Words that begin with “V”

February 27, 2009

Video Many digital cameras and mobile phones take videos good enough to view on the Net. Sites like YouTube and blip.tv Vimeo DailyMotion now make it easy to open an account, upload and share your videos. These sites will also provide some unique code for each video so you can, if you wish, embed the video in a blog post. Short interviews that “capture the moment” work well, particulary if you provide a text summary so people can easily decide whether or not to view. However, check whether the audience you are aiming at is likely to have a fast enough connection, and up to date browser, to view your video easily.

Vimeo– is the home for videos you make. Use Vimeo to upload and share videos with anyone, watch great videos, meet new people, and explore the amazing world of personal video. Join Vimeo or Log In to get started.

Virtual worlds are online places like Second Life, where you can create a representation of yourself (an avatar) and socialise with other residents. Basic activity is free, but you can buy currency (using real money) in order to purchase land and trade with other residents. Second Life is being used by some voluntary organisations to run discussions, virtual events and fundraising.


* Tools to Design Web Pages
o Use the new Split View pane which shows both the visual designer as well as the corresponding markup
o Build CSS enabled pages with the new Manage Styles and CSS Properties windows to easily design, preview, and apply CSS styles to your Web page
o Build JavaScript & AJAX-enabled applications with JavaScript IntelliSense, formatting and debugging and built-in support for ASP.NET AJAX
o Download the free AJAX Control Toolkit which includes over 30 AJAX controls including rounded corners, drop shadows, animation, ratings, slide shows, and more
* Easily Build Data-Driven Web sites
o Build applications using LINQ (Language Integrated Query) which adds data querying capabilities for SQL Server, XML, and objects to Visual Basic and Visual C#
o Use new data controls like the List View control and the LINQ Data Source control to build dynamic Web pages
* Easily Publish and Share
o Use the built-in Copy Web Site tools to publish both ASP.NET pages and SQL Server databases to any hoster that supports FTP or FrontPage Server Extensions

Your voice online Social media enables you to extend your voice by increasing your reach across the Net, and doing that in the way that suits you best. You can write – or if you are a visual person you can upload photos or other images and invite comments. If you prefer talking, use Voice over IP, or perhaps record and upload a podcast, capture interviews and events on video. Your voice can be focussed on your blog … or be available on other sites through your commenting, linking and use of social media websites.

Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) enables you to use a computer or other Internet device for phone calls without additional charge, including conference calls. By using headphones and a microphone you can also free your hands to use instant messaging to keep a shared note of conversations, or use other virtual presence tools. You can use Voice over IP to do interviews for Podcasts. The best-known VOIP tool is Skype.


Words that begin with “U”

February 27, 2009

To upload is to transfer a file or other content from your computer to an Internet site.

URL: Unique Resource Locator is the technical term for a web address like http://www.bbc.co.uk


User generated content is text, photos and other material produced by people who previously just consumed. See content.

Uservoice-is attempting to provide focus groups to those companies that cannot afford focus groups.  The site’s general idea is to moderate user ideas and complaints by means of formal comment boxes, polls, and ranking systems.  The three-person ‘Team UserVoice’ is quoted as saying, “UserVoice adds structure to feedback and reduces the overhead of an honest dialog with our users – It creates a market around good ideas so we get more quality than quantity.”

  1. Track user ideas as other users vote on them
  2. Provide official responses to comments
  3. Mark an idea as ‘planned’
  4. Push out new features that users want
  5. Collect fan mail

Ustream.tv is a live video community for everyone. Anyone with a computer, an Internet connection and a web cam can set up their own channel and broadcast live. The site launched in March 2007 and was the second live streaming site after Stickam.com.The site has attracted tech celebs Robert Scoble and Chris Pirillo, but Ustream can be used by many different kinds of people for many different purposes. “Already we have seen bloggers, podcasters, radio stations, DJ’s, citizen journalist, talk show hosts, celebrities, rock bands, entertainers, comedians, churches, political candidates, government officials, conferences, event sponsors, record labels, television networks, colleges, university organizations, fraternities, sororities, charities, community groups, websites, civic groups, priests, monks, bird lovers, ghost hunters, dog watchers, weddings, lifecasters, professionals and amateurs.”

