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What are the Major Elements of the Internet?

Today's Internet is an evolving tool. It contains a variety of information, provides new ways of accessing, and interacting and connecting with people and content. However, new vocabulary is constantly added.

Vanessa Bass

on 10 July 2014

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Transcript of What are the Major Elements of the Internet?

A few common terms that you may encounter while you are online.
What are the major elements of the Internet?
photo (cc) Malte Sörensen @ flickr
Blog is short for web log. It's a type of web site that is usually updated frequently. Some sites like blogger.com allow you to create and edit your own blog for free.
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), also known as Internet telephone, allows you to have telephone service through an Internet connection. One example is Skype.
If you watch a movie online or listen to itunes radio, it's called steaming media, which means it downloads while it's playing so you don't have to wait for it to download first. The media starts downloading a litter bit before it starts playing (buffering) so that it can play more smoothly.
Social networking refers to online services that allow you to interact with people and stay connected with friends and family. Examples are Facebook and Twitter.
Social Networking
With a podcast, you can subscribe to a series of audio or video files that will automatically be downloaded to your computer. Podcasts are not streaming, so the media has to download fully before it can be played.
A wiki is a type of website that allows content to be edited or created by anyone. Examples are Wikipedia, an encyclopedia, and wikiHow, a collection of how-to guides.
Online chat is a system that allows you to communicate in real time. Messages show up immediately. Instant messaging is a type of chat where you communicate with a specific person instead of an entire chat room.
Online Chat
Social Bookmarking allows you to share and rate interesting sites. Examples are Digg and Delicious.
Social Bookmarking
A web feed (news feed) is a way to receive updates from your favorite web sites and blogs. You can read their feeds on a feed reader. Two common feed formats are RSS and Atom.
Web Feed
E-mail (electronic mail) is a system for sending and receiving messages online. Many e-mail services include extra features such as calendars, task lists, instant messaging, web feeds, and news headlines.
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