Social Media Definition II

Brent Csutoras offers a range of social media definitions from various sources.  He starts with the comment that the definition may vary from person to person based upon how they use social media.  That’s part of it but in reading his posting I think that the varying definitions come more from whether you take a web, software, integration, social, or combined perspective.  Here’s what I mean:

Web: “A category of sites that is based on user participation and user-generated content . . .”

Media: “The term social media describes media that is posted by the user and can take many different forms. Some types of social media are forums, message boards . . .”

Software: “Software tools that allow groups to generate content and engage in peer-to-peer conversations and exchange content . . .”

Integrated:  “Online technologies and practices that people use to share opinions, insights, experiences, and perspectives with each other.”

Other definitions from comments to the blog posting (does this demonstrate the richness of social media or what?):

“Social media is digital media that allows people to add their input, influence, opinions, comments and feedback.. and sites that empower people to become producers and editors, rather than passive consumers.”  Note:  I like the “empower people to become producers and editors” phrase.

 Wikipedia defines it more specifically as “tools for sharing and discussing information among human beings. The term most often refers to activities that integrate technology, telecommunications and social interaction, and the construction of words, pictures, videos and audio. This interaction, and the manner in which information is presented, depends on the varied perspectives and “building” of shared meaning among communities, as people share their stories and experiences.



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