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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2006 3:41 pm    Post subject: Blogging terms ??? Reply with quote


Later this month i will have to do a project on modifying some blog templates for a blog software company.

I am a bit ashamed but i haven't been following the latest developments in the "blogosphere".

Can somebody tell me what a trackback url is and all these other terms like "digg" "cosmos" "reblog" etc. etc.

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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2006 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, according to wikipedia;

Automated form of podcasting that allows bloggers and blog readers to generate audio versions of text blogs from RSS feeds.

A blog where the posts consist mainly of voice recordings sent by mobile phone, sometimes with some short text message added for metadata purposes. (cf. podcasting)

The audience, or readership, of a blog

A blog focusing on commentary about the law, generally written by a law professor, law student, or lawyer. A portmanteau of "blog" and "law."

A blog entry consisting of a request to the readers, such as for information or contributions. A portmanteau of "blog" and "beg". Also called "Lazyweb."

Blog carnival
A blog article that contains links to other articles covering a specific topic. Most blog carnivals are hosted by a rotating list of frequent contributors to the carnival, and serve to both generate new posts by contributors and highlight new bloggers posting matter in that subject area.
Blog client
(weblog client) is software to manage (post, edit) blogs from operating system with no need to launch a web browser. A typical blog client has an editor, a spell-checker and a few more options that simplify content creation and editing.

On BlogDay (August 31st every year), bloggers from all over the world post a recommendation of 5 new blogs, preferably, blogs different from their own culture, point of view and attitude. On this day, blog surfers will find themselves leaping and discovering new, unknown blogs, celebrating the discovery of new people and new bloggers.

Person who runs a blog. Also blogger.com, a popular blog hosting web site. Rarely: weblogger.

Blog Farm
A website constructed from a group of linked weblogs, typically with the main blog aggregating the total content/acting as a gateway.

One of the most popular blog awards.

Blog feed
The XML-based file in which the blog hosting software places a machine-readable version of the blog so that it may be "syndicated" for further distribution on the web. Formats such as RSS and Atom are used to structure the XML file.

Blog hopping
to follow links from one blog entry to another, with related side-trips to various articles, sites, discussion forums, and more.

A portmanteau of "blog" and "logorrhea", meaning excessive and/or incoherent talkativeness in a weblog.

A list of blogs. A blogger features a list of his favorite blogs in the sidebar of his blog.

All blogs, or the blogging community. Also called blogistan or, more rarely, blogspace.

Blog site
The web location (URL) of a blog, which may be either a dedicated domain, a sub-domain, or embedded within a web site.

Sometimes confused with a simple blog or blog site, but a blogsite is a web site which combines blog feeds from a variety of sources, as well as non-blog sources, and adds significant value over the raw blog feeds.

A person who refuses to respond to comments on their blog from people outside their circle of friends.

When a large amount of activity, information and opinion erupts around a particular subject or controversy in the blogosphere, it is sometimes called a blogstorm or blog swarm.

A play on the term mainstream that references the alternative news and information network growing up around weblogs and user driven content mechanisms. Can also be used as a play on the phrase "thought-stream", referring to the stream of consciousness as exprssed through a weblog.

Pioneered by Blogger.com, BlogThis links on a blog allow the reader to automatically generate a blog entry based on the blog entry he/she is reading, and post to his/her blog.

A blogger who exhibits adolescent tendencies and lacks basic social graces or good manners.

Comment spam
Like e-mail spam. Robot “spambots” flood a blog with advertising in the form of bogus comments. A serious problem that requires bloggers and blog platforms to have tools to exclude some users or ban some addresses in comments.

Dark Blog
A non-public blog (e.g. behind a firewall)

A portmanteau of "fake" and "blog". A blog that's ghostwritten by someone, such as in the marketing department.

A first-person recording of an activity, in which the person doing the recording is a participant in the activity.

A spike in traffic due to a link from Instapundit, a [portmanteau] of 'Instapundit' and 'avalanche'. Similar to being Slashdotted.

aka "knowledge log", a type of blog usually used by knowledge workers and posted on a company intranet for sharing company knowlegde.

Term for blogs written by members or veterans of any branch of service - Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marines. A contraction of military and blog.

A portmanteau of "mobile" and "blog". A blog featuring posts sent mainly by mobile phone, using SMS or MMS messages. They are often photoblogs.

Term to encompass blogs written by mothers. A portmanteau of "mom" and "blogosphere".

Creating, maintaining, and running multiple blogs (2 or more) simultaneously.

An individual, business, or institution that runs multiple blogs.

