10 Buzzwords You Should Know
Tech terms and acronyms change and evolve faster than the technology itself. Every year new terms pop up. Some of them fail immediately, some of them stay in minor use and others become the buzzword of the year. Here are 10 buzzwords you should know.
Responsive Design: This is the new trend in website coding where your site adapts to whatever device is used to view it. This changes the site layout and content to be more streamlined for devices with smaller screen resolutions.
SoLoMo: Social, Local, Mobile—the triad that rules much of business Web design and SEO today. Every business should have a social as well as local presence and cater to mobile devices.
Solid State: Solid state drives are the next trend in computer hardware. Current hard drives involve spinning magnetic platters. Moving parts are a source of potential failure, so solid state drives—drives without moving parts—were invented to solve that problem.
Social Discovery: Distinct from social networking, social discovery is the act of seeking out new social connections. This includes various tag sharing sites and recommendation engines found across the Web.
De-Dupe: The removal of duplication. In the old days of SEO, a viable strategy was to spin content and post it in a dozen different locations to link it back to you. Today, duplicate content is a huge red flag. De-duping, or removing duplicate content, helps in terms of search engine optimization and helps streamline websites.
Web 2.0: Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 are the general names for Web design trends. Web 2.0 is generally classified by the fascination with rounded corners, buttons with a shine and a generally streamlined appearance. Web 3.0 is still on the horizon, but the trends toward social and the reliance on tags might be a good candidate.
3G/4G/5G: The G stands for generation. The term 3G refers to the third generation of mobile devices. And 4G becomes the fourth generation. These generations are not regulated by a standard and are more of a ploy by mobile companies to trick consumers into buying the latest and greatest technology. Each generation has benefits over the last, typically including faster data speed.
The Cloud: Cloud computing is an amorphous idea of computing done by computers that aren’t in your home or office. Cloud storage, or data storage on the cloud, is using remote servers to store your data. This offers the benefit of not having to relying on your own technology and being able to access your data from anywhere with an Internet connection.
SaaS: Software as a Service is the second implementation of the cloud. Usually the cloud refers to storage, while SaaS refers to active computing. Your computer may not be able to run a particular set of software, either because of computing power or expense. As an alternative, you can turn to the cloud and rent servers that run that program.
Big Data: Millions upon millions of users post content on the Web every day. This amounts to thousands of gigabytes every day. The combined mass of all of this data is known as Big Data. How do we put it to use? That remains to be seen.
— By Editor