20 Answers That Test Your Social Media IQ

If you are learning and consuming information about social media you understand how it is an ever changing landscape. For that reason, I wrote “20 Questions to Test Your Social Media IQ” as a way to measure your basic knowledge. The following is the answer key to the first post. Please let me know if you feel you have a better answer to the questions.

20 Answers to 20 Questions About Social Media

  1. Many people have been credited with coining the phrase Web 2.0 yet one man is most recognized for this phrase and concept- name him. A: Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Media
  2. What does the acronym RSS mean? A: Really Simple Syndication
  3. The term “blog” is short for what term? A: Web-log
  4. What is a hyperlink? A: a way to for a reader to reference  a blog post, profile, or other document
  5. Facebook requires that you create a ____________ before you can create a business _____________ A: profile.  .  . page
  6. Define SMS A: Short Message Service
  7. Twitter is based on SMS but is considered a micro version of ? A: microblog
  8. How many characters can you use when creating a Twitter “tweet”? A: 140
  9. When creating a blog article you need to tag the article- Why? A: Keywords or short phrases that describe your post topic. Helps readers find old posts
  10. What is the difference between a blog article and a blog post? A: None they are both the same thing
  11. Define the word “ping” as it relates to blogging A: Pinging notifies the search engines your blog has new content for indexing
  12. Which social network had the first IPO? A: LinkedIn
  13. What country did the company Baidu originate and what does it do? A: It’s China’s version of Google
  14. Google owns Youtube but what is the most important thing they have in common? A: Youtube, like Google, is a very active search engine
  15. Google owns Orkut; what is it and what country is it most popular? A: This is a social network very popular in Brazil
  16. What is Hootsuite? A: Tool to manage your social media network messaging
  17. Name the “B” grade actor that beat Larry King & CNN to 1,000,000 Twitter followers A: Ashton Kutcher
  18. What is Quora? A: A collection of questions and answers created, edited and organized by Quora members aka answer machine
  19. What is Foursquare? A: Geo-location based mobile platform
  20. What is a WAN, LAN, and wifi? A: Wide Area Network, Local Area Network, Wireless Local Area Network
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20 Questions to Test Your Social Media IQ

What is your social media, social networking, Web 2.0 IQ? If you are selling services or products to anyone under the age of 60 then you need to have at least a cursory understanding of social media. The following test is a simple tool meant to help you gauge your overall knowledge. If you have better questions please leave your questions in the comments. The answers will be forth coming in the next post on social media IQ. If you are unable to answer all of these questions it may be a sign that you could brush up on your knowledge.

Test Your Social Media IQ

  1. Many people have been credited with coining the phrase Web 2.0 yet one man is most recognized for this phrase and concept- name him
  2. What does the acronym RSS mean?
  3. The term “blog” is short for what term?
  4. What is a hyperlink?
  5. Facebook requires that you create a ____________ before you can create a business _____________
  6. Define SMS
  7. Twitter is based on SMS but is considered a micro version of ?
  8. How many characters can you use when creating a Twitter “tweet”?
  9. When creating a blog article you need to tag the article- Why?
  10. What is the difference between a blog article and a blog post?
  11. Define the word “ping” as it relates to blogging
  12. Which social network had the first IPO?
  13. What country did the company Baidu originate and what does it do?
  14. Google owns Youtube but what is the most important thing they have in common?
  15. Google owns Orkut; what is it and what country is it most popular?
  16. What is Hootsuite?
  17. Name the “B” grade actor that beat Larry King & CNN to 1,000,000 Twitter followers
  18. What is Quora?
  19. What is Foursquare?
  20. What is a WAN, LAN, and wifi?

7 Must Read Social Media Sites for the Beginner

How often do you seek out new sources to read in order to educate yourself on social media and the rapid changes in social networking? Do you get comfortable with the long time favorites or do you seek out new sources. For those of you just beginning to follow the sea change in communicating and connecting we are experiencing, the following list should give you a basic starting point from which to draw.

Social Media Reading

Fastgush.com: a small site but very active, Fastgush often presents article from a different perspective than the big boys

Venturebeat.com: Venture capital news, funding, startups, reviews, gaming and so much more

Mashable.com: the biggest most successful social media blog, Mashable has a Webster deep library of how to guides, breaking news, and content avalanche

Techcrunch.com: the granddaddy of technology news blogs, Michael Arrington made a fortune and name for himself

Alleyinsider.com: easily the most entertaining, snarky, serious social media news source of the bunch. Fantastic writing, analysis and breaking news

Readwriteweb.com: excellent analysis, how to guides, and breaking news. Well written and diverse resource

SocialMediaToday.com: solid how to guides, articles, and objective analysis of social networks and 3rd party applications