Photo- and Video-Sharing Sites

The Basics

Category: Technologies & Platforms


Possible Uses for Photo- and Video-Sharing Sites:

  • Recruitment
  • Press conferences
  • Event promotion and follow-up

How Does it Work?
Photo- and video-sharing sites allow users to upload and post their digital pictures and videos to a website, and share that content with other users or viewers, either privately or publicly. Users are then able to view the photos and videos and can often rate them and leave comments.

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Glossary Terms


Viral: term used to describe online content that has become increasingly popular across the Web.

IP Address: an Internet Protocol (IP) Address is a unique numerical label assigned to all devices that are connected to the Internet. Because the number is unique to a device, it can be used to locate a device that has engaged in certain activity on the Internet.

Flickr: a site that allows users to upload and share photographs and pictures.

Skype: a voiceover Internet Protocol Service and software program that allows users to communicate by placing calls to telephones as within the computer network; there is also the capability for video calling and conferencing, instant messaging, and file sharing.

Platform: a hardware and/or software architecture that serves as a base.

Emoticon: a facial expression represented by a combination of punctuation, symbols, or letters used to indicate emotion.

Meme: a concept that spreads via the Internet; a meme may evolve or spread quickly (become viral).

UStream: on online platform that allows users to steam live video feeds.

ISP: ISP stands for Internet Service Provider, a company that offers customers access to the Internet.

Hyperlink: commonly referred to as links, hyperlinks allow users to move to other portions of a webpage or document, or to a new webpage or document. A hyperlink is typically activated by clicking on highlighted or different color text or an image.

Download: to transfer data to a computer or device from a larger computer system or the Internet; the opposite of upload.

Web 2.0: the second generation of the World Wide Web focused on shareable, user-generated content, rather than static Web pages. Some use this term interchangeably with social media.

Algorithm: process or set of rules used to perform a task; algorithms are used to generate online search results and other online procedures.

Social media: a category of Internet-based resources that integrate user-generated content and user participation. This includes, but is not limited to, social networking sites (Facebook, MySpace), microblogging sites (Twitter), photo- and video-sharing sites (Flickr, YouTube), wikis (Wikipedia), blogs, and news sites (Digg, Reddit).

Widget: a small block of content that a site can provide to users for implementing on a blog or website. Widgets have a specific purpose such as showing weather forecasts, stock quotes, or news updates.

Traffic: amount of data sent and received by visitors to a Website, Webpage, or social media site.

Hacktivist: hackers who commit a computer crime to communicate a socially or politically motivated message.

Upload: to transfer data from a personal computer or device to a larger entity such as a website.

YouTube: an online video community that allows users to upload video content, share that content, and view the content uploaded by others.

Vimeo: a video-sharing site.

Post: content, in any format, placed on a website or the act of publishing content on a website.

ooVoo: video chat and video conferencing software for computers, tablets, and smartphones.

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