Everyone these days knows the term social media but do you know what they are? That’s right it is plural -‘they’. Social media isn’t this one, huge, all encompassing THING. Social media is a collection of different platforms offering two way interactions.
This is how The Law Society in the UK defines social media:
What are social media?
Social media are web-based and mobile technologies that turn communication into active dialogue. There are many different types of social media channels, which attract specific audiences for different purposes. These include:
- forums and comment spaces on information-based websites, for example BBC Have Your Say
- social networking websites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and LegalOnRamp
- video and photo sharing websites such as Flickr and YouTube
- weblogs, including corporate and personal blogs
- micro-blogging sites such as Twitter
- forums and discussion boards such as Yahoo! Groups or Google Groups
- online wikis that allow collaborative information sharing such as Wikipedia
- any other websites that allow individual users or companies to use simple publishing tools.
More here on The Law Society website