words about computers
6. ISP (Internet service provider). A company or organization that
provides access to the Internet, usually for a fee. Service, as
electronic signals, may come from a phone company through
telephone wires or a cable company through TV cables. I saw
lots of TV commercials promising better, faster download time, but I
don’t want to change my Internet service provider.
7. search engine. Computer software that searches the Internet for
documents containing a keyword, phrase, or subject you sub-
mit. Many people type their own name into a search engine to see
where they appear on the Internet; the results can be surprising.
8. social networking. Websites that enable people to meet and share
information. MySpace.com and Facebook.com are two extremely
popular and competitive social networking sites.
9. spam. Unrequested commercial messages usually sent as
emails. Many computer users complain that unwanted spam mes-
sages are a frequent and unpleasant interruption.
10. streaming. To stream is to ﬂow, as in a river. As a computer
word, streaming refers to the technology that enables the deliv-
ery of a steady stream of information or images, such as a
streaming video of a live concert. Viewing streaming video on a
computer feels like watching a private showing of a blockbuster ﬁlm
on your own personal movie screen!
11. URL (Uniform Resource Locator). The system used for specify-
ing addresses on the Internet. Each individual ﬁle or page has
its own URL, which is located on the address bar at the top of
your Internet browser window. Be sure to type the information in
a URL carefully so your browser knows where to go.
12. World Wide Web (www). The complete set of electronic docu-
ments connected over the Internet. Informally, the terms Inter-
net, the Web, and online are used interchangeably. Which term
do you and your friends use most often? When you’re wandering
around the World Wide Web, you can be described as surﬁng the Web
or browsing the Internet.