To accompany Inner Ear’s seminars and workshops, and as a useful guide in general, here are some definitions and examples of some commonly used internet terms. We consider RSS, embeddable media and tagging as the three core elements of what used to be referred to as web 2.0, now more generally known as social media. Get in touch to learn more about Inner Ear’s promotion, production, training and consultancy servies.
Really Simple Syndication is the XML news feed technology which makes blogging, podcasting and tweeting possible, making it easy for web users to subscribe to your blog, podcast, YouTube channel or Flickr photostream, follow you on Twitter and receive your updates on Facebook and LinkedIn.
Whether its audio or video players or interactive widgets, embeddable media has been a revolution in the distribution of content online. Useful information about web widgets:
Tags are a non-hierarchical socialised system for sorting and labelling data and information.
Tags are added by content publishers and used by web users for filtering and navigating content. Tags can be used in many ways. Use of tagging is down to personal choice. On our internet radio station, Radio Magnetic, we use tags to define music genres.
Tools, platforms and networks
Tools: apps, widgets and services used in productivity, such as Google Documents, Bablefish, Twtapps and Doodle:
Platforms: website services which host interactive information collections, such as YouTube, Flickr and Google Maps
Networks: services which allow users to connect and interact with each other like Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook
Friends, fans and followers
Fans like or appreciate a non-personal page about a brand, project or organisation. (See any fan page on http://www.facebook.com.)
Followers subscribe to information feeds and receive updates from one particular source. (See any profile on http://www.twitter.com.)
WWW Stages of Development
Web 1.0: static web pages, simple interactivity, publisher-lead.
Web 2.0: dynamic web pages, social media, user-lead.
Web 3.0: definitions vary, combining semantic web, expert content and monitising of social media.
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