Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Perception of Social Media

What is it? There are many different perceptions of how social media can be defined.  I once read that the best way to describe social media is to think of regular media as a one-way street, where you can read a newspaper or listen to an important news report on television, yet have very limited ability to share your thoughts on what you think of the matter. Social media, on the other hand, is thought of as a two-way street that gives you the ability to communicate to whom ever is interested in listening through any form whether be written, audio or video. A good example of this would have to be YouTube. YouTube has millions of videos on anything and everything you can think of, whether it be news, music, personal stories, so on and so forth. Everyone and anyone is welcome to post, comment in written form, as well as, comment or express themselves in audio and video form.

Social media is growing at a rapid rate.  There are so many different social media sites out the there now a days and you can use them all in many different ways. Whether it is for personal use, work, or just to catch up on the latest news, gossip or even what’s going on in an old friends life. They are in my opinion a great way to communicate, stay connected and give your opinion and comments on everything and anything you want at your leisure anytime, place and when it’s most convenient for you.

One social media site I’m a big fan of is facebook. It’s a serious addiction of mine. Even while writing this blog I hopped on facebook in-between collecting my thoughts of what to write next. Seriously though, who would of thought a “like” button could be so amazing!  It’s genius really, especially for those days where I’m lazy or just can’t find the right words to say I can “like” a comment, a picture, a post, a status, a web link, a video link… like, like, like, like LIKE! In my opinion, facebook is the utmost, most amazing way to stay connected, interact, communicate, state your opinion or what’s on your mind and much, much more.

With all that being said, my perception of social media is if your not doing it, you should be, and if you are doing it, good for you because it’s a new time, a new generation and social media is going to soon be something that everyone needs and wants to be involved in. Social media, in my opinion, is most definitely the biggest shift since the Industrial Revolution. It’s a new way of communicating with human kind that’s here to stay! It’s a new way of life and I think it’s a good one.

…Unless of course there’s a power failure or black out… SCARY THOUGHT?


  1. You have a great understanding of what social media is, many people are like yourself are using it daily. I too am a big fan of facebook and everything that have done with it. Being able to like something without having to actually say anything makes it alot easier, plus its not awkward if you like it and have nothing to say anything about it. I also completely agree with how people should be to doing it, if they aren't they should sure start too.

  2. I like how you think of social media as a two-way street, because that is the same way I feel about it. One of my professors mentioned how it democratizes information, changing people from content readers into publishers. It is a shift from the old broadcast mechanism of one-to-many, to a many-to-many model. It might not always be the most accurate model, but it sure is popular and gives everyone a voice. Just like how Wikipedia is much more popular than Encyclopedia Britannica, thanks to its ease of use and open nature of data.