Social Media is one of the most over-used phrases these days. Everybody knows a little bit about it but few could answer what it really is.
Every day I see some Facebook friends posting warnings on their wall, warning us about changes that supposedly change privacy settings. Most of these warnings are misleading and it is time that we all take charge of our own settings – none of your friends can take that responsibility away from us!
On December 16th 2011 I invited 5 Social Media users to talk about the impact of Social Media on Democracy – The video clips below are a documentation of this very interesting evening and I invite you to browse them or watch them in sequence. The idea for the event was in context with the recent municipal election but also with a CBC Media Panel
From the Arab Spring to the Recent Municipal Elections – the Social Media Revolution is reshaping our democracies – or is it?
Is Social Media a fad? Are the changes in the way we perceive and report politics less dramatic than they seem?
How do we deal with the influence of digital media channels?
I am deeply touched that Rawle’s views of the role of Social Media in our lives match mine. I am so glad that I met this man who put into such beautiful words how fear can make us push away the opportunities that lie in the new ways to connect with people all over the world.
It is easy to see that what we call Social Media today is well on the way to become a major factor in our lives. This change parallels our desire for taking charge of our lives. Social Media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube make all users equal. I (theoretically) have the same option to create a Media Outlet as the professional publisher.
Social Media is the democratization of information, transforming people from content readers into publishers. It is the shift from a broadcast mechanism, one-to-many model, rooted in conversations between authors, people, and peers [email protected]
Like in every election a lot of candidates of in the BC civic elections are rushing to Twitter to get the word out. It is hard to reach a larger group of people in any Network if you haven’t taken the time to build a following. A great way to catch up to lost time is to use what is called a “#Hashtag”
Fact is: If you appear too little you lose followers because you have to earn our trust all over again. If you over-share (like I sometimes do) you may lose followers that are overwhelmed or “just not so much into you”
I was so fortunate to talk to Cathryn about blogging and Social Media on one late summer afternoon and would like to share the interview with you over the next couple of blog posts.
Many people struggle with the question: “What am I going to write about?” Hear what Cathryn Wellner a.k.a. @storyroute has to say about that: