Social media is a term used to describe the type of media that is based on conversation and interaction between people online. Where media means digital words, sounds & pictures which are typically shared via the internet and the value can be cultural, societal or even financial. http://www.wikipedia.org photo by dbking on flickr
photo by r_gallant on flickr Social media is like teen sex. Everyone wants to do. Nobody knows how. When it’s finally done, there is surprise it’s not better. AvinashKaushik, Google
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in some cases, you can’t You cannot control the way social networking sites like Facebook display information. You can make sure what you put on those sites is accessible to users anywhere.
in some cases, you can’t You cannot control the way social networking sites like Facebook display information. You can make sure what you put on those sites is accessible to users anywhere. alt text be aware of barriers transcripts descriptions alternative sites
what is being done? Facebook is working with the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) to make its social-networking service more accessible to users who are blind or visually impaired [...] Facebook is also working with AFB on design changes. Still, Augusto [head of the AFB] admits the ultimate goal — full accessibility for vision impaired users — is “far from being attained” 508 portal: Facebook to make site more accessible to blind
what is being done? Accessible Twitter (@AccessibleTwitr) is an award-winning, web-based interface for Twitter that is designed to be accessible. All links are keyboard accessible, large text and contrast colors are used as well as forms & data tables are marked up for optimal accessibility. Visit Accessible Twitter
what is being done? YouTube allows users to add transcripts, annotations and captioning to their videos. This allows users with hearing disabilities to engage in ways they could not do before. There’s little to no excuse for not having accessible videos on YouTube considering how easy it is. Easy YouTube Caption Creator by Accessify
If it’s not accessible, why bother? Accessibility should not be an excuse not to engage in social media, rather it is a good reason to understand and use social media correctly and provide support. The platforms themselves should take the responsibility to make the sites more accessible. We as users should push for these changes.