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A social networking site. Though it is now open to the public, Facebook was originally designed for and is especially popular with college students.

Fair Use

A provision in the Copyright Act that lets you use a portion of a copyrighted work “for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship or research” without infringing copyright. Fair use does not allow the unauthorized sharing of copyright intellectual property (for example, MP3 files).


Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ is a document that lists questions and answers about a subject, program or website you are using.


The most common type of web content syndication.  Feeds are generally done via RSS or ATOM (see definitions). By subscribing to a feed, a user can consume content from blogs, wikis, websites, or other frequently updated content through their "feed reader" without having to constantly visit the content source online.  Depending on the type of reader a user chooses, RSS and ATOM feeds can be consumed in a browser, via email, or on a mobile device.


File sharing is the practice of making files available for other users to download over the Internet and smaller networks. Usually file sharing follows the peer-to-peer (P2P) model, where the files are stored on and served by personal computers of the users.


A computer connected to the network that contains primary files/applications and shares them as requested with the other computers on the network.


Software that acts as a security filter that can restrict types of network communication. Most often used between an individual computer (or a LAN) and the Internet.


FireWire is a fast peripheral interconnect standard capable of transfer speeds up to 400 Mbs. It works well for multimedia peripherals such as DV (Digital Video) cameras and other high-speed devices like the latest hard disk drives, CD/DVD burners and printers.


Free Lossless Audio Codec
FLAC is an open source lossless audio codec, supports streaming, seeking and archival.


A vector-based multimedia format developed by Adobe for use on the web.


A photo-sharing website often credited as one of the best examples of tagging content.


A browser which enables users to not only view web pages using tabs but also allows you to receive RSS feeds (kind of like a web “inbox” for updated new content from sites you like), post comments to your blog and photo sharing site.


Flash Video
FLV is a proprietary file format used to deliver video over the Internet using Adobe Flash Player (formerly known as Macromedia Flash Player) version 6, 7, 8, or 9. FLV content may also be embedded within SWF files.


Collective output of the social or organic use of Tags. This allows users to organize information on a web site, which is accomplished by using tags. This is in comparison to the traditional approach, where there are editors that categorize information. Examples of using folksonomies include Flickr and Del.icio.us.


In web terms: A part of the browser screen displaying a particular content. Frames are often used to display content from different web pages.


Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS-A. The German company that created the MP3 encoding method.


Typically a site that offers basic services free, but charges a premium for advanced or special features.


Web development software for the Windows platform. Developed by Microsoft.


File Transfer Protocol
FTP is the TCP/IP standard way of transferring files across the Internet and between computers.

FTP Server

A web server you can logon to, and download files from (or upload files to). Anonymous FTP is a method for downloading files from an FTP server without using a logon account.