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Business that provides individuals and companies access to the Internet free or for a fee. access provider
List of names and e-mail addresses, created and stored by a user. Also called contacts folder. address book
Appearance of motion created by displaying a series of still images in sequence. animation
Music, speech, or any other sound. audio
Informal Web site consisting of time-stamped articles, or posts, in a diary or journal format, usually listed in reverse chronological order. Short for Web log. blog
Application software that allows users to access and view Web pages. Also called a Web browser. browser
Digital modem that sends and receives digital data over the cable television (CATV) network. cable modem
Real-time typed conversation that takes place on a computer. chat
Location on an Internet server that permits users to chat with each other. chat room
Text version of an IP address. domain name
Process of a computer receiving information, such as a Web page, from a server on the Internet. downloading
Type of digital technology that provides high-speed Internet connections using regular copper telephone lines. DSL
Short for electronic commerce, a business transaction that occurs over an electronic network such as the Internet. e-commerce
Short for electronic mail, the transmission of messages and files via a computer network. e-mail
Combination of a user name and a domain name that identifies a user so he or she can receive Internet e-mail. e-mail address
Software used to create, send, receive, forward, store, print, and delete e-mail messages. e-mail program
Online business a customer visits that contains product descriptions, graphics, and a shopping cart. electronic storefront
Symbols used on the Internet to express emotion. emoticons
Internet standard that permits file uploading and downloading with other computers on the Internet. FTP
Digital representation of nontext information such as a drawing, chart, or photo. graphic
First page that a Web site displays. home page
Real-time Internet communications service that notifies a user when one or more people are online and then allows the user to exchange messages or files or join a private chat room with those people.
Worldwide collection of networks that connects millions of businesses, government agencies, educational institutions, and individuals. Internet
Technology that allows users to speak to other users over the Internet. Also called Voice over IP (Internet Protocol) or VoIP. Internet telephony
A number that uniquely identifies each computer or device connected to the Internet. See also Internet Protocol address. IP address
Regional or national Internet access provider. ISP (Internet service provider)
Built-in connection to another related Web page or part of a Web page. link
Group of e-mail names and addresses given a single name. mailing list
Specific type of online social network that enables members to share media such as photos, music, and videos. media sharing Web site
Popular Web-based type of discussion group that does not require a newsreader. message board
Format that reduces an audio file to about one-tenth of its original size, while preserving much of the original quality of the sound. MP3
Any application that combines text with graphics, animation, audio, video, and/or virtual reality. multimedia
Short for Internet etiquette, the code of acceptable behaviors users should follow while on the Internet. netiquette
Online area in which users have written discussions about a particular subject. newsgroup
E-commerce method that allows consumers to bid on an item being sold by someone else. online auction
Web site that joins a specific group of people with similar interests or relationships. online community
Company that provides internet access as well as many members-only features. online service provider (OSP)
Web site that encourages members in its online community to share their interests, ideas, stories, photos, music, and videos with other registered users. Also called a social networking Web site. online social network
Software used by a person to listen to an audio file on a computer. player
Program that extends the capability of a browser; often used to enhance multimedia. See also add-on. plug-in
Web site that offers a variety of Internet services from a single, convenient location. portal
Describes users and the people with whom they are conversing being online at the same time. real time
Really Simple Syndication. Specification that content aggregators use to distribute content to subscribers. RSS 2.0
Program that finds Web sites, Web pages, images, videos, news, and other information related to a specific topic. search engine
Word or phrase entered in a search engine's text box that describes the item you want to find. search text
Element of an electronic storefront that allows a customer to collect purchases. shopping cart
Web site that encourages members in its online community to share their interests, ideas, stories, photos, music, and videos with other registered users. social networking Web site
Process of transferring data in a continuous and even flow. streaming
Search tool that classifies Web pages in an organized set of categories and subcategories. subject directory
Process of a user adding his or her e-mail name and address to a mailing list. subscribe
Activity of using links to explore the Web. surfing the Web
traffic Communications activity on the Internet.
Process of a user removing his or her e-mail name and address from a mailing list. unsubscribe
Process of transferring documents, graphics, and other objects from a computer to a server on the Internet. uploading
Unique address for a Web page. URL
Unique combination of characters, such as letters of the alphabet and/or numbers, that identifies a specific user. user name
Full-motion images that are played back at various speeds. video
Computers used to simulate a real or imagined environment that appears as a three dimensional(3-D)space. virtual reality (VR)
Technology that allows users to speak to other users over the Internet using their desktop computer, mobile computer, or mobile device. VoIP
Worldwide collection of electronic documents called Web pages, the Web is one of the more popular services on the Internet. Web
Refers to Web sites that allow users to modify Web site content, provide a means for users to share personal information, and have application software built into the site for visitors to use. Web 2.0
Unique address for a Web page. See also URL and Uniform Resource Locator. Web address
Application software that allows users to access and view Web pages. Also called a browser. Web browser
Electronic document on the Web, which can contain text, graphics, audio, and video and often has built-in connections to other documents. Web page
Development and maintenance of Web pages. Web publishing
Computer that delivers requested Web pages to a computer. Web server
Collection of related Web pages and associated items, such as documents and pictures, stored on a Web server. Web site
Short for wireless fidelity. Type of broadband Internet connection that uses radio signals to provide Internet connections to wireless computers and devices. Wi-Fi
Collaborative Web site that allows users to create, add to, modify, or delete the Web site content via their Web browser. wiki
Company that provides wireless Internet access to desktop and notebook computers and mobile devices, such as smart phones and PDAs, with built-in wireless capability or to computers using wireless modems or access devices. wireless Internet service provider
Worldwide collection of electronic documents. World Wide Web
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