What is Social Media?

by Tracey Hausel on March 22, 2010

Social MediaIf you’re new to the internet or even if you are not so new to the internet you’ve probably heard of social media. You may have even asked yourself or others the question, “What is Social Media?”

When I sat down to write this article, I realized that I had no clue how to put the answer to the question, What is Social Media? in my own words.

So I went to everyone’s favorite free encyclopedia and they answered the question for me.

What is Social Media? According to Wikipedia on Monday, March 22, 2010:

Social media is media designed to be disseminated through social interaction, created using highly accessible and scalable publishing techniques. Social media uses Internet and web-based technologies to transform broadcast media monologues (one to many) into social media dialogues (many to many). It supports the democratization of knowledge and information, transforming people from content consumers into content producers.

Hmmm, so in other words social media allows us to talk back and forth with the writer of an article or post instead of just reading an article. Now, we can comment on it and anything else we want.

Now, you may be asking, “What are the parts of social media?” Well, they are

•    Blogs – You’re reading on now.

•    Photo Sharing – Flickr

•    Video Sharing – YouTube

•    Personal Social Networks- Ning

•    Webinars – online classes or workshops

•    Email – Gmail

•    Wikis – Wikipedia

•    Podcasting – audio sites (iTunes hosts podcasts)

•    Microblogs – Twitter

•    SMS- texting

•    Collaborative tools – GoToMeeting

In upcoming articles I’ll talk about types of social media platforms and online social networks in general and how they can be used in your Affiliate Network Marketing plan.

Does your definition of social media differ from Wikipedia’s and my summary? Well, then share it with everyone in the comment section below.

P.S. My favorite book (yes, one you could buy from Amazon or maybe even borrow from your local library) in learning about overall social media marketing is  Social Media Marketing: An Hour a Day by Dave Evans

PPS Will I make a huge commission if you buy the book from me? No, but I’ll make a small one.

PPPS Don’t forget to share this post with your friends and followers on your social networks.

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  • So many people hear the term “social media” and have no idea what it is about–especially when they first start looking at internet marketing as a source of income. This is a great, comprehensive post that explains those terms without getting into the nitty gritty before they even understand the basics. I'll certainly pass this on.

  • Thanks Judy. This is the first of a series that I hope helps new entrepreneurs in the big, scary, social world.

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  • ilkaflood

    Hi Tracey, … You're off to a great start here at your blog and I'll certainly bookmark it and stop by more often.

    Isn't social media a cool thing? I'm so glad it includes blog commenting or I'd probably never found you. Just in case you're curious, I came over from Jason Better's blog.

    Have an awesome weekend and much continued success!

    Ilka

  • Hey Tracy,

    My definition is way different than Wikipedia…

    Because the WEB itself is social.

    If I had to draft up a definition I would say that…

    Social Media is any conversation open to a crowd.

  • Jason, I have to admit. I like your definition better than Wikipedia's. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Thanks Ilka! I am really loving the whole community thing that can grow up around a blog. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Hey lovely Tracey!

    Excellent posts. I just bookmarked it to Delicious- a social bookmarking site. Would you classify social bookmarking sites like Delicious as one of the parts of social media?

    Love

    Tania

  • Hi Tania!

    Yeah I would consider social bookmarking sites like Delicious as a part of social media. You can share your bookmarks with others and you can comment/review them.

    Thanks for stopping by,

    Love,

    Tracey

  • Hi Tania!

    Yeah I would consider social bookmarking sites like Delicious as a part of social media. You can share your bookmarks with others and you can comment/review them.

    Thanks for stopping by,

    Love,

    Tracey

  • Anonymous

    If you believe that social bookmarking sites like Delicious, as part of social media. You can share your bookmarks with others and can comment / review.

  • Absolutely, you can share your bookmarks with others for comment and review. I’ve started doing just that with Tribe Pro.

    Thanks for stopping by.

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