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     Internet Terminology

The first step to navigating your way around the internet is to understand the LINGO. The first time I used the internet I was mystified. I thought, “are all these people speaking Greek or gibberish?” I soon learned that the internet is a separate culture with its own language. Listed below are common internet terms and their definitions (a slightly abbreviated alphabet).

  • ADDRESS -- the location of an Internet resource such as a web site or e-mail; also known as a URL

  • BANNER -- an image usually created for ADVERTISING displayed on a web site

  • BLOG-- short for "weblog"; a web page containing a collection of links mixed in with commentary; similar to an editorial or DIARY

  • BOOKMARKS -- a list of internet web sites selected by you in your web browser; also known as FAVORITES

  • BROWSER -- a program on your computer, such as Netscape or Internet Explorer, that allows you to VIEW internet pages

  • CACHE -- a portion of MEMORY either on your computer or your internet provider’s computer where data can be stored for rapid access

  • CLIENT -- a program such as a Web browser or e-mail program that CONNECTS to and requests information from a server

  • COOKIES -- files stored on your hard drive by your web browser that hold information about your viewing HABITS on the internet (web sites visited, passwords, user names, and newsgroups you visit); Web sites you visit can use this information to tailor the type of information they provide to you

  • CYBERSPACE -- a term that is used for the EVERYTHING connected to the internet
    D IS FOR...

    • DIAL-UP -- a basic connection between your computer and internet via phone and MODEM

    • DIRECT connection -- fastest internet connection usually through a cable modem or other high-speed service

    • DISCUSSION group -- also called a newsgroup; usually accessed via your e-mail program or on a web site server; normally dedicated to discussions in one SUBJECT area

    • DOMAIN name -- an alphabetical name for a website that starts with "www" and ends with an extension like .com (business), .gov (government), .edu (educational), etc.

    • DOWNLOAD -- copying a file from a REMOTE computer to your local computer
    F IS FOR...

    • FAQ -- frequently asked questions; a group of commonly asked QUESTIONS and their answers

    • FILE -- information STORED and organized by computer software

    • FLAME -- sending an email or posting a message in a newsgroup that INSULTS someone; do not do this!
    H IS FOR...

    • HOME page -- the very first page or entrance to any web site

    • HOST -- any computer on a network that functions as a REPOSITORY for services available to other computers on the network

    • HTML -- HyperText Markup Language; the main programming LANGUAGE used to design web sites

    • HTTP -- HyperText Transfer Protocol; a set of detailed and coded INSTRUCTIONS for communication between a server and a World Wide Web client

    • HYPERLINK -- any text on a web site that when CLICKED will take you to another page or another web site

    • HYPERTEXT -- the text that contains hyperlinks
    I IS FOR...

    • INTERNET -- a worldwide NETWORK of computers communicating with each other

    • IP address -- the Internet Protocol Address that is assigned to every computer

    • ISP -- Internet Service Provider; a company that provides internet and e-mail ACCESS
    L IS FOR...

    • LINK -- another name for a hyperlink

    • LISTSERV -- an electronic mail list usually delivered to individual members by EMAIL that concentrates on one topic

    • LOGIN -- the use of an assigned name and PASSWORD to access a web site or web page

    • LURKING -- reading discussion group or listserv messages before participating; recommended so that you can fully UNDERSTAND the topic and the people participating before you join in
    M IS FOR...

    • MAIL server -- a computer that holds and TRANSMITS e-mail messages

    • MAILING list -- similar to a listserv or newsgroup; you give permission to JOIN and will be mailed messages from other members typically concentrating on one topic

    • META tags -- special code in the programming of a web site that tells search engines how to INDEX a certain web page (includes page name, title, keywords and description)
    N IS FOR...

    • NETWORK -- a system of CONNECTED computers exchanging information with each other

    • NEWBIE -- a new USER of any medium such as the internet, newsgroups, e-mail, etc.

    • NEWSGROUP -- similar to a discussion group usually concentrating on one topic

    • NEWSREADER -- usually provided with your e-mail program and allows you to VIEW and participate in discussions
    O IS FOR...

    • ONLINE -- when you are CONNECTED to the internet
    P IS FOR...

    • PAGE -- a single page on a web site

    • POST -- to SEND a message to a mailing list or newsgroup
    R IS FOR...

    • REFRESH -- used by your browser to check for UPDATES to a web site page that may be stored on your computer; also known as RELOAD

    • ROBOT -- a program that automatically searches the World Wide Web for files; also known as a SPIDER
    S IS FOR...

    • SEARCH engine -- a tool for FINDING information on the internet such as Webcrawler

    • SHAREWARE -- free SOFTWARE usually downloaded from the internet

    • SIGNATURE -- a file created by you that is added to the END of all your e-mail messages giving information about you and your business

    • SITE -- a single or collection of related Web pages

    • SPAM -- unwanted and sometimes ILLEGAL messages sent to you usually promoting a get rich quick scheme or pornography

    • SUBSCRIBE -- to become a MEMBER of a newsgroup, listserv, internet provider service, etc.
    T IS FOR...

    • THREAD -- a group of messages on one topic
    U IS FOR...

    • UPLOAD -- copying a file from your local computer and sending or loading it to a REMOTE computer

    • URL -- Uniform Resource Locator; the method by which Internet sites are ADDRESSED


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