We have never been that social as in this year of 2009. We already call this year ‘the year of the social media’, with the biggest developments in the field of integrating all social media websites for optimal social media use. We are expanding our use of social media; we are registered at multiple social media websites. It is no longer surprising to see a large row of social media buttons on each webpage. The possibilities for connecting us with other Internet users are endless. The social media enables us to connect with thousands of people, mostly called friends or subscribers. But the question that arises with the emerging social media is why we are doing this and how social are we really?
Social media is all about sharing. We want to share ourselves with the people active on the Internet. We are able to share our profile, photos, videos, comments, favorites, blogs, etc. We want to engage with the Internet and be respected and accepted by others.
“I have uploaded new pics, please leave a comment”, is a phrase which you see at loads of the web pages of social media users. They are asking their friends and viewers to comment on their new uploaded pictures. A social media user want to be paid attention to by being commented upon, being followed, being looked at, being rated, being referred to. We want to make ourselves visible for everyone on the web, because this makes ourselves feel good. We want to see that others are seeing us!
This interaction between us and our ‘friends’ enables us to communicate. Every human has always the craving to communicate, it is part of humanity. There aren’t people who are born egoistic, we all long for communication. The social media is our new ‘modern’ tool for fulfilling this need. We want to be connected and stay connected with everything and everyone in order to communicate. The opportunities for having a conversation increases with the help of social media.
This year of social media has led us to enter to a totally different world. We talk, ask, deliberate, criticize, appreciate, influence, point out, advice; all mediated with the social media. Once we get the hang of using social media we will ask for more. Companies are also starting with operating and advertising through social media. Social media is our future.
A funny video about social media:
References: http://digitallabz.com/blogs/11-reasons-you-cant-ignore-social-media-in-2009.html http://www.cpasuccess.com/2009/01/shortest-list-ever-the-top-1-reason-to-use-social-media.html http://johnnyholland.org/2009/02/20/discovery-vs-creation-relating-to-social-media/ http://seo2.0.onreact.com/10-reasons-to-use-social-media