Understanding Social Media Lingo
Lisa Bonsall
Lorry Schoenly

Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association
June 2012 
Volume 4  Number 3
Pages 195 - 196
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If you are new to social media, you may be overwhelmed by new terms, phrases, abbreviations, and characters. At first glance, a tweet or status update might look like a different language. Use the following cheat-sheet to help you understand the basics.@ - Precedes a Twitter username. Example:@ JournaloftheDNAAPP - An application or Web page made specifically for a portable device.ASYNCHRONOUS - Ongoing communication over time without individuals being present during the same time. Example: e-mail, forum posts, and discussion boardsAVATAR - Online graphical image or likeness used by the author to represent himself or herself in social media profiles and posts.BLOG - Shortened form of Web log, an online journal-may not be edited or peer reviewed.BLOGROLL - List of recommended or featured blogs.BOOKMARKING - Saving the Web address of desired content to a browser or Internet site for further uses.CHAT - Real-time conversation among two or more people.CIRCLE - Customized groups in Google+;

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