A to Z of Social Media – Chawm Ganguly

It’s a thriving, expanding new universe out there and those who are still uninitiated will do well to catch up with the terms. For, read my lips, sooner or later we will have to migrate to the new world. These are by no means the definitive guide to the alphabets and I have just randomly listed as they came to my mind. Otherwise, how can I justify missing out Gmail, Apple, Yahoo, You Tube Stumble Upon and the like?
This is just me and my random rumblings. Take them like they are, warts, blemishes, et all:
A is for Avataar – an image or identity that represents one’s online presence in a social network.
B is for Blog – an online journal normally maintained by individuals.
C is for chat – a chat can be any kind of communication in the internet, but commonly refers to one to one texted conversation using a messenger service.
D is for Digg – a social media news service that allows readers to vote articles. Those with the most votes get seen by the maximum.
E is for Eventbrite – a facebook integrated online event management and ticketing service which allows one to promote events online and generate more sales.
F is naturally for Facebook – is the largest social networking site in the world and allows users to add friends, become friends of friends, post their profiles and pictures, update their status and generally keep in touch.
G is for Google + – which aims to make sharing on the web more like sharing in real life. There are Circles, Events and Hangouts in which users can take their caring and sharing to the next level.
H is for Hi5 – which is aimed at the youth. A social networking site driven by fun and entertainment to maximize the social media experience.
I is for Instagram – is a free photo-sharing program and social network that was launched in October 2010. The service enables users to take a photo, apply a digital filter to it, and then share it with other Instagram users they are connected to on the social network as well as on a variety of social networking services. A distinctive feature is that it confines photos to a square shape, similar to Kodak Instamatic and Polaroid images, in contrast to the 4:3 aspect ratio typically used by mobile device cameras.
J is for Joomla – which is a open source content management system which allows users to create websites and other online apps. Its ease of use is the key to its popularity.
K is for Klout – which is a score developed from one’s social following, influence, reach – predominantly based on Twitter but increasingly being used to gauge one’s social standing.
L is for Like – the social networks stamp of approval. Friends can “like” in facebook which makes it visible to all the friends in the list, who can in turn press their like buttons, with the potential of taking it viral.
M is for Mashable – one of the most popular blogs in the world, it is a news source for all things social media.
N is for Newsvine – similar to Digg, users can submit stories, get them voted and be seen / read by others.
O is for Orkut – a Google offering it is a social media platform for networking.
P is for Printerest – one of the fastest growing networks with the ability to pin interesting graphic content. It offers a visual way to capture and display ones brand essence with its simplicity driving its fascinating growth.
Q is for Qik – an online video streaming service that lets users to stream video live from their mobile phones to the Web.
R is for Real Time Search – the concept of searching for and finding information online as it is produced. Advancements in search technology coupled with the growing use of social media enable online activities to be queried as they occur.
S is for Skype – a free program that enables text, audio, and video chats between users. Millions of individuals and businesses use Skype to make free video and voice calls, send instant messages, and share files with other Skype users.
T is for Tweetup – an organized or impromptu gathering of people that use Twitter.
U is for User-generated content –that refers to all material created by the “public”. It can be comments on a blog post, videos uploaded to You Tube or any form of interaction in a company’s facebook fan page.
V is for viral marketing – a marketing campaign that is so popular that it literally goes viral. The social media is often used to unleash viral campaigns.
W is for WordPress – the most popular content management system for bloggers. It is open source and can be hosted (WordPress.com) or un-hosted (WordPress.org).
X is for Xing – is a social software platform for enabling a small-world network for professionals.
Y is for Yelp – a social network and local search Web site that provides users with a platform to review, rate, and discuss local businesses. Over 31 million people access Yelp each month, putting it in the top 150 U.S. Internet websites.Z is for Zoho – a suite of online Web applications geared towards business productivity and collaboration.