A guide to 5 popular social media terms

Social media is something that is present in most of our lives, whether we like it or not. Unfortunately, many of us still have no idea what most of the terms associated with social media mean. This simple guide can reduce some of that uncertainty by explaining some of the more common social media terms.

1. Tag

Tag is one of those words that may refer to a number of different things, depending on how it’s used. Often, a tag refers to the use of a keyword in a blog or other post. These keywords help ensure that search engines relate your post to the relevant topics.

Tag can also refer to the action of tagging people in pictures or posts. When Facebook photo tagging first started, it allowed you to tag your friends in pictures. Now it includes facial recognition, and you can even tag Brand/Product Pages in your photos.

The newest form of tagging actually refers to mentioning friends in your posts and status updates. Now, if you tag them in your updates, they will be notified of your post and it will show up on their wall for all of their other friends to see.

2. Troll

Here, a troll does not refer to a little toy with neon hair and a jewel for a belly button. A troll, in social media terms, is a person who uses social media as a way to aggravate people. They often make taunting or offensive posts in order to cause anger.

3. Friend

We all know what a friend is in the conventional sense, but in social media it can be used as a verb. When you add a person as a friend over a social network, many users refer to this as “friending” someone.

4. Stream

Stream is another one of those double-meaning terms, depending on how it is used. Stream can refer either to someone’s Twitter or Facebook home page that contains updates and posts from everybody in their social network. It can also refer to receiving a constant stream of information, often in the form of a webcast.

5. At mention

At mentions, or @ mentions, are used on Twitter and they are quite similar to Facebook’s new tagging system for status updates. This allows you to mention someone in your Tweet and notify him or her of your post.

Although social media terms can easily become hazy, the purpose of this guide is to help clear them up. If you’d like an even more extensive guide to social media terms take a look at this article.

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