Monday, September 12, 2011

Just What is Social Media ?

Social media are the various forms of user-generated content and the collection of websites and applications that enables people to interact and share information online. Social media is a much wider spectrum of internet services than what some people think.

Social media can take many different forms, including social networks, blogs, vlogs, social bookmarks, user reviews, video sharing, podcasts, rating systems, collaborative ranking, wikis, comments, message boards, and online forums. Technologies include: picture-sharing, wall-postings, e-mail, instant messaging, music-sharing, crowdsourcing, and VoIP, to name a few.

Here is a list of common resources that are part of social media:
-    online forums                       (DigitalPoint)
-    blogs                                     (WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr)
-    social networking sites         (Facebook, Twitter)
-    social bookmarking sites      (Digg)
-    video sharing sites                (YouTube)
-    photo sharing sites                (Flickr)
-    streaming sites                      (Ustream)
-    user reviews                          (Amazon)
-    crowdsourcing                      (Wikipedia)
-    content aggregators               (FriendFeed)

And, oh yes, remember BBS (Bulletin Board Service) and having to direct dial via modem, surely that qualifies as social media.

A comprehensive list of 202 major active social media websites can be found on Wikipedia.

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