Posted on June 30, 2017
Once upon a time, there was no such thing as "social media." There was media - newspapers and magazines, and eventually radio and television, and finally the Internet. These forms of mass communication - communication to loads and loads of people at one time - were very important especially in democracies, since citizens could become and stay informed of current events and important issues.
But the Internet was capable of so much more than just blasting out written words and audio-visual news. People could interact with each other in regards to issues and news, and they could build networks. They could share personal photos and news, and digital creations like memes and gifs, and they could "publish" such items easily and for free.
It was the 1990s and early 2000s when computer wunderkinds were building the first sorts of social media, and at that time, one or more people coined the term.
The most used social media platforms of today are (in order, with most used being #1):
3. Linked In
4. Google +
Mashable is a news blog that focuses on social media and technology. It created Social Media Day in 2010.
The idea of the day is to recognize and celebrate social media and its contributions to education, journalism, entertainment, and citizenship.
I want to point out that social media has some really bad effects as well as many really good ones. Going forward, we should try to recognize and further the good effects, but we also need to recognize the bad effects. We need to brainstorm ways to lessen the bad effects, or eliminate them altogether if possible.
Naturally, I'm not talking about censorship. I'm talking about education and consciousness raising and possibly some technological advances to make social media better.
Check out this debate on social media.