A blog (shortened version of Weblog) is an online journal usually displayed on a Web site that contains entries listed in reverse chronological order. Blogs combine text, images, hyperlinks, and in some cases, audio to provide information on a specific topic. Blogs are used for a variety of purposes, primarily as selfpublishing online diaries and Web journals, but they also serve as news sources for social, political, and cultural interests.
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CAPTCHA: Short for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart”. Those word and letter verification images you need to type in to show you are human and not a machine.
Permalink: A permanent link to a specific article.
Photoblogging: A blog predominantly using and focusing on photographs and images.
Moblog: A blog posted and maintained via mobile phone.
Weblog: An online dated diary listing your periodic thoughts on a specific topic, often in reverse chronological order.
Vlogging: Blogging using video instead of text.
Trackback: A system by which a ping is sent to another blog to notify that their article has been mentioned by you.
Sidebar: One or more columns along one or both sides of most blogs main page.
Technorati: A real-time search engine that keeps track of what is going on in the blogosphere.
Feedburner: A professional feed management system.
Blog: Short form for Weblog.
Blogroll: List of links to other blogs in your sidebar. Also see blogrolling.com.
RSS: A family of Web feed formats used for Web syndication. Short form for Really Simple Syndication (RSS 2.0), Rich Site Summary (RSS 0.91, RSS 1.0), RDF Site Summary (RSS 0.9 and 1.0).
Audioblog: Blogging using audio instead of text.
Ping: Short for Packet Internet Grouper. Blog and ping helps to notify other blog tracking tools for updates, changes, and trackbacks.
Wiki: A collaborative online software that allows readers to add and edit content.
Dashboard: The first screen with all controls, tools, and functions that one sees when they set up their blog.
Blogosphere: The Internet blogging community.
Archives: A collection of all the blog’s posts on one page.