October 1996

Root Page of Article: Feeling Between the Lines, by Joyce Menges

Appendix A - Glossary of Terms

Asynchronous In this context, asynchronous describes communication between individuals or groups of individuals using email, bulletin boards, web pages or other static textual internet exchanges.

Character The login name used by individuals to identify themselves on the MOO. On IRC the equivalent would be a persons nickname.

Emote As a verb, emoting refers to using messages that represent action not conversation - 'Joyce smiles,' for example. The term is also used as a noun referring to these actions.

Emoticon A series of ascii text characters used in sychronous communications to express emotion. " :-) " for example is the traditional symbol for a cyber-smile. (Tip your head slightly to the left to see the face.)

Extraverbal Communication While the definition is still a work in progress, I found myself needing a new term to name the thing I am trying to describe in this study. Extraverbal communication refers to non-dialog devices employed in human communication in sychronous computer-mediated environments to reflect thoughts, feelings, and reactions.

Internet Relay Chat (IRC) IRC (original programming code written by Jarkko Oikarinen) is a multi-user, multi-channel chatting network. It allows people all over the internet to talk to one another in real-time.

MOO MOOs (Multi-user Object Oriented virtual environments) are text-based, virtual reality sites that allow people to connect to the same place at the same time and permit synchronous communication.

Synchronous In this context, synchronous describes communication between individuals or groups of individuals that occurs in real-time (as in face-to-face conversation).

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