By : Jhaira E. Gonzales
College of Education
University of Sto. Tomas
E-mail (electronic mail) is the exchange of computer-stored
messages by telecommunication. (Some publications spell it email;
we prefer the currently more established spelling of e-mail.)
It's hard to remember what our lives were like without e-mail.
Ranking up there with the Web as one of the most useful features
of the Internet, e-mail has become one of today's standard means
of communication. Billions of messages are sent each year. If
you're like most people these days, you probably have more than
one e-mail address. After all, the more addresses you have, the
more sophisticated you look...
The term "wiki" comes from the Hawaiian phrase, "wiki wiki,"
which means "super fast.“
A wiki is a Web site that allows users to add and update content
on the site using their own Web browser. This is made possible by
Wiki software that runs on the Web server. Wikis end up being
created mainly by a collaborative effort of the site visitors. A great
example of a large wiki is the Wikipedia, a free encyclopedia in
many languages that anyone can edit.
It is tagging a website and saving it for later. Instead of
saving them to your web browser, you are saving them to
the web. And, because your bookmarks are online, you
can easily share them with friends.
"Hyper-Text Markup Language.“
Also known as hypertext documents, Web pages must conform to
the rules of HTML in order to be displayed correctly in a Web
browser. The HTML syntax is based on a list of tags that describe
the page's format and what is displayed on the Web page.
“PODCAST" combines the terms iPod and broadcast into a
single catchy word. As the name suggests, podcasts are audio and
video broadcasts that can be played on an iPod. However, because
podcasts are downloaded using Apple iTunes and can be played
directly within the program, you don't actually need an iPod to
listen to a podcast.
A digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading
to a computer or portable media player, typically available as a
series, new instalments of which can be received by subscribers
"Voice Over Internet Protocol" and is often pronounced "voip.“
VoIP is basically a telephone connection over the Internet. The
data is sent digitally, using the Internet Protocol (IP) instead of
analog telephone lines. This allows people to talk to one another
long-distance and around the world without having to pay long
distance or international phone charges.
To participate with others, through the Internet, in a realtime conversation in a chatroom by typing one's contributions
to the topics under discussion on one's computer and reading others„
typed contributions on one's screen.
WWW refers to the World Wide Web or simply the Web.
It is important to know that this is not a synonym for the
Internet. The World Wide Web, or just "the Web," as ordinary
people call it, is a subset of the Internet.
Data streaming, commonly seen in the forms of audio
and video streaming, is when a multimedia file can be
played back without being completely downloaded first.
Short for "Web Log”
A website, similar to an online journal, that includes
chronological entries made by individuals. Blogs typically focus on
a specific subject (economy, entertainment, news, etc.)
and provide users with forums (or a comment area) to talk about
each posting. Many people use blogs as they would a personal
journal or diary.
Social networking websites allow users to be part of a virtual
The two most popular sites are currently Facebook and
MySpace. These websites provide users with simple tools to create
a custom profile with text and pictures. A typical profile includes
basic information about the user, at least one photo, and possibly
a blog or other comments published by the user.
"Uniform Resource Locator”
A URL is the address of a specific Web site or file on
the Internet. It cannot have spaces or certain other
characters and uses forward slashes to denote different
A continuous transmission of data, consisting
of news updates, to web sites through a syndicated
news service provider. Subscribers receive the news
feed, also known as a web feed, as summaries or links that
refer the user back to the original news source.