5 social media terms you ought to know

5 social media terms you ought to know

While a number of us have adopted social media as a standard form of communication, plenty of us still have no idea what certain terms mean. Thankfully, these terms are usually easy to understand once you’re given a push in the right direction. This guide should serve as a first step to understanding social media terms.

1. Tag

A tag can refer to a number of things, depending on how it is used. When referring to blogs, tags usually refer to the keywords that were used in the post. Tagging keywords in blogs allows search engines to recognize your post as relating to certain topics, and helps the post rank higher.

Tag might also refer to the act of tagging a friend in photos on Facebook. This essentially means that you link someone to a photo that they are in. This feature has been around for years but it’s becoming more advanced as it now uses facial recognition.

You can also tag your friends in posts and status updates so they are alerted to your post. Depending on your friend’s privacy settings, the post will also show up on their wall for their other friends to see.

2. Troll

A troll is a person who contributes to social networks with the goal of provoking others.  They are the people that become fans of pages or join groups and then make comments that they know will upset other group members.

3. Friend

While we all know what the conventional meaning of friend is, that’s often not the meaning applied to the word friend in the social media world. In social media, to friend someone simply means adding someone to your network.

4. Stream

This is another double-meaning word. Streaming something pertains to receiving a constant flow of information, such as a webcast. A stream is what many people call their Twitter or Facebook home pages, where all of the recent information and updates are posted.

5. At mention

An at mention, or @ mention, works on Twitter much like status tags work on Facebook. You can mention someone in your Tweet, precede his or her name with the @ symbol and they will be alerted to your post. This also allows the post to show up in his or her home page.

Although social media terms can often be confusing, this guide can certainly help clear up some of the confusion. If you’d like even more social media definitions, take a look at this article.