As I regularly waste time on Digg, I came upon an interesting video yesterday that claimed that 19-21-year-olds don’t really know about and don’t really care about web 2.0.

Granted, this is probably true, but aren’t we the iGeneration? With “lol” and “brb” and all our very own “blogs”? We’re huge on Facebook and MySpace and YouTube, but… Maybe it stops there?

I don’t know. But, either way, it shouldn’t! So since HackCollege is here to turn you into the very best “Student 2.0″ you can possibly be, I’d like to give you all a quick rundown of the terms we will be using in this class:


  • Asynchronous: adj. Not in real time (like responses that do not occur simultaneously, such as a discussion board).
  • Blog: n., v. An online journal that displays entries in reverse chronological order. Comments are generally possible. And HackCollege is a very popular one!
  • (Web) Browser: n. The software you use to interact with text, images, video over the Internet. Popular examples include Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Netscape.
  • DRM: Digital Rights Management. Allowing publishers and copyright owners to control access to digital data.
  • F2F: Face-to-Face. In other words, a meeting in “real life”.
  • Folksonomy: A collaborative labeling system that lets users categorize web pages, online fotos, video clips, etc. using “tags”. Check out del.icio.us.
  • FTP: File Transfer Protocol. A way for two computers to connect –to transfer files.
  • Podcast: n. Multimedia (usually audio) that you can subscribe to –like a newscast.
  • P2P: Peer-to-Peer. A type of network where many users can share bandwidth to spread files, music, video, anything. Think Napster.

  • RSS: Really Simple Syndication. A family of webfeed formats that let you subscribe to updates on a website, blog entries, podcasts, etc. Check out the orange icon to the left of this very site!
  • Social networking: Think Facebook. These internet applications connect friends, business partners, etc.
  • Student 2.0: Not a 2.0 GPA. Rather, the second generation of students utilizing Web 2.0 to their advantage. Specifically, the students frequenting the HackCollege website!
  • Synchronous: Look at “asynchronous”. Chats are real-time. Chats are synchronous.
  • Tag: n., v. A keyword that describes a particular article, image, video clip on the internet. These are usually created by the person who posted the material.
  • Vlog: Think of the many that are on YouTube. Essentially, it’s a blog that’s made by taking videos.
  • Web 2.0: The second generation of websites –simpler, cleaner, and much more interactive than ever before. It’s all about collaboration and social networking among users now.
  • Wiki: n. Think Wikipedia. It’s a type of website that allows its users and/or visitors to edit the website’s content.
  • XML: Extensible Markup Language. It’s a language used to facilitate the sharing of data. Look at RSS.