For this week’s assignment, we were to analyze a study that Adam Vincenzini conducted, where he asked users on Twitter for their definitions of social media in 140 words or less.
Here are a few that I found interesting and why:
Social media means listening carefully and learning to share valuable information that bonds people and builds strong relationships
(I found this interesting because it uses the word listening, where in social media, it is not so much about literally listening, but reading. However, this is equally important. Many people have the perception that social media is about letting your voice be heard, but it is also about hearing, or reading, what others have to say.)
Social media is a revolutionary tool – bringing thoughts & ideas together from every corner of the world and in all facets
(This is a fairly simple yet effective definition. I agree with this, because social media should be utilized in it’s full potential and should work as a learning environment for all involved.)
social media is a way to connect with people around the world & use these thoughts, experiences & conversations within real-life situations
(Finally, I chose this definition because it shows the “real-world” implementations of social media and its benefits to all who utilize it.)
For my own personal definition, I would define social media as this:
Social media provides an opportunity to connect, network, teach and learn in a digital environment to better all parties involved over a variety of technological platforms.