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Glossary Of Terms

Not sure of the meaning of a word on this website? Below is a list of the most common terms used on this site. Some terms may have various meanings depend on the context used but in this case we are only referring to the "Internet" meaning rather than the "actual" meaning.

 
Avatar   An image representing a user in a multi-user or virtual reality type environment.
Blog or Weblog   A blog (short for "web log") is a type of website that serves as a publicly accessible personal journal (or log) for an individual and these days, also for communication in professional, political, news and other specialized web communities.
Display Picture   Similar to avatar a display picture is also an image representing a user in a multi-user environment but is commonly used in a instant messenger environment.
Download   To transfer a file from a remote computer to a local computer, usually via a network.
Emoticon   A series of keyed characters used especially in instant messenger programs and email to indicate an emotion, such as pleasure :) or sadness :(.
Forum   An Internet message board where users can post messages regarding one or more topics of discussion.
Instant Messenger   A computer application which allows instant text communication between two or more people through a network such as the Internet.
IM   An acronym for Instant Messenger. Popular instant messenger programs include MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, AOL Messenger and ICQ.
Link   The URL imbedded in another document, so that if you click on the highlighted text or button referring to the link, you retrieve the outside URL.
Sponsor   An advertiser on a page promoting their product or service which is generally relevant to the context of the page.
Wallpaper   The term wallpaper or desktop wallpaper refers to an image used as a background on a computer screen, usually for the desktop of a graphical user interface.
 
 


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