Glossary

What is a: Description
API Application Programming Interface allows developers to create plugins or application to connect to sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr etc.
Cookie A tiny file set from a web server and stored by your browser on your computer. The main use for cookies is to provide customised Web pages according to the files’ contents. This is often how some web pages appear to “know” who you are when you go back to them.
DM Direct Message – a term usually used on Twitter. Similar to “private” email between twitter followers.
Encryption A method of scrambling information, to make it unreadable to anyone looking at it who does not have the proper keys to “unlock” the code used.
Facebook Chat Facebooks’ instant messaging platform.
Facebook Connect An API that allows users to login to external websites using their Facebook account details
Facebook Docs Facebook application that allows users to create and share Microsoft Office documents between your Facebook friends.
Facebook Groups A way of pulling together a number of Facebook users into a community forum intended to discuss a particular common topic.
Facebook Messages Effectively internal Facebook email, used to send email like messages to other Facebook users.
Facebook Notes Similar to a blog within your Facebook profile. Allowing you to use tags and images.
IP Address Internet Protocol address or number. A unique number made up of 4 parts separated by dots, (like 201.161.045.190) that identifies machines on the internet.
OAuth A security protocol (method) used by some site to secure your login connection and/or session on that site.
Poke A “nudge” to attract the attention of another Facebook user.
Promoted Tweets Promoted Tweets are ordinary Tweets that advertisers pay to highlight to a wider group of users.
Search Engine A tool used to find information on the internet. Like Google, Bing or Yahoo.
Social Engineering A tac-tic used by conmen, hackers or anyone for malicious purposes. It involves them getting information about you or a topic from you, that you are unwittingly giving away or don’t realise that you are doing.
URL Uniform Resource Locator. The unique address of any Web page or site. Its what you type into your web browser when you want to open a web page.
Wall Your visible space within Facebook where users can leave messages and links for you and your friends to see.
Web Browser The application you use to visit web pages and internet sites on your computer, tablet or phone etc. Like, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome or Opera etc.
Web Server A computer connected to the internet that stores web pages and other applications, that you can see and use through your web browser or other applications on your computer.
XFBML A specific variant of the XML programming language, used for adding Facebook features with a minimal amount of code writing.

Leave a Reply