Reblogs and Retweets and Hashtags and More!

The Internet lexicon seems to change daily.   We are constantly swamped with new words, made-up terms, babble, and strange abbreviations.  As part of Homepreneurs’ educational effort, this post defines some commonly used terms.

-          Reblog – (reblogged, rebloggable) – used with blog hosts like WordPress and tumblr, allows bloggers to publish (repost) the content of another user’s post with reference that the content of the repost is a “reblog” from another user.  Reblogs are a way to build up one’s own blog content while building links and improving SEO.

Reblogs often have brief notes attached by the reblogger indicating context or opinion of the reblogged post.

-          Retweet – (retweeted, RT) – similar to a reblog, a retweet is used in Twitter.  For example, a post by User A which was considered notable or unique by another Twitter user, User B, was copied by User B and reposted under User B’s account and preceded with “RT @username”, with “RT” meaning “retweet”.

Tweetmeme, Topsy and other third-party websites provide information about currently-trending posts, hashtags, users and lists utilizing the Retweet protocol.

-          Hashtags (#) – used on Twitter, tumblr, Pinterest, YouTube, and Google+.  Hashtags are mostly used as ad-hoc discussion forums; any combination of characters led by a pound sign is a hashtag, and any hashtag can “trend” and attract more individual users to discussion using the hashtag.  Hashtag comments can precede a Tweet or follow it.

For example, on Twitter at this moment,  trending topics include: #bealeader,  #b2bchat, #TrueFactsAboutMe.  A Twitter user might “tweet” “#TrueFactsAboutMe when I’m really mad, I cry” (@feefizzle) or “I’m not “normal” and I think it’s good #TrueFactsAboutMe”(@Mezgrman)

-          At sign (@) – “located at” –  a symbol usually used to identify a user and email domain, homepreneurs@gmail.com.  Also used to identify and search for a twitter user: @homepreneurs, @NASA .  www.twitter.com/homepreneurs, www.twitter.com/nasa

-          Viral – used on the Internet, a video, quote, picture, web pages, texts or emails that becomes instantly famous or infamous.    Viral marketing is a buzzword  referring to marketing techniques that use social networks and other technologies to produce increases in brand awareness.  The “Shake Weight” is an example of an infomercial that went viral.

If there are other terms you don’t understand and would like defined, please put them in comments.

By Dion D. Shaw

Dion D. Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs

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