Social Media Shapes the Internet… and Therefore, our World as well.

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At this point, a large number of people use Social Networks. Between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others, “social networking already accounts for 1 in every 6 minutes spent online.” (Howell, 2012, p.4) They have become such alarge part of our lives because we are able to create content and share it with people we know, near and far.

Social Media has helped people expand their borders and not only learn things about their friends, but also about people they haven’t met because “millennials are more willing than any other generation to post their personal information online yet they don’t want just anyone to have access to their personal data or web history.” (Web Strategist) Thanks to user profiles, any user of a social media site can introduce themselves to another user of that site, linked by actually knowing the person or by common interests where users can discuss something that they both enjoy.

These Networks have also greatly increased the visibility of posts and information because of how people connect. “The value in Facebook is not necessarily the “share” but the “re-share” – what can you do to get your network to post content on your behalf?” (Amy Mengle). Anytime something is posted on a social network, somebody else will see it and will likely share it with their friends as well. The point is to show off interesting pictures, videos, and information that people are guaranteed to enjoy.

Even “Google and Microsoft Bing are incorporating social conversations (and social signals) into their results” (Howell, 2012, p.6). Since Social Media sites have become so widely used, search engine sites try to make the results that lead to these sites more well known and easy to find. This makes everything a user is looking for easy to find, which adds to the ease of using social networks in our everyday life.

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2 thoughts on “Social Media Shapes the Internet… and Therefore, our World as well.

  1. I think you bring up a really interesting and totally valid point about social media. The whole point of a person’s online profile is to come off as interesting as they possibly can. People spend an endless amount of time designing their profile so more people will look at it and “like” their pictures and retweet all the interesting things that they posted.

    I also really like what you said about people wanting to put all their information out there, but let no one see it. Its so ironic and I am totally guilty of all of the above.

  2. I think it is interesting how information gets transferred so quickly through social media. One person posts something and within minutes tons of people are talking about it. I feel that social media is a place where I do learn a lot about what is going on in the world due to people sharing information. It is scary to think though, that whatever you put online, it is there forever. There are so many people who put up so much information about themselves, that it is almost unsafe.

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