Perhaps there are people who are confused about the terms social media, social networking, and a variety of other current terms used to basically mean communicating on the Internet.
The following post was written by Margaret Gust, our guest blogger from Florida. Let us know if you relate to it…
I didn’t think I used social networking. When I hear the term, I think Facebook, Twitter, My Space, Match.com, etc. I researched the term on the Internet today and discovered that I have been social networking for years. I was an early subscriber to Classmates.com, and actually found 3 people who went to Kindergarten through high school graduation with me.
Also, I have been using Instant Messenger for over 15 years in my work life. Turns out that is a form of social networking as well, as is the online program of college courses I just completed, and the message boards on various websites that I have been visiting for years. Turns out I am rather a network social butterfly!
Even the government is using the social networking phenomenon to reach the public. NASA has been using social networking for the past several years to reach Generation Y (born 1980s on). The Centers for Disease Control uses social networking rather extensively and have even used Whyville.net, a children’s site, to illustrate to children the importance of vaccinations. Several US government agencies have used Facebook (and Twitter) to recruit and post job listings.
How are you using social media?