Words that begin with “N”

February 27, 2009

Networks are structures defined by nodes and the connections between them. In social networks the nodes are people, and the connections are the relationships that they have. Networking is the process by which you develop and strengthen those relationships.

Netvous is a site where you can save your bookmarks and share them with your friends. Its tagging system makes it easy for you to search and find other things you like online.New York Times. Like CNN, the New York Times is a lovely source for links because it provides both up-to-the minute news as well as carefully crafted, intellectual stories. This is its home page RSS feed. You can also pick from a bunch of feeds here. You and your readers do have to register, but it’s worth it— perhaps the only site that is worth registering for on the Internet. Sample: “A Political Manners Manual.”http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2008/11/looking-for-m-1.html

Read more: “How to Change the World: Looking for Mr. Goodtweet: How to Pick Up Followers on Twitter” – http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2008/11/looking-for-m-1.html#ixzz0AwchK7Mr


A newsreader is a website or desktop tool that act as an aggregator, gathering content from blogs and similar sites using RSS feeds so you can read the content in one place, instead of having to visit different sites.

  • Newswise. Newswise is “a trusted resource for knowledge-based news, embargoed research results, and expert contacts from the world’s leading research institutions: universities, colleges, laboratories, professional organizations, governmental agencies, and private research groups active in the fields of medicine, science, business, and the humanities.” Holy kaw! In other words, it features hardcore science. Some stories are embargoed and you have to register to prove you’re a journalist for them, but even the stuff that’s not embargoed is very good. Its RSS feed is here. Sample: “New Generator Produces AC Current by Stretching Wires.”
  • Read more: “How to Change the World: Looking for Mr. Goodtweet: How to Pick Up Followers on Twitter” – http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2008/11/looking-for-m-1.html#ixzz0AwdYkQdw

    Words that begin with “L”

    February 27, 2009

    LaTeX (pronounced /ˈleɪtɛk/, /ˈleɪtɛx/, or /ˈlɑːtɛk/) is a document markup language and document preparation system for the TeX typesetting program. Within the typesetting system, its name is styled as \LaTeX.

    LaTeX is most widely used by mathematicians, scientists, engineers, philosophers, economists and other scholars in academia and the commercial world, and other professionals.[1] As a primary or intermediate format (e.g. translating DocBook and other XML-based formats to PDF), LaTeX is used because of the high quality of typesetting achievable by TeX. The typesetting system offers programmable desktop publishing features and extensive facilities for automating most aspects of typesetting and desktop publishing, including numbering and cross-referencing, tables and figures, page layout and bibliographies.

    Last.fm, which you’ve no doubt used already, is a service that keeps track of what music you listen to, and then helps you discover new music based on your preferences. You can use Last.fm to listen to music, find out about artists you may like, get in touch with other people with similar music taste, discover gigs in your local area, as well as create charts that you can publish on your personal site. Last.fm also allows artists and labels to upload their own music and videos and promote them for free.

    Links are the highlighted text or images that, when clicked, jump you from one web page or item of content to another. Bloggers use links a lot when writing, to reference their own or other content. Linking is another aspect of sharing, by which you offer content that may be linked, and acknowledge the value of other’s people’s contributions by linking to them. It is part of being open and generous.

    Listening in the blogosphere is the art of skimming feeds to see what topics are bubbling up, and also setting up searches that monitor when you or your organisation is mentioned.

    Location: the nature of location and presence is changed by the Internet and social media, because you can be active online in many different places, including in virtual worlds.

    Logging in is the process to gaining access to a website that restricts access to content, and requires registration. This usually involves typing in a username and password. The username may be your “real” name, or a combination of letters and/or numbers chosen for the purpose.

    Lurkers are people who read but don’t contribute or add comments to forums. The one per cent rule-of-thumb suggests about one per cent of people contribute new content to an online community, another nine percent comment, and the rest lurk. However, this may not be a passive role because content read on forums may spark interaction elsewhere.

