Social Media: Definition & Resources

The following is directly from Wikipedia, and represents the definition for Social Media. As the definition includes numerous links to various social media tools and technology, and resources, I thought it would benefit our loyal readers to include the entire section on this site. Certainly, reviewing the basics from time to time can’t hurt, right?

Social Media – As defined on Wikipedia

Social media can take many different forms, including Internet forums, weblogs, social blogs, microblogging, wikis, podcasts, pictures, video, rating and social bookmarking. By applying a set of theories in the field of media research (social presence, media richness) and social processes (self-presentation, self-disclosure) Kaplan and Haenlein created a classification scheme for different social media types in their Business Horizons article published in 2010. According to Kaplan and Haenlein there are six different types of social media: collaborative projects, blogs and microblogs, content communities, social networking sites, virtual game worlds, and virtual communities. Technologies include: blogs, picture-sharing, vlogs, wall-postings, email, instant messaging, music-sharing, crowdsourcing, and voice over IP, to name a few. Many of these social media services can be integrated via social network aggregation platforms.


Collaboration/authority building


Reviews and opinions


Brand monitoring

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