Techno Babble "Cheat Sheet" for Social Media Beginners

Mortgage and Lending with Equity Resources NMLS 67179 Licensed in NC

I taught a class yesterday for folks who are basically new to Social Media, and one of the things that Social Media has it's own languagestruck me is their need to understand the LANGUAGE of Social Media. 

It's hard to be part of a conversation, if you don't understand half of the words that people are talking about!  As I think back to my initial immersion into this "stuff," I know my husband thought I was having an affair because I was spending so much time with my Laptop! LOL! All I was trying to do was figure out what people were talking about!

I am NOT the most technically advanced among us, and so if I'm making a Technical "mistake" with any of these terms - LET ME KNOW!  If I leave out any terms you think folks should know, AGAIN, please let me know!

Having said that - here's my "Cheat Sheet" for "Techno Babble" (Figured it might be useful for REBarCampRDU!)

Activerain is all about Real EstateActiverain:  Activerain is a blogging platform used by over 162,000 real estate professionals.  The site htis over 2 million views a month, has over one million blog posts, and on some days they add over 1700 posts! (Brad is the Man!)

Aggregators: These are websites that generally list headlines found on the web. Example: aggregates technology news from many websites and blogs.

Applications:Usually for Facebook or mobile devices, more sophisticated than a widget (that does just one simple task).  Software can be divided into two different classes for end users... Actual Software programs like Excel, and Applications, that allow you to have FaceBook on your iPhone.  Avatar

Avatar: These 2- or 3-D computer representations of people are also referred to as "icons." They can be customized, and automated.  You know that little bobble head picture that shows up every time you go to put your profile somewhere?  That could be considered an Avatar, but usually they are more customized than that. (BE SURE TO PUT YOUR PICTURE ON YOUR PROFILE!) You probably won't hear anyone use this term at BarCamp... but if you have a kid under the age of 36 (or 7) they know what it is... just makes you seem cooler!

Blog: A website where individual posts (articles might be another word) are entered and commonly displayed in reverse chronological order... or by reverse chronological order by Category. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

Embed: a way of linking to content (this is seen on YouTube posts for instance) so that the content itself is visible on (embedded into) the page.  I think of it as a way to "grab the feed" to that particular Video!

Flickr - A searchable social image sharing site that allows users to tag pictures with specific keywords and descriptive terms  Picasa is another great example.

Microblogging: This is a way of posting information with pictures, snippets, audio, multimedia... "Blogging in tiny doses, usually in a 'stream' with many others' tiny updates."  You could use tools like Twitter, Jaiku, Pownce and audio, video and photo tools like Flickr, Twittergram, Utterz, Seesmic and more. Example: or

Online community/Virtual community:Friends and Collegues that you interact with primarily interact via internet rather than face to face.

Still see the Glass as Half Empty??Organic:  Means you didn't pay for your page ranking (usually). 

Picnik:  A free photo shopping program (EASY way to resize your pictures!)

PhotoBlog:  A blog post of pictures or Video (called a Vlog).

Podcasting:A way to share audio (normally) with people over the Internet.  Can be "live" interviews (for instance), or for others to download to their iPod / MP3 player.

RSS Feed:Really Simple Syndication. RSS is how your "social media inbox" (RSS reader) knows when something new gets posted to a blog/podcast/YouTube/site that you subscirbe to. (we use feedburner –

SEO:  Search Engine Optimization - Google Juice - These are the tools that you use to get your website ranked higher.  It's not one magic pill, and it's not the same for everyone, AND the "best practices" vary over time.  It's a MOVING TARGET (IMHO!)

Social Bookmarks and Social, Digg StumbleUpon (there are others like Reddit These sites are primarily a way to rank a post or a site, and make it a "favorite."  If you make something a favorite on your laptop, and then you are on a different computer and can't remember how to get to that page... you should be using social bookmarks!

Technorati - A search engine dedicated solely to indexing blogs, Technorati tracks the state of the WOW!  There's a LOT you could be doing!blogosphere, ranks blogs according to popularity, and lets bloggers see who is linking to them.

Twitter - A way to update others  in short, text based posts that are no more than 140 characters long.  Some folks use this as a social networking and microblogging service, others use it as their newsfeed.  You can use it on your mobile device, or your laptop.  Most people I know "view" their Twitter Feed through ANYTHING but Twitter! (I like TweetDeck)

ustream - one-to-many live interactive video encourages broadcast-to-viewer and viewer-to-viewer interaction. Can empowering a much more engaging experience for everyone involved.  (I rank this on an advanced level!)

Viral:  Not a virus!  This is a term that refers to something that is moving around the net FAST!  It's what you WANT to happen with your marketing.

Widget: A little box (usually) that has code embedded in it.  There are HUNDREDS of them!(see the left hand bar?)

Wiki: Allows for community-edited information (here's the one on Cary), it can be considered an online encyclopedia. Example:

Here's the thing... the WAY we negotiate and sell Real Estate has NOT changed.  Some of the LANGUAGE we use... just like relying on "reader ads" has changed.  Take time to learn the NEW LANGUAGE... and then become involved in the NEW Marketing Process!  It's FUN - It's Interesting!  It's DIFFERENT!

What is it they say about doing the same thing and expecting the same results??


This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Real Estate Sales and Marketing
North Carolina
North Carolina Real Estate
RE/MAX Active Rain Bloggers
RE Barcamp Raleigh/Durham, NC
social media

Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Sonja Patterson
Keller Williams - BV - College Station, TX
Texas Monthly 5-Star Realtor Recipient for the Hou

Great summary Eleanor!!  So many NEW languages to learn!!  LOL! :)  I remember one of my clients signing her email TTYS.  I wasn't sure what that was at first.  But then I figured it out!  Talk To You Soon.  And from Winnie the Pooh.  TTFN (Ta-Ta-For-Now). :)  Hadn't heard of the term Organic I guess my AR google juice is Organic?

Oct 16, 2009 02:41 PM #1
Eleanor Thorne
Equity Resources - Cary, NC
Equity Resources 919-649-5058

YES!  Your AR google juice is definately ORGANIC!  It took me literally calling Mike in Tucson to figure out what WYSIWYG on the posts!  LOL!  (What You See Is What You Get - as opposed to HTML code!)  HaHa!

Oct 16, 2009 02:53 PM #2
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495

Eleanor, husband thought I was having an affair because I was spending so much time with my Laptop!  I think what got Steve concerned was hearing you mutter to yourself "Embed..."  "Embed..."

Mike in Tucson

Oct 16, 2009 04:14 PM #3
Joshua Schaubach
ERA Matt Fischer Realtor - Yuma, AZ
e-Pro Your Yuma, AZ - Realtor Only a Call or Click Away!

this is a very informative post with tons of stuff for me to go back to and check.  thanks.

Oct 16, 2009 04:27 PM #4
Steve and Eleanor Thorne
Equity Resources, NMLS 60596 - Clayton, NC
Mortgage Loan Johnston County

Oh my GOSH MIKE!  That's FUNNY! Maybe that WAS it!  HaHaHaHa!!

Oct 16, 2009 10:07 PM #6
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

Eleanor - FANTASTIC overview of terms.  Love your new picture. 

Oct 16, 2009 11:50 PM #7
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

excellent Eleanor!  You are so right in that 1/2 the prep time in getting started in SN is the lingo!  This gives a great recap of some of what a beginner will encounter...  remember me asking what #FollowFriday #FF was?  Unfortunately the person I asked wasn't one to answer in a kind way - but I now know that on Twitter, folks will use the #(hashtag) to introduce people they follow.  It's a nice introduction to someone you enjoy following on Twitter.

Oct 17, 2009 12:23 AM #8
Jackie -
770.498.7333 - Atlanta, GA
Learn to leverage technology to get more done.

Excellent post, Eleanor. Not only is it a good cheat sheet, it's also a really good list of technologies for newbies to learn. By the time they make it down the list they'll be at expert status.

Oct 17, 2009 03:22 AM #9
David O'Doherty
Raleigh Realty Inc - Clayton, NC
Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC

Thanks Eleanor, I'll bookmark this, great info, looking forward to getting loads of business generating info on Friday.

Oct 30, 2009 12:37 AM #10
Kathy Carson
John Stewart Walker, Inc - Lynchburg, VA
Realtor, Lynchburg, VA, VA Homes - Lynchunberg,Bedford, Campbell

OK you and Pam are awesome - Thanks and I can't wait to see what you have in store for us on Friday.

Kathy Carson

Nov 04, 2009 12:57 AM #11
Melissa Moore Albert
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Morrisville, NC
Morrisville, NC Homes

Great info Eleanor - thanks. I updated my lingo on a few things that were a little unclear to me.

Nov 04, 2009 01:25 AM #12
Christine McInerney
Great Life RE - Knoxville, TN
The McInerney Team, Knoxville TN Homes For Sale

Great information, this is a good little cheat sheet for other to be able to catch on quickly to some of these terms.

Nov 04, 2009 12:16 PM #13
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

Excellent list.  Maybe we should have handed it out to some of the attendees at rebc-rdu today.  And you guys did a GREAT job. 

Nov 06, 2009 02:39 PM #14
Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?


Eleanor Thorne

Equity Resources 919-649-5058
I Answer Questions :)
Spam prevention

Additional Information