Archive for the ‘S’ Category

Social Media

October 18, 2008

Social media is part of Web 2.0 and refers to content that is created and rated by users.

Social media includes but is not limited to:

  • social networking – personal or business (eg MySpace, facebook, LinkedIn)
  • video sites
  • forums
  • blogging
  • podcasts
  • folksonomies (categorisation by consumers and creators rather than using traditional taxonomies)

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Social Networking

November 7, 2007

Social networking websites are online communities where users can create webpages or mini websites and link these to others who have the same interests and are on the same network. The best-known social networks are currently Facebook, Bebo and MySpace.

Social networking sites initially became popular with bands, musicians and film makers who wanted to build a fan base, sometimes while avoiding big businesses such as record companies. However now such networks are increasingly used by businesses specifically to reach particular demographics.

Although often seen as a youth phenomenon, older people are particularly active users of online networking sites.

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Universal Search / Blended Search

October 29, 2007

Universal search has been developed by Google to allow users to search many types of web content and online media using only one search tool – and receive one set of search results.

Universal search integrates results from all types of search – for example of web pages, images, maps and directions, videos, news, books etc. Depending on the original search request, a list of contextual links may also appear, allowing the user to access deeper content immediately.

Other search engines have also developed their own forms of blended search.

There is more information of universal search on the Google Blog, along with examples of searches that illustrate the capabilities of universal search.

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Surfing

September 10, 2007

Surfing is simply the action of wandering around the web, visiting sites that you come across and look interesting, rather than searching the web with a specific website or action as a goal.

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Softphone

September 2, 2007

A softphone is a piece of software which enables a user to make phone calls via a computer using voice over IP (VoIP). Softphones can make calls to standard phones, mobile phones, and other some other softphones. However not all softphone applications can call other softphone applications.

With most softphone applications, you simply dial a number using your keyboard or click numbers on an image of a real phone that appears on your screen. When using a softphone you can use a headset or a special phone handset.

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Spyware

August 21, 2007

Spyware is software that installs itself on your pc without your knowledge. Spyware may take the form of adware (showing pop-up ads on your PC) or it may be more sinister, tracking personal information including credit card details.

Users may accidentally infect their PCs with spyware after downloading it accidentally with programs they do want such freeware or peer to peer programmes.

As well as tracking your data, spyware can slow up your PC as it uses up bandwidth – particularly if it is sending information from your PC on to someone else.

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Streaming

August 11, 2007

Streaming is the continuous downloading of a data file that can be viewed before it has finished downloading. As many people do not have broadband fast enough to download very large multimedia files from websites in one go, streaming allows the user to start watching the file before it has finished downloading.

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SMTP – Simple Mail Transfer Protocol

July 18, 2007

SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) is an email protocol. It converts an email message into a standard format, and is often used for sending email (from the sender’s computer to the recipient’s email server, or to another staging post on that journey).

Once the email message is at the destination mail server, another email protocol such as Pop3 will often then retrieve and download email from an email server for the recipient’s email client.

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Ethernet Switch

July 13, 2007

An Ethernet switch allows you to send data to specific computers on your local area network (LAN) rather than to all. It will “read” a data packet, work out where it is meant to be going and send it on only to its intended recipient. It can enable transmission of data between several pairs of computers at the same time, at high speeds.

A LAN based on Ethernet switches will be faster and more secure than one based on an Ethernet hub. This is because with a hub, any data sent is transmitted to all PCs in the network. This slows down the network. Additionally, if two computers in the LAN try to send data at the same time, it causes a collision – and all computers on the network then go through a specific routine to fix it – again, causing speed reductions.

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Anti-Virus Software

June 19, 2007

Anti-virus software protects your computer from malicious code such as worms, trojans and viruses – whether in emails, downloads, and websites.

It is essential that a computer has up-to-date virus software running before a user goes onto the internet.

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