Is Social Media shaping our lives?


I may be younger than most social media bloggers, marketing bloggers etc. but this doesn’t affect they way I view social media…and the internet.

People tend to assume that the ‘younger generation’ have grown up with the internet and so think of it as the norm, which it is now, and just haven’t known anything different..which obviously is true in the case of people born in the last 10 years or so.
But, in my life time (I’m 19 years old) I can remember the dial-up tone, not being able to use the phone and internet at the same time. So although I may be part of the “younger generation” I still stop and wonder ‘what would our lives be like if we didn’t have the internet…and of course; social media

I MOST DEFINITELY believe our lives would be drastically different. But would it be better?
Of course there are obvious things the internet allows us to do, like being able to converse with people living at the other side of the world easily, or publishing this blog post. The internet has opened up a whole new world of possibilities, even job roles and opportunities.

BUT do I think the internet is shaping our lives?
In a way yes because we are heavily reliant on the internet, much of what we do now involves the internet.
On the other hand, no; because we are (or should be) an active audience and so should be actively making decisions, not allowing things we see or read on the internet to influence the things we do. But it’s inevitable that this happens, of course it does.

What are your thoughts?
Is Social media shaping our lives??

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Couples Now Demanding ‘Social Media Prenups’


I was searching the internet for social media (SM) related news for you guys and came across this, and wondered what you thought. Is this taking things over the top regarding SM? Or is this the beginning of SM taking over our lives, shaping how we act/behave?

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Sky News have reported that couples, in America, have begun asking their attorney’s for social media clauses in prenuptial agreements. According to a top attorney a third of her clients are asking for this clause to be added to their prenup. A breach of this prenup agreement can result in a fine of up to $50,000 (£29,700).

Read the original story below:

Couples Now Demanding ‘Social Media Prenups’.

and here’s another, similar, post by The Daily Mail

Are couples taking social media too far/too seriously?

What are your thoughts on this story?

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The Internet.


I know the internet is used by millions of people on a day to day basis but I wonder what it would be like without the internet. Would people feel socially outcast? Would people feel as self conscious? Would there be as many medical/scientific advances? Would people be more sociable?

Without the internet the world would be a completely different place.

For me the internet is a vital part of every day life; after all I am a student studying a media degree…making the internet important for my studies. The internet enables people, who in the “real world” may never meet, to speak…converse…get to know one another. The internet can create relationships, partnerships, careers.

On the other hand the internet can break relationships, it can destroy someone’s career…I believe the internet is what you make of it. If you put information, pictures etc. you aren’t proud of on the internet then, at the end of the day, you’ve only got yourself to blame if that information, or a certain image, comes round to bite you.

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Social Media: Do We Share too Much Information Online?


Some people share more information online than others, but the question is….

Do YOU think we (as a society who uses the internet) share too much information online?

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What Social Media should I be using?


Browsing through my WordPress and Twitter feeds (where I have most followers and interactivity) I see a lot of people questioning; “what social media should I be using?”. It would seem that, even though people want to get their content (blog, website etc.) out there, they’re either A) reluctant to join dozens of social media sites, or B) just don’t have the time.

Personally, I am a member of Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and, of course, WordPress!! This may seem a bit unnecessary to some people, while other people may also be members of these social networking sites. HOWEVER, and this (to me) is the most important part, even though I am a member of all these different social media sites, I have 3 primary ‘go-to’ sites – 3 sites which I will ALWAYS update (whether it be asking a question or posting a newly published blog post).

My ‘go-to’ sites consist of LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook as I (personally) have found these create the most traffic to my blog! These are the 3 sites which work best for me…it may not be that way for you, though. If this isn’t the way you do it, how do you manage your social networking sites? Do you have 3 (maybe more, maybe less) ‘go-to’ sites? I’d love to know how you manage your social media sites.

Basically, if you’re new to blogging, or are just getting into integrating your social media; find out what works best for YOU. Maybe you’ll find posting a link to a couple of your blog posts every 3-4 hours (or whenever you feel is necessary) on 2 different social media platforms is enough. If that works best for you then I say go for it. It’s entirely dependent on yourself; how much time you have, and so..

