This article explores the extraordinary phenomenon called social media and its influence on our lives. I will give you some definitions from relevant sources, as well as my own definition, and I will highlight examples of its influence on our day to day lives. One of the arguments I am making in this article is that social media facilitates collaboration, social change and social influence.
Part I: The Definition of Social Media
In order to define what social media is, I feel it is necessary to define what it is not, due to the many misconceptions people have about it.
Social media is not defined as
- Forums for socializing online (chit-chat, gossip, opinion, personal stories/images).
- A place to sell your products and services to millions of people.
- The latest fads in online communication technology. Continue reading