    \mathbf{L}\!{}_\mathbf{\displaystyle Y}\!\mathbf{X} (written as LyX in plain text) is a document processor following the self-coined “what you see is what you mean” paradigm (WYSIWYM), as opposed to the WYSIWYG ideas used by word processors. This means that the user only has to care about the structure of and information within the text, while the formatting is done by LaTeX, an advanced typesetting system. LyX is designed for authors who want professional output with a minimum of effort and without becoming specialists in typesetting. The job of typesetting is done mostly by the computer, following a predefined set of rules called a style, not by the author. Specific knowledge of the LaTeX document processing system is not necessary but may improve editing with LyX significantly for specialist purposes.

    Words that begin with “F”

    February 27, 2009

    Face-to-face (f2) is used to describe people meeting offline. While social media may reduce the need to meet, direct contact gives far more clues, quickly, about a person than you can get online. Online interaction is likely to be richer after f2f meetings.

    A facilitator is someone who helps people in an online group or forum manage their conversations. They may help agree a set of rules, draw out topics for discussion, gently keep people on topic, and summarise. See also roles.

    Fark Fark is what fills space when mass media runs out of news. Fark is supposed to look like news… but it’s not news. It’s Fark.

    Feeds are the means by which you can read, view or listen to items from blogs and other RSS-enabled sites without visiting the site, by subscribing and using an aggregator or newsreader. Feeds contain the content of an item and any associated tags without the design or structure of a web page.

    FeedBurner FeedBurner is an essential free RSS distribution service that provides detailed blog readership measurement and engagement metrics. Using FeedBurner you can measure the number of subscribers to your feed, gain an understanding as to which blog posts are popular and also measure users who have taken action based on your content.

    Flotones is a monetized social network for music artists and their fans. The most interesting feature is the possibility to promote and distribute artist’s content via mobile phones (such as ringtones and mobile wallpapers). After you register and add your content, you’ll be able to promote your mobile content at your shows, on your website and on your MySpace profile. You’ll be asked to sign a contract before getting paid.

    flauntR is a member of the FotoDesk group. FotoDesk Group AG (www.fotodesk.com) is a privately held group based in Zurich, Switzerland. FotoDesk is rolling out a unique online imaging service that combines photo editing, printing, sharing and storage in a single seamless service.

    Folksonomy: Taxonomies are centralised ways of classifying information – as in libraries. Folksonomies are the way folk create less structured ways of classifying by adding tags.

    Forums are discussion areas on websites, where people can post messages or comment on existing messages asynchronously – that is, independently of time or place. Chat is the synchronous equivalent. Before blogs developed, email lists and forums were the main means of conversing online. Forum discussions happen in one place, and so can be managed and facilitated in ways that blog conversations can’t because these are happening in many different places controlled by their authors.

    Foobies is where all of the adult-oriented links go with Farks. Posting Rules for Fark and TotalFark apply to posts on Foobies as well. To post comments, you must be a TotalFark subscriberFriends, on social networking sites, are contacts whose profile you link to in your profile. On some sites people have to accept the link, in others, not.

    Words that begin with “E”

    February 27, 2009

    easyComment: easyComment is a free Firefox plugin that lets you enter your name, e-mail address and site information with just one click. It’s like “cruise control” for commenting. If you plan on doing heavy-duty commenting for sites using multiple names, consider a professional form-filling tool like 1passwd (OS X) or RoboForm (Windows). from: http://socialmediarockstar.com/how-to-build-a-strong-reputation-with-comments

    Ego searches. See alerts

    Email: Electronic mail is messages transmitted over the Internet. These may be simply text, or acompanied by attachments like documents, images or other content.

    Email lists, or groups, are important networking tools offering the facility to “starburst” a message from a central postbox to any number of subscribers, and for them to respond. Lists usually offer a facility for reading and replying through a web page – so they can also operate like forums. This web page may offer an RSS feed – so joining up old and new tools. However, there is something of a divide between blog-based conversations and those on lists and forums because the former are dispersed across a network, and the latter don’t uually allow tagging or such easy linking.

