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  • 1. 1 Department Bedrijfsinformatie Social media Course: Communicatievaardigheden Engels Jonathan Orroi Professional bachelor applied computer science Teacher: Birgit Mijlemans Year: 2009-2010
  • 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Just what is social media, exactly? 3 Definition 3 Examples 3 A fad or the next revolution? 3 Privacy 4 The privacy (problem?) 4 Tips for privacy 4 Power to the people 5 How is social media changing our daily lives? 5 How can we use social media (to collaborate)? 5 Resources 6 URL’s 6 Presentations you have to see! 6
  • 3. 2 INTRODUCTION This paper is my attempt to give you some new insights on social media. I think that the emergence1 of social media is a very good thing. My view on social network sites has changed dramatically a few months ago. I was on a job interview when someone asked me what my thoughts were about social media. The first thing on my mind was privacy. After the job interview I’ve started to learn that social media can be very useful. I’m a firm believer in the power of social media now. I try to convince friends and other students to use social media for collaborating on projects, papers and tasks. You can find and online copy of this paper on Some quotes: Anonymous: “What happens in Vegas stays on YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, Facebook…” John Munsell (CEO of Bizzuka): “If content is king, then conversation is queen.” Peter Kim (Managing director Dachis Group): “Social media: just use it… as long as you know what you’re talking about.” Patrick Driessen: “Social media should improve your life, not become your life.” Morgan Johnston: “Think of twitter as the canary in the coal mine” 1 Google trends for social media:
  • 4. 3 JUST WHAT IS SOCIAL MEDIA, EXACTLY? DEFINITION Very succinctly said social media is an online many-to-many communication. Social media isn’t media in the traditional sense. It’s more a platform for interaction and networking. According to Wikipedia, social media is “an umbrella” term that defines the various activities that integrate technology, social interaction and the construction of words, pictures videos and audio. EXAMPLES General social network sites: MySpace, Facebook, Netlog, Hyves, Yahoo, MSN,… Video and picture sharing: YouTube, Flickr,… Professional social network sites: LinkedIn,… Mico-blogging networks: Twitter, … Virtual worlds: Second life, … Social bookmarking: Delicious, Google Reader… Presentation slides and documents sharing: Slideshare,… A FAD OR THE NEXT REVOLUTION?2 To gain on image of how big the impact is of social media I’ll give you some statistics3 . It took the radio 38 years to reach 50 million users. TV did it in 13, internet in 4 and the IPod in 3 years. Facebook gained over 100 million extra users in less than 9 months! Did you know that 80% of companies are using LinkedIn as a primary tool to find employees? And if you were paid a €1 for every time an article was posted on Wikipedia, you would earn €156,23 per hour. Even the newspapers encounter the trend, they experience record declines in circulation because the people no longer search for the news. The news finds us! You can find a great video about these facts on the socialnomics website. 2 Is social media a fad?: 3 Found on
  • 5. 4 PRIVACY THE PRIVACY (PROBLEM?) Many social network site users are concerned about their privacy online. And that’s a good thing. It’s very important that we keep control over our privacy. There are laws to protect us. The European privacy commission wants to ensure that Europeans can enjoy all that new technologies have to offer without worrying about threats to their privacy. Therefore they started a dialog with the biggest Social networking services (Facebook, Google, Netlog,...). On 10 February 2009 they set up 7 principles for safer social networking4 . The Social networking services understands themselves that the privacy policy is very important. Facebook for example is allowing users to provide input and vote on changes in the privacy policy. TIPS FOR PRIVACY Limit the disclosure of your personal information. Set up different email accounts Think twice before you put something online Example: Don’t give possible burglars the information that you’re on holiday. View your privacy settings carefully. Protect your profile so that only people you authorize can access it Example (Facebook): Check in your privacy settings if you checked “no one” for appearance in Facebook ads.5 Use the privacy tools they offer. Example (Facebook): Segment your friends into lists (so you can adjust the level of the privacy settings) 4 5
  • 6. 5 POWER TO THE PEOPLE The problem with social networks in the real world is that most of the connections between people are hidden. Your network may have huge potential, but it’s as valuable as the people and the connections you can see. This problem is being solved by a type of websites called social network sites. These websites help you see connections that are hidden in the real world6 . HOW IS SOCIAL MEDIA CHANGING OUR DAILY LIVES?7 In the last 2 years there was a major change in how people think about social media. Now we are more comfortable sharing our lives and thoughts instantly to thousands of people, close friends and strangers alike. Due these new developments our daily lives is a little bit changed. We get our news not only from the press, but also from friends and people we follow on Twitter, Facebook and others. It’s a lot easier these days to start and do business, in great thanks to social media. Marketing is on a whole new level. Social media allows us to meet and stay in touch with people easier than ever before. We are far more transparent with our thoughts and feelings. The average person’s influence is increasing as communication is more open and fluid. HOW CAN WE USE SOCIAL MEDIA (TO COLLABORATE)? Grab the opportunity to create and communicate with people that care8 ! Social media is about being social, so listen and interact! Collaboration can make you more efficient. Use tools like Google Docs9 for working on papers and files. It allows you to work with multiple people on the same text files, spreadsheets and presentations. Share your bookmarks10 with Delicious, so other people can easily check them. Use Twitter11 to share your experiences. Now go out there, and get social!! 6 Social networking in plain English: 7 8 Social media in plain English: 9 Google docs in plain English: 10 Social bookmarking in plain English: 11 Twitter in plain English:
  • 7. 6 RESOURCES URL’S PRESENTATIONS YOU HAVE TO SEE! Make sure you check the links in the footnotes! Here are some other presentations: Slideshow What the F**k is social media: fk-is-social-media-one-year-later?src=embed www in plain English: Google wave in plain English: Dropbox in plain English: Google reader in plain English: