Aggregator – a Web-based tool or application that gathers and displays content from a variety of sources.
Avatar – an image associated with a social network member’s account.
Board – a Pinterest feature used to organize content that’s been “pinned.”
Check-In – an action that connects people to physical locations. People can “check-in” to locations on social networks like Facebook and Foursquare.
Circles – a Google+ feature that allows users to put people together into specified groups. Through this feature, Google+ users have the ability to share updates with specific groups of people in pre-defined “circles.”
Comment – a public response to a status update or other piece of content.
Community – a feature on Google+ that allows members to create niche groups where people with similar interests can interact. Communities can be made public or kept private.
Dashboard – an administrative interface that typically allows users to monitor social network activity as well as take actions like sharing content.
Direct Message (DM) – a private conversation between two users on Twitter.
Engagement – a vague term that describes participation with a brand’s content on social networks. Typically, brands take fan and follower actions such as likes, retweets, shares and comments into consideration when measuring engagement.
Facebook – the world’s largest social network, with 1.23 billion monthly active users.
Fan – a Facebook user who follows a brand or business Page.
Favorite – an action that represents a user’s approval of a piece of content on Twitter.
Follower – someone who has chosen to receive your tweets in their Twitter timeline.
Foursquare – a location-based social network that enables users to discover new locations and check-in, share and save places they have visited.
Friend – a Facebook connection between two people. Both parties must agree to become “friends” before a connection is made.
Google+ – a social network created by Google where users can share content and connect with other members.
Group – this feature is available on both LinkedIn and Facebook. It enables users to create a niche community where people with similar interests can communicate with each other. Similar to Google+ Communities.
Hangout – a feature available on Google+ that allows a group of people to have conversations and share content with each other. Users also have the ability to start video hangouts with up to 10 friends.
Hashtag – an interactive feature that allows social network users to relate a status update to a broader topic.
Handle – the name a Twitter member chooses to represent themselves. To interact with another Twitter member, users must address them with the @ symbol and the person’s handle, such as @WebsiteMagazine.
Influencer – a brand’s most valuable audience members. Typically, influencers are active in the social community and have the ability to sway the opinions of their followers.
Instagram – an online photo-sharing social network where users can share filtered photos and videos. Instagram is owned by Facebook.
Instagram Direct – a communication method that allows Instagram users to send photos and videos privately to another user.
Like – an action that social network users can take to show their approval of a status update. In addition, Facebook users can “Like” pages in order to receive the Page’s status updates in their newsfeeds.
Lists – a curated group of Twitter users.
Meme – a humorous piece of content that is generally recognized by society. Typically, memes are shared by many people and quickly go viral.
Message – a private communication method between two or more users on Facebook.
Newsfeed – the home page of a social network that is updated with activity updates from a user’s friends or followers.
Page – a Facebook profile for a business or a brand. Facebook users can “like” pages but they cannot be friends with pages.
Pinterest – a pinboard-style social network where users can share content and create theme-based collections.
Pin – a piece of content shared by Pinterest users.
Poke – a Facebook action that allows one user to interact with another user through a virtual “poke.”
Profile – the web page of a social network user that displays any content that the user has shared.
Promoted Content – a way to increase the reach of a profile or a specific piece of content on social networks. Promoted content is paid for and thus an advertisement.
Retweet – an action that allows users to share another user’s content on Twitter.
Rich Pin – pins that feature extra content, such as a map, product pricing, recipe details and more. There are multiple types of Rich Pins, including Place Pins, Article Pins, Product Pins, Recipe Pins and Movie Pins.
Sentiment – the implied attitude behind user comments. Social media monitoring tools can help brands measure sentiment in order to gauge the overall perception of a company or specific marketing promotions.
Share – an action that allows someone to publish content from another source. The content is “shared” to that user’s personal social network.
Snapchat – a photo messaging mobile app that allows user to take photos or record videos and send them to selected friends. Each piece of content sent has a time limit (1-10 seconds) for viewing. After the content has been viewed it is not able to be seen again unless it is part of a Snapchat Story.
Snapchat Story – Snapchat users can put content into a “story” for 24-hour viewing. Typically, stories are made up of a string of content that creates a narrative.
Social Listening – a tool that enables users to monitor and measure what is being said about a brand on social networks.
Status Update – a piece of content shared by a social network member.
Timeline – Facebook’s newest profile layout that display’s a user’s collection of shared content.
Trending Topic – the most popular topics currently being discussed on a social network.
Tumblr – a microblogging platform owned by Yahoo. Currently, Tumblr has more than 172 million blogs on its platform.
Tweet – a Twitter status update.
Twitter – a popular social network that allows users to post 140-character status updates.
URL Shortener – a tool that converts a long URL into a shortened version that is easier to share, especially on social networks.
Vine – a mobile app owned by Twitter that allows users to share short videos that play in a continuous loop.
Viral – a piece of content that is rapidly and organically shared.
Word-of-Mouth Marketing – an unpaid form or promotion by a customer on behalf of a brand.
YouTube – a video sharing platform owned by Google.
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