Social Media

What is Social Media?

One day I was discussing (one of the most popular and in demand social networking site) Facebook with a friend and how we all use Facebook on a daily basis, my friend turned around to say “at the front of my house is a wooden thing called a door and when I open it there is a world full of real people who talk with their mouths and not their keyboards.” This statement brought up many questions for me. Has social media taken over our lives? Do we spend more time indoors on a computer reading about the world rather than living in it? I feel this statement can be argued against, for many different reasons due to the effect and strong influences it has over us.

Social media is a way of digitally communicating to others through the web, popular sites like, twitter, Facebook, along with blogging sites such as Tumblr, and WordPress do this well by exchanging facts and fiction to other users. The information that is shared can be accessed daily. This can be seen as a good way of broadcasting and discussing certain subject that may have interested you. Social media is using the web to create and form opinions at the click of a mouse or the type of a button.

I feel this can be seen as a great opportunity to explore and prompt. Social media is a great tool when used in the right way, for example when advertising a brand or product a simple and effective use of promotion is word of mouth but using a computer, connecting with others to talk about this certain brands or products can then be rated, commented and describe in positive views using the web as an effective way of passing these opinions through different social networks. From this information a product or brand can improve or changed due to the comments given over the web. I feel this is a fast and effective way of marketing a product or brand. Social media is an ‘internet based tool for sharing and discussing information’. 

I also feel social media can be a way of prompting ones self, along with actually objects and companies. Facebook and twitter are perfect examples of socialising with other users, friends and families, we can communicate on a whole new level. It is a fantastic way of expressing your interests and passions along with ideas and have others follow, tweet, and comment on what you have to say.

Twitter is a great way connecting and communicating with other people who share your interests, for example I am a cricket enthusiast and using twitter I am able to keep up to date with all the news and gossip surrounding cricket on the go with my iPhone. Social media do not always have to start in front of a computer screen. In conclusion to my friends statement, I feel social media isn’t a negative impact on our world it surrounds us and involves us in everyday life but also helps connect and 
communicate on an easy and fast intensity which in turn builds and encourages word of mouth.


About Grach

I love meeting new people, I study Advertising at Falmouth University and live near Bristol, Im a creative thinking and a very organised person. My friends call me Gracie and I love my friends to bits! :)

Posted on October 9, 2011, in Social Media. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hey Grace great first blog, very interesting read 🙂

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