Permanent link. The unique URL of a single post. Use this when you want to link to a post somewhere.

A blog mostly containing photos, posted constantly and chronologically.

The alert in the TrackBack system that notifies the original poster of a blog post when someone else writes an entry concerning the original post.

Political blog - blog containing mainly politically-oriented material.

Contraction of “iPod” and “broadcasting” (but not for iPods only). Posting audio and video material on a blog and its RSS feed, for digital players.

RSS aggregator
Software or online service allowing a blogger to read an RSS feed, especially the latest posts on his favourite blogs. Also called a reader, or feedreader.

RSS feed
The file containing a blog’s latest posts. It is read by an RSS aggregator/reader and shows at once when a blog has been updated. It may contain only the title of the post, the title plus the first few lines of a post, or the entire post.

Term to encompass blogs written by professional and aspiring screenwriters. A portmanteau of "scribe" and "blogosphere".

Weblogs to produce shocking discussions by posting various shocking content.

Spam blog
A blog which is composed of spam. A Spam blog or "any blog whose creator doesn't add any written value."

The Slashdot effect can hit blogs or other website, and is caused by a major website (usually Slashdot, but also Digg, Metafilter, Boing Boing and others) sending huge amounts of temporary traffic that often slow down the server.

A term used to refer to a 'spam blog', made popular in 2005 by Mark Cuban.

A system that allows a blogger to see who has seen the original post and has written another entry concerning it. The system works by sending a 'ping' between the blogs, and therefore providing the alert.

A commenter whose sole purpose is to attack the views expressed on a blog and incite a flamewar, for example, a liberal going to a conservative blog, or vice versa. The word trolling means literally 'to fish', ie. when the troll fishes for a clashback from the blog writer and/or pro commentors. Many trolls will leave their remarks on multiple posts and continue to visit the blog, sparking spirited debate amongst the blog's regular readers. Trolls' verbosity can range from eloquent to crass, although most trolls probably fall into the latter category. Originally, trolling only meant the custom where someone was commenting just to get a flamewar going, by using exaggarated points of view not held by themselves.

A video blog; a vlogger is a video blogger (e.g. someone who records himself interviewing people of a certain field).

A marriage between the words forage and video defined as "The act of foraging for video on the internet and sharing it with others." Bloggers or vloggers who share streaming or downloaded video content on the web often engage in voraging, scouring search engines and obscure websites to present a curated collection of videos that usually fall within a set theme or editorial perspective.
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2006 2:58 pm    Post subject: Hey deejay Reply with quote

He deejay !

So what about digg, cosmos, reblog and blogosphere ?

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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2006 3:36 pm    Post subject: mmm Reply with quote

Hi Greenman,

yeah you got a point; i forgot some of them.

You might encounter these social bookmarking services, as reviewed in another post on this forum.

Post to Del.icio.us - world famous social bookmarking service

Seed This Post - web 2 news reviewing service

Send to Digg - Digg is a technology news website that employs non-hierarchical editorial control. With digg, users submit stories for review, but rather than allowing an editor to decide which stories go on the homepage, the users do.

Save on Furl - social bookmarking like Del.icio.us

Add to My Web 2.0 - yahoo's social bookmarking

Ma.gnolia - Social bookmarking service

Cosmos is a term from blog company technorati; this is what consumingexperience has to say about it;


"Cosmos" is Technorati speak for "the blogs which link to a particular URL". So the Technorati cosmos for your blog comprises all the blogs that link to your blog, found by searching for your blog's URL on Technorati. You can see the list for my blog, for example, by clicking the "Cosmos" link (the blue bubble icon) at the bottom of my sidebar, or by clicking here. Similarly, the cosmos for a post will be all the blog posts that link to that particular post, again found by searching on Technorati for the post's permalink (the unique URL for the post's individual webpage). Many posts may not get linked to as such, but for one example you can go to what's been my most visited (and linked to) post so far - my intro to Technorati tags - and click the Cosmos link at the top of that post.

Yes, you could find out a blog or post's cosmos by going to Technorati and typing the URL in the search box there, but isn't it much more convenient to provide a link so that people (including you!) can do that search with just one click from your main blog page or individual post page?

To add a Cosmos search for your blog, just put this code in your template wherever you want it (at the top of your main page maybe or, as in my case, in the sidebar). It's Blogger-specific but with other blogging platforms you can just change "<$BlogURL$>" to your blog's URL (or whatever platform-specific code represents your main blog URL).

Reblog: http://www.reblog.org/ is an easy way to maintain a blog without actually contributing to it.

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