The world of blogging and podcasting has more than its fair share of buzzwords – blogs, RSS, trackback, pings and so on. Buzzwords are fine for those familiar with them, but they create a barrier for new entrants into the blogging world, which either leaves people confused or puts them off entirely.
Though there are already lots of buzzwords around, there’s no reason why we should add more as they will only worsen the confusion. This is why I take issue with several ‘new’ buzzwords I’ve heard lately:
- Vidcasting is video podcasting, and a vidcast is podcast that uses video rather than just audio. My question is, why does this need to be a separate term? Podcasting is starting to get mainstream recognition, so it’s a term people understand, therefore stick ‘video’ on the front and most people who are familar with podcasting will know that it’s a podcast but with video.
- Bleaders are ‘blog readers’ apparently. Apart from being a homonym for ‘bleeders’ (which implies that all people who read blogs also self-harm themselves… make your own mind up about that…) it is also completely unnecessary – what is wrong with just calling them ‘blog readers’ or even just ‘readers’?
- A spamback is trackback spam. Considering that trackback isn’t a straightforward concept to begin with, introducing yet another term just makes things even more confusing. There’s no need for it.