Nov 07 2008

Do You Know Your Web Words? Web 2.0 Jargon You Should Learn

Published by at 10:28 am under Web 2.0 Course

Language evolves. There are language structures, spellings and even words used just a hundred years ago that are already obsolete, no longer relevant or has just plain changed meaning. Now think technology. The way words get invented and discarded in this industry is reminiscent of George Michael throwing away his disposable contact lenses.
So unless you’re living in a community that has inexplicably chosen to remain analog, you better learn Web 2.0 jargon now. Here are a few you can start with:

Web 2.0

According to Dario de Judicibus, a social networking analyst for IBM, Web 2.0 refers to the knowledge oriented online environment that is powered by ‘human interactions’ in order to produce content that will be published using network applications. In this environment, websites have stopped being isolated repositories of information. Instead, they have become portals from which links to other users are created.


AJAX stands for Asynchronous or Advanced JavaScript + XML. It refers to the technologies used to create applications often used for social networking and bookmarking sites.


XML means Extensible Markup Language. This refers to the use of tags and tagging in HTML coding, allowing coders or users to create tag descriptions.


To embed means to take a code and integrate it into a webpage. This is the process that lets you bring a code to another website. If you embed a code of a video on Youtube, for example, the video will be displayed on that site.


RSS is short for Rich Site Summary, although it is also known by other names, including Real Simple Syndication. The RSS feed is an XML file, which is made up of codes. The function of RSS is to allow content on a website to be gathered by news aggregators or readers and then published on another website. This allows syndicated content to be managed and shared.


A chicklet is another term for RSS button. Users who click on this will be able to subscribe to that site’s content.

User-generated content

One of the terms that is part of Web 2.0 jargon is user-generated content (UGC). It refers to media content
that is created by the users themselves. UGC has come to be nearly synonymous with Web 2.0 and may be produced by a single user or a group. It can also refer to collaborative efforts. UGC can refer to textual content, video or audio files that often appear in blogs, social networking and bookmarking sites, blogs and forums.


Wiki comes from the Hawaiian word that means ‘rapidly’. As part of the Web 2.0 jargon, it refers to a website that contains content created by users (usually registered users only). It is often used online for public access but it can also be utilized by private companies for project management or as a means to educate employees. A famous example of a wiki is Wikipedia.

Open Source

Open source is a code that often appears as software for public use. What makes it different is that it is made available for free to the public.


Folksonomy is a Web 2.0 jargon that refers to the process or method of classifying materials and naming them. Folksonomy is the realm of regular users like you and me and we do this through the use of tags. This is often done on sites that share content, such as Technorati and Flickr.

Here is where this lesson ends for today. We really hope you enjoyed this lesson too.

You will receive the next lesson in 7 days. Next week’s lesson will have the following title:

“The Trend That Is Web 2.0”

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3 Responses to “Do You Know Your Web Words? Web 2.0 Jargon You Should Learn”

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