Social Media – a brief idea
Social Medias in the internet have become a good way of marketing your product and services and you can target huge traffic received by some of those kinds of social websites. It is a big innovation in the world of web technology that helps people to share content, knowledge, opinions, thoughts and experiences, medias (images, audio, video) among themselves. Now if I ask you to define “Social Media”, it will be a tougher job for you to define it in a comprehensive way. Here the question comes
“What is social media?”
Let me give you the working definition. Social Media can be best understood as a group of new kind of online media which share all or most of the following characteristics:
- Community Participation – People from different castes and religions with a common objective and interest form community and participate in various related discussion.
- Open platform – Anyone can access content and use it without any barrier.
- Conversational – People have conversation on various topics and put their individual thought.
- Communication and connectivity – Most medias are well connected through links and combine themselves with different kinds of medias in one place.
Different kinds of Social Media available in the web
The most popular kinds of social media available in the web are content communities, blogs, social networks, forums, wikis, podcasts etc.
Content Communities organize and share particular kinds of content For example, flicker shares photos, del.icio.us shares bookmark links, youtube shares videos.
Blogs are online journals where you can share your views and thoughts. It has become the most popular social media now a days. Your most recent entries come at the top of your blog.
Social Networks allow people to build personal web pages and then connect with friends to share contents and also communicate with them. Myspace is the best example of a big social network.
Forums are the place of online discussion on certain topics or interest. For example, Ubuntu Forums is a help and support forums for ubuntu linux.
Wikis websites allow people to add or edit content or information where contents or information act as a communal document. Online encyclopaedia is the best example of wiki based website.
Podcasts websites make audio and video files available by subscription through services like Apple iTunes.
Hope the above information will give you brief idea on the concept of social media. I will try to document the websites category wise in my next posts. If we can create a network of 8-10 people who will be solely working in those websites, we will be able to redirect lots of visitors to our websites.
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