Social media is best defined has online networks that allow people to communicate with each other; and the have the following in common:
The line between audience and media has become blurred, we can now comment and feedback on web pages.
Feedback and the sharing of opinions and information is encouraged.
Rather than the information being broadcasted, it becomes a ‘Two-way’ conversation between people.
People who share common interests, for example a TV show can communicate with each other.
Outside sites that have a common interest can be linked into the site.
Social Networks!! Social Networks allow the user to create their own profile page that then allows the user to create a network of friends. These sites keep its users interested because they keep their members entertained by having applications, such as games and videos. Myspace Myspace has over 200 million members and most of its popularity lies within its music services. Facebook Facebook was created in 2007, and now has 150+ million members, and it allows people to play games such as scrabble against each other, send virtual gifts and compare interests. The growth of social networks in children has had an affect on the consumption of other medias such as TV and magazines.
BoardTracker monitors 61+ million conversations over 40,000 forums.
Internet forums have been a long established social media and are most commonly about a specific subject, such as a TV show or music.
Forums can either be build into a website as an additional feature or they can stand alone. They allow people to offer opinions on a subject, for seeking advice, having a debate, flirting or simple chatting.
Forums are moderated by an administrator, who remove any unsuitable posts but they do not direct discussions.
The difference with a blog is that they have a clear owner, whereas forums are created by its members.