Posts Tagged ‘facebook’

Social Media

October 18, 2008

Social media is part of Web 2.0 and refers to content that is created and rated by users.

Social media includes but is not limited to:

  • social networking – personal or business (eg MySpace, facebook, LinkedIn)
  • video sites
  • forums
  • blogging
  • podcasts
  • folksonomies (categorisation by consumers and creators rather than using traditional taxonomies)

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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Social Networking

November 7, 2007

Social networking websites are online communities where users can create webpages or mini websites and link these to others who have the same interests and are on the same network. The best-known social networks are currently Facebook, Bebo and MySpace.

Social networking sites initially became popular with bands, musicians and film makers who wanted to build a fan base, sometimes while avoiding big businesses such as record companies. However now such networks are increasingly used by businesses specifically to reach particular demographics.

Although often seen as a youth phenomenon, older people are particularly active users of online networking sites.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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Web 2.0

October 13, 2007

Web 2.0 commonly refers to the second generation of web development and usage.

Rather than the web being simply a tool to provide information to the user, or to sell products and services online, Web 2.0 uses the web as a collaborative and participatory tool in itself.

The growth in social networking sites such as Facebook, Bebo and MySpace; the explosion of user-generated (and user-managed) websites such as Wikipedia; and the upsurge in niche and vertical sites rather than broad content sites; are all part of Web 2.0.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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