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February 1, 2008 / compassioninpolitics

Resource: Glossary of Web 2.0 Terms and Tools

Resource of Key Web 2.0 Tools


Blog-an easy to update digital publishing platform (earlier called a web log)


Blog Reader-platform for reading blogs, similar to Google Reader bookmarking. You provide a title and tag(s) for your favorite and most useful content. This allows you to share them with anyone around the world, with a coworker, client, or teacher. (see also Magnolia)


Digg-social news site, which allows you to vote for your favorite content. Its news democratized. (see also Mixx)


Content-any web related material (including text, photos, audio, video, or other media)


Creative Commons-a way to license your content so that people can share it.


Flickr-a popular photosharing site, where creativity, design, and sharing are valued.


Linked In-social network around business (see also Ryze, niche networking site, and Facebook)


Mashup-two or more things combined. One of the key principles of web 2.0 (see also re-mix)


RSS-Really Simple Syndication. (similar to TV syndication, but better) It’s the way blogs are shared.


Tagging-a way of organizing and finding information on the internet in a web 2.0 world.


Technorati-way to listen to and find blog entries. Its like Google for blogs. In addition, it ranks blogs based on its own system of authority.


Tumblr-a platform for microblogging. Similar to blogging, but without comments. Very simple design and lower functionality than traditional blogs.


Twitter-a micro-blogging tool. It asks “what are you doing?” Its similar to a chat room, with 200 or less character updates. (think the status update tool for Facebook)


User created content (UCC)- user created content, whether design, music, video, or some multi-media mashup.


Wisdom of Crowds-a principle that “we” collectively are smarter than “me.”


YouTube-one of many video sharing sites. It is currently the largest and owned by Google. (see also Blip.TV, BlogTV, Seesmic, Vimeo, Viddler, UStream, and others) (there are a host of video sharing sites around niche topics like Do-it-Yourself and How-to)


Web 2.0– community and multimedia tools for sharing and community. Its use has lead to the proliferation of 2.0 words. (also often refered to as social media or new media)


Wiki-a collaborative form of publishing (you can make your own for personal, educational, or professional use with PB Wiki, Wet Paint , or Social Text)


WordPress-the best free blogging platform (in my humble opinion). Its free themes, plug-ins, user friendly, capabilities, and community features make it arguably the best platform. (see also Typepad and Blogger)


Other resources:

Long definitions of Web 2.0 terms


The list isn’t perfect, but its a start. Hopefully, it makes for easier

If you would like to share via stumble,, or digg just click away.


What would you add, edit, or subtract?

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  1. compassioninpolitics / Feb 1 2008 8:03 am

    Any terms or tools I should add besides Open Source?

    Any specific additions, subtractions, or edits?

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