The Web dictionary

Dangers on the Internet


Badbuzz : negative story that spreads very fast, through social networks, about an individual or a corporation. Badbuzz can be based on a true story or a rumor.

Cyberharcèlement : Online bullying. It can go from insults posted on Facebook to private photos or photomontages posted about us without being informed, naughty messages...

Phishing : e-mail that contains a malicious link or attachment whose aim is to collect your personal information.

Online reputation

Right to be forgotten :  right specific to Europe to ask for not appearing on Google any longer . Since 2016, this right has been granted in France to underage children. Nevertheless, it can only be granted to individuals for personal purposes and not to celebrities or corporations.

Online reputation : positive or negative image reflected by what appears on the Internet about you. The online reputation depends on both what you post about us online but also on what other people post about you.

Digital identity : identity on the Internet. The digital identity depends on the data that appear about you online and shows who you are to the all Internet users.


Social networks

News feed : news published by your friends, the pages or groups you follow. The news feed is the first thing you see once you logged in to a social network website.

Hashtag : identification using the character # which associates specific words to a publication. By clicking on the hashtag you can see all publications including the terms concerned.

Identification (or tag) : association of a social network account with a public message (post), a photo or video posted online. The verbs identify and tag are often used in that context. Identifications are usually made with @ + name of the account to be identified on the publication.

Notification : indication sent by the social network to its user. For example, the Facebook notification indicates a new publication on the timeline, a new comment posted on our photo, a friend request etc.

Profile : personal account on a social network. The profile gathers various information such as the first name, the family name, the birthdate ...all that its user shares.

Social networks : websites or applications that gather many persons on the same platform. You can exchange messages, photos, videos, in public or in private...the most popular worldwide are Facebook Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter et Instagram.





Privacy :  settings that define how private some information must remain. For example, you can through privacy settings choose who can publish on your timeline, what your friends and anyone on Facebook can see about you etc.

Friend request : request specific to Facebook between two accounts. If the request sent is accepted by the other one, then the two accounts can see and interact with the profile of each other (post comments, pictures on the timeline…) depending on the privacy settings as defined by each of the two accounts.

Facebook timeline : public area on which you and your friends can post various things, depending on how you set your privacy settings.



Follower : account which is following your Twitter timeline. In other words, anyone that decides to subscribe to see what you post on your Twitter timeline. Unless you choose to set specific settings, any Twitter account can become a follower and you don’t need reciprocity as Facebook does.

Tweet : short message (140 characters or less) posted on the Twitter platform. It can include a picture, a video, some hashtags or mentions.

Retweet :  twitter profile including the mention to the account that twitted the original post.



Snap :  ephemeral message which includes very often a photo or video and is accessible through the Snapchat application, not a website.

Story : timeline specific to Snapchat  and on which only the owner of the Snapchat account can post snaps. All messages sent to the story are available for 24 hours (while a snap is a few seconds only) by the friends of the original sender.