The last few years have seen a marked increase in the use of Social Media on the internet through the use of computers, ipads, iphones and every other form of hand-held communication device available in today’s market place.
The companies involved are constantly competing for a bigger and better share by updating software, providing the best service possible (although some don’t always get this right) and benefit-adding.
For example, Facebook started out much like Flicker. It was a place to show off photos and text comments. But it wasn’t long before businesses started to hop in on the act and the creation of fan pages came into being. Twitter followed with a totally new approach that brought world events into our lives in the space of minutes of them happening.
Like facebook, fan pages, and twitter, it’s the numbers that count and it wasn’t long before tweetAdder came along, allowing members to automatically add others to their twitter list, while automatically adding a number of other functions. These features made it possible for members to add tens of thousands to their lists, giving them the power to communicate with thousands all over the world.
We are now seeing instances where high court judges are forbidding media to broadcast certain information, only to have twitter and other social media freely spreading the forbidden word. Not much goes on in the world today that does not get noticed somewhere. RSS feeds are another example of information spreading across the globe within minutes of a major happening.
Is it good or bad? William Shakespeare (1564-1660) created the lasting quotation, `Nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes it so.’ Does this mean that one man’s thoughts will be the same as another’s?
We all have our own opinions as to whether something is good or bad for the world to hear about or not hear about. That will never be resolved. We are individuals and, as such, have a right to our opinions so long as we don’t insist on forcing them on others.
I believe google+ will take off in a big way. After all, google will have watched and learned from the mistakes of other social media sites. Google+ is not too dissimilar from Facebook and I prefer their rules over facebook’s but that may all change as the competition hots up.
Blogging can be fun – it’s one of the best ways of freely making known your opinions on world events. My main rules are to avoid getting personal or disrespectful. It’s a great medium so use it and express yourself freely; don’t be afraid to voice your thoughts, and keep in mind that democracy is the proven best way; nothing can compare with freedom of speech so let’s fight to keep it that way.