Learn the Lingo of Web 2.0

Going in to the world of Web 2.0 without understanding the lingo can create serious problems for some. Knowing the lingo is the key to understanding what others online are even talking about.

Instant messaging programs like Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger, MySpace and FaceBook instant messenger users already know a lot of the lingo. They used acronyms and abbreviations to save time and sometimes even so someone that was watching didn’t know what was actually being said.

New users to Web 2.0 will feel like a fish out of water if they do not understand some of the common lingo.

What is Web 2.0?

Simply stated, Web 2.0 allows user interaction. The web application actually allows the user to interact with it rather than the user simply staring at a static screen. Interaction can be considered leaving comments, posting blogs, creating videos. All done in real time.

What is a Blog?

A blog is a place that allows users to write and post just about anything of their choosing. It can be about a vacation they just recently went on. It could be a new home remedy they have discovered. Once the blog is posted, people that read it can leave a comment if they so choose. Blogs are also a great way to get people’s opinions about a product or service.

What is The Long Tail?

This is a marketing phrase associated with extending the reach of the content from the top major sites. For instance, going away from the major well known sites and using similar ones that may or may not be well known yet.

What does Participation Mean?

Participation means having a way to interact with the user. This can be accomplished through by allowing the user to participate in a blog or leave a comment. Allowing user interaction can create more online visibility for a company.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Web 2.0 lingo. If the company decides to utilize all of the marketing tools that Web 2.0 has to offer, make sure to understand the lingo before jumping in or you will get lost!

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