Running Head: Media
NF103: Computer Literacy
August 12, 2013
Running Head: Media
Social media plays a very important role in today's society. If you ask yourself, "What is social media?", what do you think of? Social media can be used for communication between two people or a group of people. It can also be used to look up information. Webopedia.com describes the term as, "a variety of web-based platforms, applications and technologies that enable people to socially interact with one another online." There are many ways to communicate using computers but it seems like people are spending more of their hours on social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter. Facebook was created in 2004 by multiple students but the lead creator that we hear most about is Mark Zukerberg. It was first used by Harvard students to allow students to post pictures and share information with fellow students. It was not originally called Facebook. The first given name was "Facemash" and then called "the Facebook."(Laztko, L.) It was then given the name "Facebook" in 2005. Until 2006, Facebook was only open to students of colleges including Yale and Stanford. Today, there are 665 million active users. (Facebook) Facebook has many features that appeals to the user. You sign into Facebook and the first thing you see is, "What is on your mind?" You no longer have to call all your friends and tell them you are having a bonfire and they are all invited. Just write in your status area that you are having that bonfire and everyone is invited. You can even "tag" your Running Head: Media
friends in your status so they get notified that there was something written to them. Tagging your friends is like linking the person to what you wrote or what picture you have posted of them. Facebook even allows you to search people, places or things. If you can not find what you are looking for in that search, it will link to the web and search the web for you. You can also keep informed on your favorite movies and TV shows. There may be a biography on your favorite actor that just posted and you can read it right away. Other features include: birthdays, events, groups, pages and many more. Facebook features many things to keep you occupied and informed. What if you wanted and quick notification on your friends. You don't want to page through your Facebook feed and look for what one friend said about their day. Maybe Twitter is what you are looking for. Keep in mind though, everyone can see what you wrote if they want. According to website-monitoring.com, Twitter came out March 2006 based out of San Francisco. It was founded by Evan Williams, Jack Dorsey and Biz Stone. Today there are 106 million users and it adds 300,000 new accounts each day. Twitter.com was not the original website address, it first was twttr.com. It took Twitter 3 years, 2 months and 1 day to reach its billionth tweet. (mediabistro.com) Today, it only takes one week for users to reach one billion tweets. Social media has taken over lives in exaggeration. "What are you doing now?" Seems to be the most important question to answer when you log onto Twitter. It is more like a rhetorical question. Not everyone really tells you that they are sitting on the toilet reading the daily newspaper. People write about more important things about themselves like they just ate at that famous restaurant in Hollywood. They may even write about how they feel, like they feel devastated about the Running Head: Media plane crash that killed two Asian girls.
So how does Twitter really work? I am not a Twitter user, so I turned to ehow.com for the answer. People on twitter have followers. Followers are other people who want read what you have to say and find your life interesting. Someone posts a "tweet" about their life, important events, what business they created and so forth. Now, someone wants to reply to...
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