Hello hello. This post is going to be entirely dedicated to terms that people should know or remember for successful navigation and understanding of the internet/web/web apps.
Distinction Between the Internet and the Web
Internet: A collection of computers that are all hooked up together.
Web: The sharing of data that is on said computers through websites/webapps
Distinction Between a Website and a Web App
Website: Requires no login information in order to access data. Example: http://www.newyorktimes.com is a website that requires no extra information to access the data it provides.
Web App: Something that requires additional information in order to use data it holds. Example: Facebook is a web application. You cannot access much of anything on it without first logging in.
Acronyms and Words You Should Know
HTML: HyperText Markup Language or, essentially, Microsoft Word for websites. HTML can format how text looks, add hyperlinks, insert pictures, etc. Uses special codes like <b> and <p> and <title>
CSS: Cascading Style Sheets can be used to determine the format of a website or document.
XML: Extensible Markup Language is used to format a document so that a computer can read it. Like bar codes that are scanned. Or punch cards.
LAN: Local Area Network. When all the geeks bring their computers to one location and play Starcraft. Or Age of Empires. Or AVP. Essentially it’s bringing together a bunch of computers and connecting them to one network so all of the computers can access each other.
ISP: Internet Service Provider. Pretty straight forward. A company that allows you access to their servers so you can browse the web.
For the lulz: Doing something stupid just for laughs. Usually it is said when referencing a troll act.
Troll: Someone on the internet that says or does something insanely stupid/irritating/funny/really really irritating/aggravating/insert thesaurus here. Trolls are easy to spot as they usually have the words ‘fake’ or ‘gay’ or even both in their posts/videos/whatever. Do not feed the trolls. They thrive on responses. Obvious troll is obvious.
Internet Memes: Something on the internet that is comical and thus goes viral. Example: ‘Hide yo kids, hide yo wives, and hide yo husbands because they be rapin e’ryone round here.’ Antoine Dodson. Youtube it. For more info on memes go to knowyourmeme.com
Anonymous: Anonymous is, in a sense, a self proclaimed group of individuals that police the internet and do other fun things. If Anonymous dislikes you, Anon will find all sorts of private information on your and post it to the internet. Vice versa, if Anonymous loves you, you will be raised to a pedestal for your fifteen minutes of fame. Example: Boxxy. Ooooh Boxxy. Just look her up via encyclopedia dramatica or even knowyourmeme.com
4Chan: A picture forum for lots of stuff, it is mostly known for /b/ which is a random board that has no rules and limitations as to what can be posted. Most smart people despise /b/ because of how incredibly stupid it is. It’s stupid. Don’t go there.
Vlogging: Instead of typing out a blog, you video tape it and posted it for the world to mock! Yay!
Some Facts on YouTube
In general, YouTube is a huge community and unless you actually spend lots of time on there, you’ll miss 90% of the drama that can unfold. Typically, there is drama between two YouTube users, however drama can spawn between a single user and the masses.
General YouTube user drama: TheAmazingAtheist versus VenomFangX (VFX has since deleted his account). There’s always drama between those who subscribe to a religion and those that don’t. Fun times.
General Youtube drama between a user and masses: Boxxy or Jessie Slaughter. It’s simpler to just look those two up on google or knowyourmeme.com.
Famous people on YouTube aka YouTube celebrities: SXEphil (Philip DeFranco), LisaNova, Shane Dawson, nigahiga (Ryan Higa), communitychannel (Natalie Tran).
It’s important to know that the majority of YouTube celebs have multiple channels and their life is spent on YouTube. They earn money for each video that they produce and it is literally their job. Crazy, but true.