Social Media

Social media generally consists of user-generated Internet content. Instead of waiting for the professionals to bring content to them, anyone with a computer and Internet connection has the ability to create content and share it with the world. Social media gives content creators a venue to express their ideas to anyone who will read them. Most social media sites are highly interactive, which is partly why they are so appealing.

There are some very well-known social media sites, including Facebook®, MySpace™ and LinkedIn®. All of these social media sites allow users the ability to create a profile, post pictures, update their current moods and feelings, and add friends. Additionally, users can choose who sees their profile, whether it be anyone on the Internet or just friends and family.

While some social media websites do not necessarily allow in-depth profiles, they do let users show off current thoughts and some photographs. Twitter™ is a site that allows users to post a brief biography, a few pictures, and unlimited short updates. Though the updates can only be up to 140 characters, they can include anything from links and quotes to updates on the user’s mood and thought-provoking questions. Twitter™ is heavily used by businesses to keep followers updated on the company; however, plenty of individuals and celebrities also use this site.

Not all social media revolves around showing off pictures and status updates. Some websites are geared toward compiling news, commenting on it, and spreading it around the Internet. On Digg™, readers of the posted news can vote on each story, which can in turn determine the articles that get to stay on the front page. StumbleUpon® introduces users to content that they might like based on their interests, allowing them either to recommend it or move on to something else. Delicious™ allows users to add all of their favorite sites as bookmarks, organize them, and then share them with other users.

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