According to the Oxford Dictionaries the definition of Social Media is: ‘websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking’. Social Media has the ability to ‘bring people together’ and some people claim that the telegraph, radio and telephone were actually social media too. I think those people are right as it definitely ‘brought people together’. Technology changed rapidly in the 20th Century. After the introduction of the first computers, scientists and engineers began to develop ways to create networks between those computers which would later lead to the birth of the Internet!
I was born in the 70’s just before computers and mobile phones were introduced to the world. I’m from an era where people watched black & white television and a record-player or a tapemachine to listen to music. Telephones had a cord, a dial and a loud mechanical bell that would make you jump. This was only 40 years ago.
The first computer I used was when I was around 10 or 11 years old. It was a massive and heavy Commodore 64 and when I was in my twenties I took part in a computer-course for WordPerfect (version 5.1). It was the standard word processor for PC’s used in business and it was quickly replaced by Microsoft Word for Windows.
I’m so glad that modern technology has moved on! Computers became smaller, lighter and faster and at the same time mobile phones and laptops were introduced. You can now listen to music and watch telly on a smart-phone or a tablet and you can still use them as a phone. I love it! Everybody loves it!
Once the world wide web and the networks were created MySpace and LinkedIn were introduced to PC. Shortly thereafter YouTube was launched shortly followed by Facebook and Twitter. It was an entirely new way for people to communicate and share information with each other across the world. It’s fascinating to share photographs, your favourite web-content or simply letting people know what you’re up to in your life. I must confess that I ❤️ Social Media. I’m on Amazon, BrideBook, Facebook, GoodReads, Google Plus, Instagram, Twitter and WordPress. There’s also Flicker, Pinterest, Spotify, Tumbler and more. Interestingly LinkedIn, MySpace and YouTube are still very popular too. The introduction of apps tailored for smart-phones were a smash-hit and saw an increase in the amount of times people would access their Social Media profiles.
Like many others I have created a virtual life on the internet and I have a fully developed online identity. I’m also a real person and I have an actual life. I have been using Facebook for about 7 years and as I said, I ❤️ it! The only thing I would like to mention is that you need to be a little bit careful about what information you share online, especially when content is available to the public. Family, friends and colleagues probably don’t take too much notice of your details but companies that scan social media for personal details do! They collect your data and may sell that information to other companies. Most social media accounts provide clear guidelines about who can view your information and how you can change your settings to protect everybody from seeing particular information. If you don’t like the terms and conditions you can simply delete your profile.
On Social Media I intend to share moments with Michael, our dog Buster, family & friends and pictures about funny things, art, books or sightseeing. I don’t share the moments when I wake up, when I have breakfast or when I visit the bathroom. I don’t share which car I drive or what I do for a living. This information is not secret but I don’t share it with every Tom, Dick and Harry though, some people do share virtually everything.
By nature, I’m very curious and the beauty of Social Media is that I can look at other people’s profiles (that includes the ones who do intend to share everything). I can see pictures of my family, my friends, groups I follow and it’s a fantastic way to stay connected with everybody. I also intend to keep myself posted with the latest news on Network groups and local business. What I also like are the like and love buttons. Simply press the ‘thumbs-up’ or ‘heart’ symbol and it explains instantly to somebody what you think about a picture, statement, comment or link.
I totally agree with the original ability that it does ‘bring people together’.
What do you think about Social media? Do you love it or loathe it? I’m looking forward to your comments!