At a recent national conference on nonprofit technology, several words and terms were explained for the benefit of those unfamiliar with them.
Among the words:
- RSS. A format for storing online information in a way that makes that information readable on different kinds of software.
- Aggregation. Gathering information from multiple Web sites, typically via RSS.
- Blog. Originally short for “weblog,” a Web page that contains entries in reverse chronological order. An easy way for people to maintain a constantly updated Web presence.
- Blogroll. A list of recommended sites that appears in the sidebar of a blog.
- Mashup. A Web service or software tool that combines two or more tools to create a whole new service.
- Moblogging. Short for “mobile blogging,” refers to posting blog updates from remote or mobile equipment, such as a cell phone or camera phone.
- Newsreader. A device that gathers the news from multiple blogs or news sites via RSS, allowing readers to access all their news from a single Web site or program.
- RSS feeds. A constantly updated version of the site’s latest content, in a form that be read by a newsreader or aggregator.