“ A category of sites that is based on user participation and user-generated content.” From Google Web Definitions
Social media can take many different forms, including Internet forums, weblogs, wikis, podcasts, pictures and video. Technologies include: blogs, picture-sharing, wall-postings, email, instant messaging, music-sharing, and voice over IP, as well as many more. As you can see from the slide before there are many different examples of social media on the internet today.
So how big is social media?
As of August 2008 there were: More than 110 million blogs been tracked by Technorati. An estimated 100 million videos been watched daily on YouTube. More than 123 million users on Facebook. These figures were taken from “ What is social media ?” An e-book by Antony Mayfield from iCrossing
So how is something defined as Social Media?
It has to share all of these characteristics:
How social networks work Online social networks are contained versions of the blog network. People joining a social network usually create a profile and then build a network by connecting to friends and contacts in the network, or by inviting real-world contacts and friends to join the social network.
There will no doubt be new forms of social media evolving in the years to come, they will develop in response to our appetite for new ways to communicate and to the increasingly flexible ways we can go online. It’s impossible to predict in detail what exactly will happen, all we know is that the internet and online world is forever changing and we will never know what is round the next corner.