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Understanding Blog Speak revised

Understanding Blog Speak revised

Duncan Riley> Thanks to everyone who contributed suggestions and corrections last week, there have been a few words added and a few changes made. I’ve had a few requests from people to utilise the list and I’m happy to share it under my CC license where it can be reprinted but only with full attribution to myself and a link back here. For hardcopy publishing please contact me for further details (it is after all going in a book). So here it is, and again I’m happy to bleg again on this one, anything missing or wrong please let me know. Particular thanks for the additional words and phrases to: Antoine, David, Joao Craveiro, Montag, and Fred, who will also get a mention in the book.
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Audioblog: A blog where the posts consist mainly of voice recordings

Aggregator: A program or webpage which enables users to read the content of blogs using RSS or Atom Feeds examples:

Atom: An XML based file format used in the provision of Blog feeds. Championed primarily by Google and its Blogger blogging service, it competes directly with the RSS format

Blawg: A legal blog

Bleg: to beg for assistance, for either information or on occasion, financial assistance (eg Jason Kottke)

Blego: a combination of the words Blog and Ego, used to describe the actions of bloggers who write as to their own self worth

Blog/ Weblog: see chapter 2

Blogger: A person who keeps and/ or writes a blog. Also the name of Google’€™s blogging service.

Blogosphere: used to describe the world or community of blogs and blogging

Blogroll: a collection or list of links to other blogs and websites commonly featured on blogs. The word came into popular uses from the service of the same name. Sometimes referred to as link lists or bookmarks

Blogware: commonly used in reference to the tools used to write blogs, such as WordPress or Movable Type.

Blog feed/ Feed: a page, written in XML, that is read using Aggregators, that provide an alternative means in which to read blogs. There are two competing standards, Atom and RSS.

Collaborative Blog/ cblog/ vertical blog/ group blog: a blog which is edited by more than one person, often managed collaboratively (eg Slashdot)

Comment Spam/ Blog Spam/ Link Spam: the posting of comments on a blog which consist of links to commercial sites in an attempt to improve of search engine placement, often made by automated software.

CGI-BIN: Some types of blogware require servers that allow CGI (Common Gateway Interface) programs to reside in a special directory. This directory is often referred to as CGI-BIN.

CSS: Cascading Style Sheets, script that may define the attributes on a web page or a blog, including colour, layout, font type etc.. CSS is not required to write a web page but is commonly used with blogs

FTP: File Transfer Protocol: Do-it-yourself blogging requires the uploading of script to a web host for hosting, FTP refers to the method in which the files are uploaded. Software is required to transfer a file by FTP. Examples include WS_FTP and Cute_FTP

HTML: Hyper Text Markup Language: the language used in writing a web page

Link Blog/ Linklog: a blog, or a blog category, in which posts consist entirely of links to other pages and blogs.

Markup language: A language that has codes for indicating layout and styling within a text file. (eg: HTML)

Meme: an idea, project, statement or even a question that is posted by one blog and responded to by other blogs. Although the term encompasses much of the natural flow of communication in the Blogosphere, there are active bloggers and blog sites that dedicated to the creation of memes on a regular basis

Moblog: literally a mobile phone blog, a form of photoblog that consists of the photographs taken on users mobile phones. Particularly useful at times of crisis and major events, in which mobloggers (mobile phone bloggers) post direct pictures from the scene.

See Also
Ghost Websites: Top 10

MP3 Blog: a blog that hosts downloadable music in the MP3 audio file format.

Perl: Practical Extraction and Report Language, Perl is a programming language designed for processing text used by some types of blogware

PHP: a HTML embedded ‘€œserver-side’€? scripting language that allows the creation of dynamic web pages, used by some types of blogware

Podcast/ Podcasting: a form of audio blogging created by Adam Curry, a former MTV Host, and Dave Winer, the founder of Userland Software. Its name comes from the targeting of audio posts to Apples iPod audio player, although podcasts can be listened to on competing players and on computers.

Post: the term used to refer an individual story or article on a blog, literally to post to a blog is to write an article or contribution, and a blog consists of multiple posts.

RSS: Rich Site Summary, or Really Simple Syndication: a form of XML used in the delivery of blog feeds. Comes in various standards as well, 0.92, 1 and 2 are the most common forms of RSS

Toxic Blog: a blog hosting malicous scripts such as spyware, keyloggers etc..

TrackBack/ PingBack: A system that allows a blogger to see which other bloggers have referenced or written about a particular post. The system works by sending a ‘ping’ between the blogs, and therefore providing the alert.

Vblog/ Vlog: Video Blog: a blog that consists of video posts.

XML: Extensible Markup Language: a markup language used most commonly for blog feeds, used in both Atom and XML.

Footnote: the names of blogging services (such as MT, WordPress etc) have not been included in the list as they will be covered in another part of the book.

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