Social media basically means any human communication or sharing information on internet that occurs through the medium of computer, tablet or mobile. Social media is a very common in today’s modern world, and is considered to be one of humanity’s greatest achievements and accomplishments. Never before humans were connected to each other as in today’s world. Social media has made communication a lot easier than ever before. Now, with a touch of a button people could communicate with anybody anywhere in the world. It is also a good tool for education. Websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram makes communication with others an easy task.
Social media has a history dating back to the 1970s. ARPANET, which first came online in 1967, had by the late 1970s developed a rich cultural exchange of non-government/business ideas and communication. But social media is a topic of controversy today. Some people feel that social media has destroyed human interaction with a rapid rate and has modified modern human relationships. But there are others who feel that it is a blessing that has connected us to every part of the world, we can meet our loved ones that are far, we can spread awareness through it, we can send security warnings etc. There is a lot that social media can do. But it is an unarguable fact the presence of social media has made our lives convenient, easier and much faster.
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Here are some of the most commonly used social media sites.
Almost everybody has a Facebook account, there are about 500 million Facebook accounts. Facebook allow its users to chat with each other, to see each other’s pictures, and to comment on any post. Which is very useful in the business and marketing world. Facebook has improved communication and even made communication a better experience.
The ability to see other’s pictures, comments, and other personal information, makes privacy a major issue. Most people no longer have private lives, because they post their personal information on the internet.
YouTube is a video sharing service where users can watch, like, share, comment, and upload their own videos. The video service can be accessed on PCs, laptops, tablets and via mobile phones. YouTube is a free to use service and a can be a great space for teens to discover things they like. YouTube is used to watch music videos, comedy shows, how to guides, recipes, hacks and more. Teens also use the video-sharing service to follow their favourite vloggers (video blogger), subscribe to other YouTubers and celebrities they are interested in.
Twitter is known as a micro-blogging site. Blogging has been around for some time. Usually blogging consists of people setting up basic websites where they write about whatever they want, whether it be politics, sport, cooking, fashion etc. Posting a message is known as a tweet. People make connections by following other people’s twitter feeds. Tweets are instantaneous. In seconds, a tweet can alert the world to disasters.
We have millions of users around the world that use social media on day to day basis. There is a mixed bag of reactions regarding it. One must carefully weigh the positives and the negatives before engaging excessively in social media. If used in the correct way social media can be a boon for mankind.