Social Networking Terms
By: Nestor Flores
Troll A person who posts comments just to get a rise out of people and cause a distraction. This person may say something rude, assert incorrect information, or ask questions unrelated to the topic at hand.
Avatar A virtual representation of yourself. The term usually refers to a virtual image.
Flame War A heated argument in a social media outlet such as a web forum, mailing list or chat room, in which intentionally insulting comments and personal attacks become a focus of conversation.
Screen Name Sometimes called a user name, is a virtual name that is used to identify users of a website where social media is a component. This should not be your real name but you can use a nickname or a pseudonym.
Flamebait A comment posted by someone trying to provoke a flame, or an angry response.
Dooced Occurs when someone loses their job because of something they posted on a blog or social networking site.
Sockpuppet A fake identity that someone creates and uses to deceive others for some kind of personal gain. On most websites it is possible to have more than one account, so it is easy to create several fake identities.
Posts Content that people publish on websites involving social media, such as blogs, newsgroups, and forums. These are available to everyone who has access to the site. You do not always have the option to change or delete it. It is an instantly public representation of you or your online identity.
Chats Live, online conversations. You can talk with people in rooms or by using an instant messaging service. Unlike having a conversation with someone out loud, everything you write can easily be saved and shared with others. Think before you press send!
Meme Something that has gone viral, or spread rapidly around the internet, such as a catchphrase, hoax, topic, concept or piece of media. Can you identify some commonly used catchphrases: yolo, hashtag