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Do You Speak Social Media?

The latest edition of The New Oxford American Dictionary includes a number of new words that originated online, like microblogging, tweetup, and defriend. Is social media in your vocabulary?
Here is a glossary of terms that every eLawyer ought to know:

Blog – a regularly updated online journal that typically contains comments by readers and links to other sites

Cloud Computing – Internet-based computing where applications and other resources are hosted on remote computers and accessed online

Crowdsourcing – the act of outsourcing tasks to a large group of people or a community, often online

Digg – a popular social news site that lets people discover and share content from anywhere on the Web

Facebook – the most popular social networking site in the world, with more than 200 million members. Fan The Sociable Lawyer on Facebook!

Feed – a web or RSS feed allows content distributors to regularly syndicate content to subscribers. Subscribe to The Sociable Lawyer blog feed!

Flickr – a website for sharing and storing photos

Hashtag – a community driven naming convention. Twitter users often use hashtags to share insights during professional conferences (ex. #ABAannual)

LinkedIn – a social networking platform for professional networking

Microblogging – the act of broadcasting short messages online. Twitter entries, for example, are limited to 140 characters. Follow The Sociable Lawyer on Twitter!

News Reader – (sometimes called a feed reader, RSS reader or news aggregator) gathers the news from multiple blogs or news sites via feeds selected by the user, allowing  the user to access all his or her news from a single site or program. Google Reader is a popular example.

Podcast – a series of digital media files (either audio or video) that are released episodically and often downloaded through web syndication.

Search Engine Marketing – (SEM) – is a series of online tactics that, when combined with SEO, helps to attract customers, generate brand awareness and build trust. SEM (sometimes called search marketing) seeks to increase websites’ visibility chiefly through the purchase of pay-per-click ads and paid inclusion

Search Engine Optimization – (SEO) – the process of arranging your website to give it the best chance of appearing near the top of search engine rankings. As an Internet marketing strategy, SEO considers how search engines work and what people search for. Optimizing a website primarily involves editing its content, identifying high-traffic keywords and improving the site’s layout and design.

Social Media – works of user-created video, audio, text or multimedia that are published and shared in a social environment, such as a blog, podcast, forum, wiki or video hosting site. More broadly, social media refers to any online technology that lets people publish, converse and share content online.

Tag Cloud – a visual representation of the popularity of the tags or descriptions that people are using on a blog or website. Popular tags are often shown in a large type and less popular tags in smaller type.

Keyword Tags – keywords added to a blog post, photo or video to help users find related topics or media, either through browsing on the site or as a term to make your entry more relevant to search engines.

Tweet – a post on Twitter.

Tweet Up – an event organized using twitter, often via hashtags like #sociablelawyer

Twitter – a popular microblogging service. Follow The Sociable Lawyer on Twitter!

UGC – User-Generated Content – refers to all forms of user-created materials such as blog posts, reviews, podcasts, videos, comments and more.

Virtual Law Office – technology that allows an attorney sign, share and store legal documents, and otherwise practice law online. Rocket Lawyer is a popular example.

For more insights into social media for lawyers, subscribe to The Sociable Lawyer blog, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Sociable Lawyer thanks Socialbrite for help compiling this list.

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