Post Date : Jul 22, 2013 Posted by : Austin Faux Comment :
By Austin Faux on July 22, 2013 in Social Media
For many people, they simply cannot imagine a time when social media did not exist. As Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others continue to take the world by storm, it's interesting to see just how many areas of life this form of communication and information has taken an active role in controlling. While many people see social media as a positive, others have complained of its ability to "dumb down" society by having everyone put their thoughts into 140 characters or less and make the world a far less personal place to live.
Rather than just having to rely on long-distance phone calls and snail mail to stay in touch with family and friends, sites such as Facebook and Twitter have revolutionized how the world stays in touch. With more than one billion users, Facebook has the ability to reach a staggering number of people almost instantly. Posting one's thoughts about any issue, uncensored, brings many a sense of free speech they never thought possible. However, while it can be used for good, it can also be used for evil. The growth of online bullying through social network sites has both parents and educators concerned, resulting in laws that are having to be created and passed on the run to combat the sometimes cruel effects words and pictures can have on children.
Whatever the topic, there's sure to be a blog about it somewhere on the World Wide Web. Animals, music, politics, sports and more have numerous people giving their opinions and sometimes building up devoted followings of readers. Moving more and more to replacing traditional newspapers, blogs also offer tips on the latest technology, medical advice, travel information and everything else one can think of. Numerous sites are available allowing people to set up their own blog, with most doing so for free. Word Press is one of the most popular blog-creation sites, letting those with an opinion on something to have a forum to do so. With video and photo uploads, podcasts and advertisements blogging is here to stay, and will only become more popular in the coming years.
The State of Privacy
As social media evolves, concerns mount with a r SEO Expert and others as to the privacy of many citizens. With more people than ever possessing Smartphone’s, there is virtually no act that will go unnoticed or captured by photo or video. YouTube has become the forum for everyone from aspiring performers to those seeking justice in third-world nations, all hoping theirs is the video that goes viral and attracts the attention of the right people. With the ease of taking pictures or videos and uploading them to the internet, much abuse of the technology has taken place. Whatever one's feelings are regarding social media today, the fact is it is here to stay and will continue to grow in use and popularity. The key to its continued success will be man's ability to use it for all the right reasons, and learn how to regulate and legislate it appropriately when necessary.
Austin Faux writes blogs for Social Media Today. While at work I'm researching the latest social media trends. But when I'm at home you can find me playing with my two wonderful kids, helping my wife relax and messing around on my nerd podcast, "I Am A Super Nerd." Find me on Facebook.
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