Coming to Terms with the New Terminology

For this week’s blog, I thought an interesting subject to write about would be the extensive glossary of social media terminology that exists today. I personally wouldn’t mind a refresher, and I’m certain that many newer social media users might appreciate the breakdown!

As social media evolved, the new communications tool has ultimately allowed users to create something of a new language over the years. Many new words, confusing acronyms, lots of jargons and of course the emoji. For those who grew up with social media, this terminology may feel very basic, but as I mentioned before, those who are new (or are actively learning the platforms) may find that this blog showcases words they’ve never heard of before!

There are hundreds, if not thousands of social media definitions in existence, so for the sake of maintaining this blog’s light-read consistency, I’m just going to list a few (25) must-know terms that I believe will assist in the confusing new language. The majority of the following list of terms and definitions were written by Meg Carpenter and can be found on the site talkwalker.

AIArtificial Intelligence refers to intelligence exhibited by machines, i.e., cognitive functions that we associate with human minds.

Alerts – Notifications that are sent to your device to alert/keep you up to date on

AMAAsk Me Anything

DM – A Direct Message is a message that is sent directly/privately to another user.

Emoji – A small digital image or icon used to express an idea, emotion, etc.

F2F or P2P – Face to Face / Person to Person

Feed/Gallery/Album – A collection of images posted in your profile.

Filters – A photo editing tool that allows you to either use standard, preexisting filters and/or adjust exposure, color balance, contrast, and different frames. There is also a manual editing feature.

Follower – Similar to a fan relationship or a Twitter follow, followers are allowed to see posts without having the relationship approved.

Friend – A connection between two personal profiles.

FOMOFear of Missing Out

Handle – Your @username on Twitter (e.g. @ElyssaDziwak)

Hashtag – (#) Hashtags are used in front of words or short phrases to provide context, and allows users to connect with others and find images based on a common word. Using hashtags to categorize information, makes it easier for users to find.

ICYMIIn Case You Missed It

Influencer – A social media user who has the potential to reach a relevant audience, large or small, and create awareness about a trend, topic, brand, or product.

Like – A button that users press to show that they like that particular piece of content.

News Feed – Updates influenced by your friends, groups, subscribed pages and activity.

Post/Tweet – On Twitter, the content you upload and share is called a “tweet.” Everywhere else it’s called a post. Reactions – An extension of the Like button for expressing emotions: Like, Love, Haha, Wow, Sad and Angry.

Share – This is your goal when you’re using social media – to spread your thoughts, message, products, brand awareness, and company voice with users.

Social Networking – Socializing in an online community.

Tag – Tagging is a social media functionality, most often used on Facebook and Instagram. It lets users link back to the profile of the person/organization shown in the photo or targeted by the update.

Thread – Beginning with an original post, a thread is the conversation and comments that follow.

Traffic – Visitors to your website.

Trending Topic (or just “Trending”) – The most talked about topics and hashtags on social media.

Viral – When a piece of content achieves noteworthy awareness and spreads like wildfire all over the internet.

There are so many more definitions related to social media that exist, but this lengthy list touches upon some of the most commonly used phrases and acronyms.

For personal use, knowing this type of terminology isn’t required but it sure does help clear some confusion when scrolling through feeds. For businesses, online self-image and professionality, staying up-to-date with information such as this is required in order to survive in a communications-based field.

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One thought on “Coming to Terms with the New Terminology”

  1. Wow, this blog is honestly so relatable and trendy! This is a perfect social media terminology 101 guide. Older individuals would find this resourceful and informative. Personally, as a college student I knew majority of the lingo but it was very interesting to learn new words. For example, AMA stands for ‘ask me anything’ but I was unaware of that till now! Thank you so much for expanding my social media vocabulary. I definitely want to forward this to my mother. Since she once believed LOL meant ‘lots of love’. This is great work and I enjoyed reading it!

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