In honor of this fantastic new Social Media day, I thought I would do my part to share what I've learnt about this interesting partnering up of words: social and media.
In defining anything we look to dictionaries and encyclopedias. I thought the internet versions of these real-life books would Urban dictionary and Wikipedia in their infinite wisdom. So, what is Social Media?
urbandictionary.com defines it as: "participatory online media that utilizes the group to write and direct content, rather than a read-only media. Allows for direct contact between participants" [found above the entries social media whore and social media seizure]
wikipedia.org adds to that definition that some businesses call it consumer-generated media (CGM).
Andrew Keen criticizes social media in his book The Cult of the Amateur, writing, "Out of this anarchy, it suddenly became clear that what was governing the infinite monkeys now inputting away on the Internet was the law of digital Darwinism, the survival of the loudest and most opinionated." For a list of many of the social media platforms available today, Social Media on Wikipedia and The Social Media Bible: Tactics, Tools, and Strategies for Business Success are great resources!
One of the interesting stories I've read was about Ramon Stoppelenburg who traveled like crazy for two years without paying a thing, thanks to his website: http://www.letmestayforaday.com
&& A blog (a contraction of the term "web log") is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Therefore, the fact that you can interact on a blog [the blogger by posting and the reader by posting comments] makes it a part of social media & Web 2.0
I have profiles with Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, & Klout. What's your favorite form of social media?
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