The World of Social Media

Social media: (noun pl but singular or pl in constr) forms of electronic communication (as Web sites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (as videos).

Social media has developed to allow for information to be shared instantaneously: image and video sharing, spontaneous group get-togethers, and worldwide, real time news announcements are sent through time and space with the click of a button, and can spread like wildfire.

In the following pages we will discuss several aspects of social media and how it affects our culture. Issues such as how social media is changing the way people communicate, positive and negative effects of social media, celebrities in social media as well as the psychology and the future of social media.

Just as countries around the world can be broken down into niche communities so too can the social web. Social Web sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter allow us to communicate to our own personal network, just as the newspaper caters to the larger community.