Wednesday, September 15, 2010

What is your perception of social media, do you think it is a fad or the biggest shift since the Industrial Revolution?

I believe that social media is one of the biggest shifts since industrial revolution with over 500 million users on Facebook, 105 million on Twitter, and over 200 million on Myspace I wouldn’t call this a fad since millions and millions of people use Social media and it’s rising every day. Sixty percent of internet users are connected to social networks. Moreover, as we're in the computer age and mostly everyone has a computer or access to a computer, people usually end up using a social network when they’re bored at work, school, or at home.

I find that my friends and I use social networks most when we're bored, usually by texting, checking e-mails, going on facebook etc. Millions of people use social media to communicate with one another, like talking to friends or family. Many people also use social networks to express how they feel about certain things going on in their life or things going on in the world. Now that social networks are how people are keeping in touch they also use them to plan events and meetings. Therefore, the authorities are also using these networks to find out where or when a dangerous event might take place, and take precautionary measures. Employers are even using social networks like Facebook to do a personal check on possible new hires.  

The social media is very convenient for people, therefore, it can also be very dangerous as many people don't think twice about what they are posting for the world to see. I try to pay close attention to who has access to my information, because I know that it wouldn't be good if it got into the wrong hands. I will continue to use social networks though, as they are so easy and convenient to contact people, plan events, express opinions and much more.

1 comment:

  1. I agree that you do need to think twice about what you post on "facebook" or "Twitter" as you do not know who will see what you post. I like the part where you say " Employers are even using social networks like Facebook to do a personal check on possible new hires", from a business point of view its a great way to check out up on people you may hire and see who your future employer might be. But from a student point of view, it's a way for us to express our thoughts and opinons to friends and family and share picutres from parties or a night out. But being in a Law and Security Program, we need to watch what we post because they look at everything we do and see if were really worth hiring or not when we go in for our interviews.