Alan Freedman -- The Computer Language Company - Computer Desktop Encyclopedia
Computer Desktop Encyclopedia
Longest-Running Tech Reference on the Planet

A CDE Definition

You'll love The Computer Desktop Encyclopedia (CDE) for Tech Term of the Day (TTOD)

LOOK UP ANOTHER TERM


astroturfing

Generating public excitement in a subject by posting anonymous comments to blogs, wikis and other public venues. Astroturfing looks like spontaneous comments from different people but is really an orchestrated campaign by an organization or public relations firm. The term comes from AstroTurf, which is a renowned "fake" lawn made to look like real grass. See meat puppet.



meat puppet

A person who publishes comments on blogs, wikis and other public venues about some phenomenon or product in order to generate public interest and buzz. Using alias names, meat puppets pretend to have experience with the subject or masquerade as an exceptionally satisfied and unbiased user of the merchandise. See astroturfing and sock puppet.



Personal Use Only

Before/After Your Search Term
BeforeAfter
Association for Systems ManagementASV
Association of Shareware ProfessionalsASX file
associative memoryasymmetric
associative storageasymmetric compression
ASSPasymmetric cryptography
assuranceasymmetric encryption
assymetric cryptographyasymmetric modem
ASTasymmetric multiprocessing
asteriskasymmetric system
Asterisk PBXasync

Terms By Topic
Click any of the following categories for a list of fundamental terms.
Computer Words You Gotta KnowSystem design
Job categoriesUnix/Linux
Interesting stuffPersonal computers
InternetIndustrial Automation/Process Control
Communications & networkingAssociations/Standards organizations
HistoryDesktop publishing
Audio/VideoGraphics
MainframesSecurity
ProgrammingHealthcare IT
System design