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Effects of Social Media


Does social media affect the way in which we behave? Is social media influencing what we do and how we do it? Do you think social media affects you?

It’s hard to imagine what life would be like without your smartphone…isn’t it? As saddening as it sounds we are becoming increasingly hooked to our mobiles, tablets and other  devices. Social media is often perceived as being a platform for teens, however this is no longer the case! In 2013, 71% of online adults used Facebook.

There are issues surrounding social media and how much it’s used, especially (it would seem) by younger generations as parents may worry about high usage of social media leading to poor spelling, grammar and textspeak. However, social media isn’t all negative as it offers many opportunities, if used in the correct way, and it provides us with a whole new way of communicating.

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Some social media sites restrict their users with a character limit. For example Twitter, which forces its users to post updates which are no longer than 140 characters long (including any pictures, links and hashtags). To begin with, when you start using Twitter, this can be an issue, however you learn to condense your ideas into 140 characters after using Twitter for so long. The character limit, however, results in people overusing textspeak; which involves a lot of abbreviating. For example; LOL which means laugh out loud, BTW which means by the way and so on…

Improving your writing

Gone have the times when you’d just write to one single person, as you can potentially reach hundreds, even thousands, of people with just one singular post. Therefore, the issue surrounding social media eroding our writing skills could be viewed as being a load of nonsense, because actually social media offers many great tools to improve writing skills, such as blogging. Blogging doesn’t just improve your writing skills, it also helps build your audience…social media has enabled writers to reach a large audience and fast!

Distinguish between Proper Grammar and Textspeak

Twitter encourages the use of textspeak because of the 140 character limit, however Facebook doesn’t have a character limit. Therefore, Facebook users can afford to use proper grammar; also as there is no character limit this would encourage users to use proper grammar (although I guess it’s a personal choice)! Meaning users of social media have to learn when it is and isn’t appropriate to use textspeak (such as abbreviations, slang etc.). Although blogs, emails and even some written papers can, occasionally, include some textspeak, slang or abbreviations, most writers know the correct way to write according to their audience, and they often do so.

Do we overshare on social media?

Social media has opened up people’s lives, as people post Facebook status’ about things they wouldn’t necessarily tell their friends face-to-face, or on the phone. This could, potentially, open up conversations in person, likewise using “social” media sites such as LinkedIn to display and showcase your expertise can also gain you connections in your desired area/field and potential employment. Thus social media isn’t as isolating as people may think!!

Positive effects of social media

  • Connects you to others, whether it is to talk about general interests or it is strictly professional.
  • Social media has enabled ‘normal people’, who wouldn’t have without social media, to become writers; to express their opinions, share their insights and experiences.
  • Connects like-minded people.
  • Possible job opportunities.
  • Oversharing can be useful, if the information which is being shared is useful.

Negative effects of social media

  • If social media is used in the wrong ways it can, potentially, stop you from getting a job. For example, posting pictures of you getting drunk on Facebook isn’t professional and so wouldn’t look great to anybody wanting to employ you.
  • Can become a platform for bullying, snide comments and generally putting people down; which is the perception some people have of social media.
  • Oversharing can become very irritating if the information which is posted is irrelevant to you, i.e. pointless Facebook status updates.

These are a few points on the effects of social media, out of thousands. So, if you’ve got anything you’d like to add feel free to comment below!

What other effects do you think social media has?

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BBC Targets Instagram Users


The BBC is making more effort to reach out to new audiences who predominantly use tablets and mobile devices to access social media platforms. The BBC made the decision to join one of the biggest social media platforms of the year; Instagram. They’ve done this in the hope that they’ll reach out to more users online and in the hope that it will encourage more and more young people to read the news; as news consumption among younger audiences seems to be ever growing.

On the 16th January the BBC launched “Instafax” which;

is a throwback to the BBC’s former Ceefax service – the world’s first teletext service that ran on UK television until 2012.

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The BBC’s Instagram page will feature 15 second long video’s, three times a day; these video’s will aim to show the round up of the days news.

Why?

