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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

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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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