    Exactfactor.com allows you to track your search engine keywords for free.

    Words that begin with “A”

    February 27, 2009

    Adjix. This is a Firefox button that you install by dragging onto your toolbar. You click on the button, and it grabs the link of the page and creates a tweet while it displays a thumbnail of the page you’re tweeting. You can see how many people clicked on the link from an administration area. I create almost all my tweets that contain links this way.Finally, you can make money by allowing ads in your links.

    AddThis- is the #1 bookmarking and sharing button on the Internet. We help website publishers and bloggers spread their content across the web by making it easy for visitors to bookmark and share content to their favorite social destinations. AddThis buttons can be found on hundreds of thousands of websites, and are currently viewed over 20 billion times a month by users all over the world, in over 20 languages.


    From Social Media wikispace

    Aggregation is the process of gathering and remixing content from blogs and other websites that provide RSS feeds. The results may be displayed in an aggregator website like Bloglines or Google Reader, or directly on your desktop using software often also called a newsreader.

    Alerts: search engines allow you to specify words, phrases or tags that you want checked periodically, with results of those searches returned to you by email. You may also be able to read the searches by RSS feed. This form of search allows you to check whether you, your organisation, your blog or blog item has been mentioned elsewhere, and so to respond if you wish.

    Alltop. If you’ve ever seen me post ten tweets in a row with links to (what I consider) interesting sites, it’s because I’m parked in front of these four Alltop sites: Psychology.alltop, Science.alltop, Lifehacks.alltop, and SocialMedia.alltop. At any of these sites you can scan hundreds of stories at a time and pick off the ones that will attact followers. (http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2008/11/looking-for-m-1.html).

    Read more: “How to Change the World: Looking for Mr. Goodtweet: How to Pick Up Followers on Twitter” – http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2008/11/looking-for-m-1.html#ixzz0AwbsCpYV

    Always -on

    APIs, application programming interfaces, for third-party software developers, the Times Developer Network has encouraged the creation of a new class of social media applications. Developers have already produced mashups that combine Times content with other resources. Advertisers should see new opportunities to embed messages tailored to the end user, and the Times may partner with those developers it deems worthy, avoiding the incremental cost of creating new applications internally.

    Asynchronous communications are independent of time or place, and messages go to and fro rather than appearing in one place at almost the same time (synchronous communication). Examples of asynchronous communication are email lists, bulletin boards and forums.

    An archive may refer to topics from an online discussion that has been closed but saved for later reference. On blogs, archives are collections of earlier items usually organised by week or month. You may still be able to comment on archived items.

    Authenticity is the sense that something or someone is “real”. Blogs enable people to publish content, and engage in conversations, that show their interests and values, and so help them develop an authentic voice online.

    Avatars are graphical images representing people. They are what you are in virtual worlds. You can build a visual character with the body, clothes, behaviours, gender and name of your choice. This may or may not be an authentic representation of yourself.

    Words that begin with a “J”

    February 27, 2009

    JamNow is a social network aimed at musicians that allows them to create audio content online in real-time. JamNow isn’t a site that simply makes you “post and listen” to audio content: its platform enables real-time music collaboration and lets you schedule live jam sessions and listen to musicians that are playing right in that moment.

    (from Groundswell)

    • Joiners
      • Maintain profile on a social networking site
      • Visit social networking sites

    Joining up is a big opportunity – and challenge – in the world of social media and networking. On the one hand links, tags and feeds – together with the spirit of openness – means content in different places can be brought together (aggregated). On the other hand, the move from groups to networks, and forums to blogs, means that content is spread around and there is seldom a one-stop-shop.

    Js-Kit Comment Plugin

    The Js-Kit Comments widget provides a full-featured commenting engine for your web site. It is implemented as a lightweight widget and is incredibly easy to install on any static or dynamic web page. With JS-Kit Comments you get spam protection, moderation control, Facebook logins as well as the ability to let your visitors add photos, YouTube video and even rich text to your comments!

