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Monday, March 22, 2004
ITerminology

BBBOnline: A subsidiary of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. The mission of the BBBonline is to promote trust and confidence in business transactions conducted over the Internet. The BBBOnLine issues two seals BBBOnLine Reliability Seal and BBBOnLine Privacy Seal that certify that a Website has met certain standards.

Spim: Also spelled as spIM, spam over instant messaging (IM). Spim is perpetuated by bots that harvest IM screen names off of the Internet and simulate a human user by sending spam to the screen names via an instant message. The spim typically contains a link to a Website that the spimmer is trying to market. Also referred to as instant spam or the less-intrusive sounding IM marketing.

Entity relationship diagram: Also called an entity-relationship model, a graphical representation of entities and their relationships to each other, typically used in computing in regard to the organisation of data within databases or information systems. An entity is a piece of data-an object or concept about which data is stored. A relationship is how the data is shared between entities.

Precision: When used in reference to search engines, the ability of the search engine to return only relevant documents in the search results instead of documents that may not have relevance. Words in a search query that have more than one meaning have a greater chance of returning results that are not relevant as the search engine can only guess what information the user is searching for.