • Business-oriented social networking tool.

Video-Sharing Platforms

  • A Web site that allows users to upload, view and share video clips.
  • A video-centric social networking site that allows users to share, store and comment on video clips.


  • A microblogging service in which users can send and read updates, which are limited to 140 characters in length.
  • A social networking and microblogging site comparable to Twitter, founded in 2006 and purchased by Google in 2007.
  • Social networking/microblogging site centered around sharing messages, files, events a links with already-established friends.

Monitoring Services/Aggregators

  • An Internet search engine similar to Google and Yahoo that only searches blogs and tagged social media.
  • A Google application that searches blogs.
  • A social bookmarking Web service in which users tag chosen sites with index terms.
  • A social news Web site in which users can submit links to stories and then vote and comment on them, in turn establishing lists of stories ranked by popularity.
  • A customized Google Web portal that allows users to create a personalize search page with chosen content.
  • A real-time feed aggregator that consolidates social media site updates so that users can stream desired information and view it in a single location.

Last Updated: 3/19/10