Commonly misused social media terms

And how you should be referring to them.

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They can range from people not using their turn signal to sentences with a double negative. In the social media world, there are a slew of things that get people worked up. For instance, when someone likes his own Facebook post. For my friend Jacqueline, it’s when social media professionals use silly names for themselves such as “guru” or “ninja.” For me, it’s even nerdier.

Working in social media every day, I’ve become familiar with the terminology used to describe what I do. I know that someone who tweets is a Twitterer, and I can even use the word virality (correctly) in a sentence.

However, not everyone is as immersed in social media on a daily basis, so they don’t always get the terminology quite right. I don’t blame them—there are numerous social media terms that are commonly misused by the masses.

I’ve compiled some of (what I’ve seen to be) commonly misused social media terms to help you, a friend, or a loved one, talk a little nerdier about social media:

Your business has a “page,” not a “fan page.”

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