Learning about Social Media

So what are some basics to Social Media?

From Users of the world, unite! The challenges and opportunities of social media by Kaplan and Michael, social media is/are the application that allow for the sharing of information and content, that is user generated, with the paper here. This concept is supported through the WEB 2.0 concept, explained here, and the idea of remixing.

These spaces are refuges to make and interact with content, making and remaking what is seen, heard, and known. There are so many different types of social media, that to leave it as such a broad term would get in the way of asking and understanding what the research really aimed at.

So the the question for this week is:  what? What is social Media?

To prove a point, here are some classifications of social media technologies, taken from Wikipedia. Wikipedia is an example of the WEB 2.0 concept, allowing users to interact and post information. It serves as the beginning for our search into social media (all of the links go to the Wikipedia articles on each):

Social-media technologies take on many different forms including magazines, Internet forums, weblogs, social blogs, microblogging, wikis,social networks, podcasts, photographs or pictures, video, rating and social bookmarking. Technologies include blogging, picture-sharing, vlogs, wall-posting, music-sharing, crowdsourcing and voice over IP, to name a few. Social network aggregation can integrate many of the platforms in use.

All of these examples show the wide variety of things and content that can be social media. Some heavy-hitters you might recognize are Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Tumblr, Reddit and Imgur. All of these sites depend on content generated from users and then consumed by users in a cycle.

This is just the begining to what social media is. Next week will be: Who is using these services and how are they used (consumption or dissemination)?


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