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February 12, 2007|by TONY MULIERI

I was invited to a Webinar the other day.

I thought it had something to do with a home appliance. That's Cuisinart, as it turns out.

A Webinar, in fact, is a seminar on the Web, thus a Webinar. At a Webinar, parties at different Web sites can communicate with one another like a conference call on the phone, only it's done over the Internet.

I got to thinking that we're flinging a lot of Internet-generated words around The Herald-Mail newsroom lately. These words probably are not in the dictionary yet, but they will be.

Here are a few more:

· Blog - I thought that was something you might have to call a plumber about. "We have a pretty serious blog here. Can you send someone?"

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Actually, a blog is a like a forum. You write something about something you think you know about on your blog and others can respond. Of course, you have to wade through it, so maybe a plumber is the right call.

Apparently, the word originated from the words Web and log, thus a blog. Someone who posts a blog is a blogger.

· Podcast - Sounds like something from "Back to the Future." A podcast, at least here at The Herald-Mail, is like a radio show on the Internet. If you log onto the paper's Web site, you can click on a podcast for that day's news, and someone, usually wire editor Dave Rhodes, will read the top news headlines of the day and give a brief synopsis of each story. Dave used to work in radio and has that smooth radio voice.

· E-alert - You remember those guys who used to stand on the street corner with the paper raised in their hand and yell out the breaking news of the day? That's kind of like an E-alert, only here at the paper when something breaks, editors send that message to those readers who have signed up for the service. The editors don't even have to raise their hands over their heads.

· News Flash - Stop the presses. With a News Flash, you can get a snippet of the news before our readers do. When a major story breaks, an editor will rush a paragraph onto our Web site and that paragraph will be placed at the top of the Web page to tell readers what has happened even before the story is written.

That's fast.

You really have to take advantage of what The Herald-Mail is offering on its Web site.

Videographer - That might be in the dictionary, but it's new to us. The paper has hired someone to go out and shoot video of news events and that video will be put on our Web site so you can see the news in action. How cool is that! It's like we have our own little TV show on our Web site.

Now if we could find a way to do that in the paper itself, we'd really have something. Stare hard at a photo and it transforms to video. I'm kind of surprised no one has invented that yet.

This is sounding like a blog.

Tony Mulieri is managing editor of The Daily Mail. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 7647, or by e-mail at tonym@herald-mail.com

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