Corporation hopes to reach new audiences as mobile and tablet viewing figures overtake desktop

The BBC have decided to ‘step up’ and reach new audiences by getting their online audience more involved.  It’s clear that the BBC have new audiences online between different social media platforms; with “BBCBreaking” having over 8 million Twitter followers, “BBC News” having over 3.7 million “likes” on Facebook and the “BBC” having over 1.7 million subscribers on YouTube..and these are far from all of their social media platforms!!!!

As well as this viewing figures on mobiles and tablets have, for the first time in December, taken over desktop viewing figures!! Impressive, right?

There has been mixed reactions about Instafax, ranging from people saying “Instafax is a game changer” to others saying it’s the “worst idea ever”.

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Have you been following Instafax? If so, what are your thoughts on the BBC joining Instagram?

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Social Media lessons


This year has been a successful one for social media. Not only have we seen the usage of Twitter and Facebook rise, but we have also seen some (well quite a few) new social media platforms arise.  Starting with Snapchat; which has become a very popular way to send images to friends and just communicate for fun. Not only is Snapchat one of the newest popular social media platforms but we also have the likes of Instagram (including features such as InstaVid & Instagram Direct) and Vine; which is a platform that allows its users to upload video’s which can be a maximum of 6 seconds.

Social media is more visual

Social media, in my opinion, is beginning to get more and more visual. First, we had Facebook and Twitter starting off as text based social media platforms, now they (more so Twitter than Facebook) are encouraging its users to use pictures, making Twitter more visual as they recently released the feature which allows its users to send images via. direct messaging when using a Twitter app on IOS, Android etc. Not only have Twitter added this feature to make their platform more visual but they have also recently changed the way in which images are displayed on both the app and Twitter.com. As tweets/links no longer need to be clicked to view an image, as the image is already open and visible on your Twitter feed. This is better because it catches your attention more..also it would seem that people prefer visual tweets over textual tweets; as it’s known that tweets with images are 94 percent more likely to be retweeted

Also, the fact that social media is becoming much more visual could’ve played an important role in Facebook wanting to buy Snapchat, as well as (should) know that Facebook offered Snapchat a hefty sum of $3 billion, resulting in Snapchat declining this. Maybe this was because Snapchat have envisaged that social media is becoming more and more visual, or do the creators of Snapchat think their app is worth, or will be worth, much much more than $3 billion?!

Social media’s for kids?

No, social media is not just for kids. Some people have a misconception that social media is for kids; talking to friends, making new friends, playing games etc etc. However, it’s much more than that. Why? How? Well it’s pretty clear that social media is a very influential platform, and this is why social media can have effects on people; it can effect whether somebody gets a job (or not), it can affect your relationships..

Twitter can help you get a job, so can LinkedIn and many other platforms..but they (if used wrongly) also do the opposite. Use your social networks wisely, keep it (relatively) professional; don’t let an employer see anything you would be embarrassed about (i.e. a drunken picture on your Facebook profile).

Facebook self-censorship


What is self-censorship?

Self censorship basically means to censor your own work to make sure you are happy with it; that the post, website etc. portrays you in the way you would like to be portrayed.

Facebook have began to look at posts which you have and haven’t published, they have also began tracking the trends and thoughts of the people who have typed a post, but have no hit the send button. They focus on status updates, posts on people’s timelines and comments on posts. They have called this “self-censorship” as they’re looking at the posts which people have self-censored by deleting them/choosing not to post them.

Why are Facebook doing this?

Facebook have not only decided to track people’s ‘failed’ posts, but they have also started tracking declined friend requests so that they can analyse why this is and try to make ‘failed’ posts and requests into successes. Clearly this is just another way they can improve their statistics to make them look even better than they already do, as if having approximately 1.19 billion users wasn’t enough!

Here’s an interesting statistic by Wired.co.uk

“Over the course of those 17 days, 71 percent of the users typed out a status, a comment, or both but did not submit it. On average, they held back on 4.52 statuses and 3.2 comments.”

To me this is very Big Brothery, snooping and looking at posts which users have decided not to post…what will they do next; save them?

What do you think to this?

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