February 3, 2010

TOW4: Defining Social Media in 140 Characters

Posted in 1 at 10:28 PM by Victoria

My professor Barbara Nixon requested that we define Social Media using 140 characters and refer to Adam Vincenzini blog for direction.

Vincenzini states that we spend so much time attempting to define social media instead of “using it.” I totally agree with him. Many people go through life getting caught up trying to define what things are instead of using it and determining their own view on things.

Vincenzini cited 2 reasons for needing to know the definition of social media:

1. Social Media is still misunderstood by a good percentage of consumers

2. For those who do use Social Media, it’s a very personal medium, and is often ‘defined’ by the user, depending on his / her needs; for communicators, this is particularly challenging.

I want to begin by analyzing some of the definitions that stood out to me.

Joanne Jacobs:  Social Media are tools & services which facilitate communication between individuals for decision making, cultural exchange & conversation

-This is meaningful because the internet is powerful and has become even more forceful because of social media. People are finally getting the chance to voice their opinions and this has paved the way to shaping how we think feel and act because of the direct two-way communication.

J Garant:  A borderless space to consume & share information & opinions – to engage directly with industry minds & develop personally and professionally

I absolutely love his interpretation of social media. He incorporates the fact that the internet and social media have no boundaries and with social media it is a form of direct communication. It is the place to network, gain new friends, or renew old friendships.

The words that stood out to me when I read over other definitions were “unrestricted, “sharing,” “community,” “conversation,” “connecting,” etc.

With that being said, my definition of Social Media: a form of media that offers limitless opportunities to grow, connect, and expand personally and professionally.

If you would like to read what others said please visit Vincenzini’s Blog 

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2 Comments »

  1. micaelacarter said,

    Victoria, I really enjoyed reading your post on what you think social media is.
    I will have to say after reading all the definitions that you chose as your favorite, I would say that this one is one of my fav.

    J Garant: A borderless space to consume & share information & opinions – to engage directly with industry minds & develop personally and professionally

    I love how he started out using the word borderless, to me that word could not be more perfect when describing social media, because there really are not boundaries.

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