A Web log, more commonly known as a blog, is a publication on the Internet. Blogs have been credited with allowing people to develop online communities with a group of friends, classmates and professors, or the wider world because of how easy they are to create and of how accessible they are to anyone on the Internet. They are easy to create because they do not require the blogger, the person creating the blog, to know hypertext markup language (HTML). In addition, content in a blog may be text, graphics, hyperlinks, photos, audio, and/or video. Many blogs look like personal journal entries because they are updated on a daily or weekly basis.
Key Terms in this Chapter
News Aggregator: Client software that uses Web feed to retrieve syndicated Web content such as blogs, podcasts, vlogs, and mainstream mass media Websites.
Trackback: Hyperlinks on other sites that refer to a blog entry.
Blogging Application: A user-hosted or developer-hosted system used to create or host blogs.
Post Date: Date and time a blog entry was published to the Internet.
Blogger: The author of a blog.
Developer-hosted Blogging Software application: The software application for creating the blog is located on a server owned by someone else who administers the hardware required to run the blog.
User-hosted Blogging Software Application: The software for creating the blog is installed on either a server administered by the user or on the users own computer.
Blogging Community: Individuals who make comments related to a particular blog.
Blog (or Web Log): A user-generated Web site where entries are made in journal style and displayed in a reverse chronological order.
Really Simple Syndication (RSS): A family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated digital content, such as blogs, news feeds, or podcasts.
Permalink: The URL of the full, individual article or blog.
Blogroll: Hyperlinks to other blogs that the blog author reads or with whom the author is affiliated.