    Words that begin with “W”

    February 26, 2009

    Webinar – An online seminar

    Web 2.0 – Is the business revolution in the computer industry caused by the move to the Internet as a platform, and an attempt to understand the rules for success on that new platform – Tim O’Reilly

    Web 2.0 applications found here.

    Widget A mini application that performs a specific function and connects to the Internet

    Wiki –Webpage(s) used to collect content about a topic. Anyone with access to the page(s) can edit or modify the information


    Some argue Wikipedia started the open source and social sharing revolution. Despite naysayers, studies have shown that Wikipedia is as accurate as Encyclopedia Britannica.

    Key Wins: Almost pervasively the number one search result in Google for any topic or public figure related search query. As a result of Wikipedia’s success, Encyclopedia Britannica recently adopted a hybrid of the Wikipedia model.

    Key Losses: The technology isn’t the most user friendly. It would be difficult for the general Internet population to quickly and easily figure out how to thoroughly update and edit; perhaps this is by design. Just like with DMOZ a few years back, the people who have earned editor status have too much power and they love to use it. For the longest time, CNET’s Tom Merritt, Molly Wood, and Jason Howell were scrubbed by editors. Are you kidding? Wikipedia also makes a habit of blacklisting blogs. For niche topics, the accuracy can be less than reliable.

    Business Use: You need to know what is written about your company and make appropriate, non-hyperbolic edits. If you can optimize for search, all the better.

    Coach: CEO Jimmy Wales founded the company (along with Larry Sanger) in January 2001, and is based in San Francisco.

    Web 2.0 is a term coined by O’Reilly Media in 2004 to describe blogs, wikis, social networking sites and other Internet-based services that emphasize collaboration and sharing, rather than less interactive publishing (Web 1.0). It is associated with the idea of the Internet as platform.

    Web-based tools: Google, Yahoo and a host of other commercial organisations provide an increasing range of free or low-cost tools including email, calendars, word processing, and spreadsheets that can be used on the web rather than your desktop. Provided you are happy to entrust your data to these organisations – and are always online when working – you can reduce your software costs significantly and forget about upgrades.

    Widgets* are a stand-alone applications you can embed in other applications, like a website or a desktop, or view on its own on a PDA. These may help you to do things like subscribe to a feed, do a specialist search, or even make a donation.

    Whiteboards online are the equivalent of glossy surfaces where you can write with an appropriate marker pen and wipe off later. They are tools that enable you to write or sketch on a web page, and as such are useful in collaboration online.

    A wiki is a web page – or set of pages – that can be edited collaboratively. The best known example is wikipedia, an encyclopedia created by thousands of contributors across the world. Once people have appropriate permissions – set by the wiki owner – they can create pages and/or add to and alter existing pages. Wikis are a good way for people to write a document together, instead of emailing files to and fro. You don’t have to use wikis for collaborative working – they can just be a quick and easy way of creating a web site. Although wikis are easy to use, that doesn’t mean everyone in a group will commit to their use with similar enthusiasm. See commitment, readiness.

    WordPress Popularity Contest plugin If you are using WordPress as your blogging tool of choice installing the Popularity Contest plugin by Alex King is highly recommended. This plugin measures views, comment etc are tracked and provided point values to determine popularity.

    WorldwideWebTelescope– WorldWide Telescope (WWT) enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world. Experience narrated guided tours from astronomers and educators featuring interesting places in the sky.
    A web-based version of WorldWide Telescope is also now available. This version enables seamless, guided explorations of the universe from within a web browser on PC and Intel Mac OS X by using the power of Microsoft Silverlight 3.0.

    Words that begin with “T”

    February 26, 2009

    Tokbox-s a start-up company providing free video calling, video conferencing and instant messaging services through an online application, similar to Skype. TokBox also allows users to create video posts, similar to text-based Twitter, that can be embedded on other web sites. The user can allow TokBox to access a contact list from popular instant message programs. TokBox was founded by entrepreneurs Serge Faguet and Ron Hose, and financed by Sequoia Capital and Bain Capital.

