Social media is a phrase tossed around everywhere online and offline. But what exactly does it stand for?
Social media: definitions
Wikipedia: “Social media is the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into interactive dialogue.”
Wiktionary: “Media that is created to be shared freely.”
Merriam Webster: “Forms of electronic communication (as Web sites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (as videos).”
Capilano University: Social media are works of user-created video, audio, text or multimedia that are published and shared in a social environment, such as a blog, wiki or video hosting site.
About.com: “Any website or web service that utilizes a ‘social’ or ‘Web 2.0’ philosophy. This includes blogs, social networks, social news, wikis, etc.”
Search Engine Partner: “The term social media describes media that is posed by the user and can take many different forms. Some types of social media are forums, message boards, blogs, wikis and podcasts. Social media applications include Google, Facebook and YouTube.”
OnlineMatters.com: “Social media is any form of online publication or presence that allows end users to engage in multi-directional conversations in or around the content on the website.”
Social media: tools
Here is a list of the most common social media tools:
- Online forums
- Websites/blogs (WordPress, Blogger…)
- Social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn…)
- Social bookmarking sites (Digg, Spotery, Google Buzz, Delicious, StumbleUpon…)
- Video and photo sharing sites (YouTube, Flickr, Picasa…)
- Streaming services (Livestream, Ustream…)
- Content curation services (Scoop.It, Curated.by, Amplify, Trunk.ly…)
Social media is about people
While traditional media panders primarily to the whims of a few, social media brings people and human interactions to the forefront.
Social media gives the masses a voice and the opportunity to change the status quo.
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