I was in the generation when Facebook boomed. Being almost a full time traveller at the time, I saw it as an invaluable way of keeping in touch with friends and family as well as a useful contact tool for those who I met along the way. However, now social media to me is becoming so much more. It is no longer just a form of networking. It can be used as a form of Public Relations and continued client contact by companies. More importantly for me, it is becoming a highly useful tool for newsgathering.
Over the past few years, the term Twitter has been popping up everywhere in the world of news. I hear it in news bulletins on the radio and television and most newspapers have a page dedicated to twitter comments and blog opinions. Though many disagree, to me social media outlets are a fantastic news source as posts reach their audience direct and uncut.
I interact with social media each day – in fact it plays a pretty central role in my life at present. The majority of my use is for the gathering of information and organisation of events during the week. Facebook allows me to keep up with friends and organise both work and activities, whilst Twitter leads me to articles and blogs that can inform me of significant trends and stories in the media (and even potential work opportunities from time to time).
The explosion of social media in recent years has allowed absolutely everyone to become their own agent and representative, publicising their personal skills and abilities. It has also allowed anyone with an interest to become part of the news gathering process.
I personally think it’s a great tool to employ in journalism if used intelligently. Though I can also see why others find it difficult to see the worth. I guess the reasons for this will be something that we explore through this blog! Ultimately the way in which information is exchanged and disseminated has changed phenomenally in the past decade. It will be interesting to see how the effects of social media continue to alter news origination and production in years to come.
Social media are media being used online for interactive communication in the modern world. It is the way the 21st century communicates today. The work which is published and shared through social media in the form of text, pictures, videos and audios are part of social media. Some of the examples of social media include youtube, flickr, facebook, my space, friend wise, friend finder, classmate, classmates etc.
All these social networking websites function like an online community of internet users. Besides many advantages of online interaction, there are some disadvantages as well about which we should be well aware of. They include data theft and viruses. Similarly, there are examples of predators or individuals who claim to be someone that they are never.
Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Delicious,… those are nouns that few years ago were almost unknown. However, we live in an interconnected world, in a global society and nowadays social media are the way we interact with other people, share files, do business and so on. We have to bare in mind that social media are online applications.
Social Media brought a social revolution. It has changed out behavior in way no one expected. And it also change the trade we work in (journalism). Today, traditional media use new technologies to interact with their audiences and at the same time this audience has become a productive way of gathering news and let citizens be part of the news process. Now there are even social media correspondents and online sites of traditional media are boosting places, they have acquired a massive importance in journalism.
Finally, and from a personal experience, social media let me be in touch with my relatives in Spain in a easier and cheaper way, interacting with my old mates and family from the UK, where I currently live.