    Unlike many video conferencing applications which require software to be installed on all computers involved, TokBox only requires that one person has a profile to initiate a call. This user can then send links to other users, through e-mail or an instant message program, so that they can join the conference. Only Adobe Flash is required for use.

    TokBox does not limit the number of people involved in a video conference, although the company states that 20-25 computers is the useful limit. The company also allows Twitter users to tweet out video conference URLs to their Twitter followers.

    Video mail can be recorded and sent as e-mail to other Tokbox users or to any e-mail address.

    Video calls can be made to other TokBox users, or IM contacts which are loaded into TokBox. Video calls can also be made to non TokBox users by sending a URL to the recipient by email or IM. IM services supported by TokBox include Yahoo, AOL, MSN Messenger & Google GTalk.

    Video chat and multiple person instant messaging text chat.

    TweetDeck. TweetDeck is an Adobe Air application that front ends Twitter. You can open multiple panes on it with specialized purposes like displaying your direct messages and custom searches. These custom searches enable you to create a “dashboard” to Twitter. TweetDeck is what I use for custom searches. I have a pane with this custom search (brackets not included): [Guykawasaki OR Alltop OR “Guy Kawasaki” -Alltop.com]. This finds all instances where people mention “Guykawasaki” as well as my own tweets because they are from “@guykawasaki” and “Alltop” plus it removes all tweets with “Alltop.com” (Notice that there’s a minus sign before “Alltop.com” and you must capitalize the “OR”.). I remove tweets containing “Alltop.com” because hundreds of people evangelize Alltop news posts by using this Twitterfeed
    (see below).

    Twitpic(): Twitpic is the largest and most popular image sharing service on Twitter, in part due to all the attention it got in January when the first pictures of the Hudson River plane crash were shared on the site. It also has some popular celebrity users, like Grant Imahara from Mythbusters.

    TweetPhoto(): Competing with Twitpic will definitely be a steep, uphill battle for any other Twitter photo sharing service, but TweetPhoto offers a numbers of compelling features, such as stats, geo-tagging, favoriting, and Facebook() integration, that make it a worthy competitor.

    TweetLister: Post and re-use as many listings as you want for residential, commercial, vacation and any other type of property.

    Schedule each listing to post as often as you’d like for a set period of time – until it sells, rents or leases!
    View and download a list of all prospects on each listing. Never miss a qualified lead!
    TweetLister is the easy, sensible way to use the power of Twitter for your real estate listings.

    Twitgoo(): Borrowing the look and feel of Twitter, Twitgoo asks its users, “What are you lookin’ at?” It is integrated into a number of third party apps, including favorites like Tweetie for Mac and TwitterBerry.

  • Twellow. Twellow is a site that categorizes people according to their interests by monitoring their public messages. Its categories include accounting, advertising, marketing, real estate, and science. You can use it to find people who are interested in the same topics you are. Here is an example of the people in the beer category (Courtesy of @ducttape).
  • Read more: “How to Change the World: Looking for Mr. Goodtweet: How to Pick Up Followers on Twitter” -Read more: “How to Change the World: Looking for Mr. Goodtweet: How to Pick Up Followers on Twitter” – http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2008/11/looking-for-m-1.html#ixzz0AwdOTUamTweetBeep A tool that reviews the content of public Twitter updates, Tweets, and based on your key words will send you an email either hourly or daily as people discuss your keyword. If your business is locally focused the alerts can also be restricted to specific locations so you do not get overloaded with irrelevant information.
  • Twittersheep: see what you and your followers Tweet about

    Twitterrific (Mac only)– It seems to me that this is what most Mac owners are using, and it was the first program I tried. I like its look and feel, but I have found that Spaz and Snitter are a bit easier to use and are a bit more full-featured.

    Twibs: a directory of businesses using Twitter to communicate with consumers, peers, and tastemakers.

    Twitxr: Twitxr has end-to-end mobile photo sharing covered, with native applications for the iPhone, Windows Mobile and PocketPC, Nokia and Motorola phones, a mobile site and support for email posting. The site supports posting to Facebook, Picasa, and Flickr, in addition to posting photos to Twitter.