Blog: A website or part of a website that publishes posts written by one or more authors. Posts are displayed in reverse chronological order and readers may be allowed to write comments on posts.
Creative Commons: A system of copyright notation that allows creators of content to designate how their content may be used.
Domain name: The online address that corresponds to a given website and is the basis for that website’s URL. Domain names generally must be purchased through a domain name registrar.
E-commerce: The online buying and selling of goods and services.
Facebook: A social networking site that allows users to create personal or organizational profiles and connect with friends or fans. Facebook facilitates the sharing of photos, videos, text, and other media. Congregations may find Facebook useful because it provides interactive functionality, facilitates the viral spread of information, and has an intergenerational user base.
Flickr: A website that facilitates the uploading and sharing of photos among users. Photos can be labeled with keywords. Flickr groups allow multiple users to pool their photos.
Foursquare: A location-based social networking service. Foursquare users share their geographic location by periodically "checking in."
Gmail: Email provided by Google. A Gmail account is required in order to use some Google services, including Blogger and Google Analytics.
Google Analytics: A Google service that allows users website adminstrators to collect information about visitors to their website, including the number of visitors on a given day.
Hosting providers: Companies that rent out space on servers which is used to support websites. Hosting plans may vary by price, space and bandwidth, and other factors.
RSS feeds: “Really Simple Syndication” feeds alert readers to new posts on a given website. Some blogging software, including Blogger, automatically generates an RSS feed for each of its blogs. Individuals who want to follow multiple blogs can set up an account with a “feed reader” like Bloglines.com and then subscribe to the RSS feed of each blog they wish to follow.
Second Life: A virtual world where users can create personal avatars and form communities.
Twitter: A short messaging service (SMS) that allows users to send short text messages to a large group of readers. Readers may view their messages on their cell phone or on the internet, and may reply to messages.
YouTube: A video-sharing website that allows users to upload and display videos. Users can also respond to videos by using ratings, comments, and other tools. Baseline cost: Free.
For more new media terms and definitions, please see Jacqueline Wolven's blog post, "UU and You Online - Unitarian Universalist Resources Online."
For web development terms and definitions, please see the Uniatrian Universalist Association (UUA) Glossary of Web Terminology.
For more information contact web @ uua.org.
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