Monday, July 06, 2009

Social Media Introduction

Many people are probably on Social Media without knowing what it is all about. Let mw try to make it clearer to you.

“Social Media is a group of online media
which has the following characteristics.”

1.Participation – Social media encourages participation and feedback from everyone who is interested, the kind of audience participation blurs the line between media and audience.

2.Networks – Social media allows networks that share common interests to form and communicate effectively and quickly.

3.Two-way communication – Social media is a new way of communication which content is distributed by audience, unlike traditional broadcast media, it allows user comments during transmission.

4.Connectivity – Social media thrives on connecting people, allowing people to share their experiences on the web and add their comments and links to related topics.

5.Open source – Social media is open to feedback and participation. It encourages voting, sharing and comments and it frowns upon restrictive barriers like passwords.

As you can see, many of you are already doing social media, but just unaware of it. Social media is a great way to meet more people with similar interests. It is a great way of networking, however there are also many dangers when you engage in social media.

Remember, do not trust everything you read (Whether on newspapers or on social media), even when a lot of people posts and talks about it. Treat it as gossip until it is veryfied. (Sometimes, it does not really need to be verified, does it?)

Keep an open mind. People are ready to share their opinions on a topic which may or may not be true, whether you like it or not. Do not get upset easily by with others have to say. The world is so diverse, and just celebrate the diversity of people and that every one has their own points of view, whether you like it or not.

Lastly, do not share too much information on yourself on social media. Most of it is very open and everyone can know about it. You need to be aware of what you share, and be responsible for the content. Do not be upset if someone comments about your photos or your posts.

Most of the time, many people using social media are just out ot have fun, so go along enjoy it, and share our experiences with people out there!


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