My association with the social media began when I was in isolation during my treatment, my only contact with the outside world was Facebook, and it kept me constant contact with my family.
Even before we look at mobile vs. web, my generation approaching 50 would have more fundamental question that really understands what the social media is all about no doubt it is defined as a form of electronic communication that allowed users to create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages and other content.
Let’s look at social media, I mean Media is an instrument on communication, like newspapers, radio, or whatever, if so, and then social media becomes social instrument of communication. In my younger days we called it gossip.
Jokes apart from where I stand, with reference to web world it would mean something that not only gives information, but interacts with you while giving that information. This could be as simple as asking you for your comments or letting you vote on an article, it could as complex as sending you idiotic recommendations, based on ratings from people of similar interests.
Somewhere along the line the social media is more democratic because it is a two way street and allows you to communicate too.
For long time, the use of Media, interchangeably with news lead me to be thoroughly confused, with social media business. But then I figured it’s not the same thing. You see while social media is a large collage , social news (different from gossip) is part of the great umbrella. But so are wiki’s and social networking.
Then there are these different pieces, that add to the collage—like social bookmarking, that tags and searches through websites bookmarked by others Del.icio.us is one these. Then the social networking like Facebook, Hi5 where we interact by adding friends, commenting on profiles, joining social groups and having discussions. Photo and video sharing sites like Flickr and YouTube. Wiki’s that interact by adding articles.
In my personal space Web has brought me a sense of acceptance, it connected me to wonderful people round the world. Even in the extended social circle where I was an embarrassing associate I find acceptance… (One reason why Shraddha Sharma of YourStory.com struck a chord ). I buy look books that my fellow book worms who I have never met, recommend. I try on the shoulder of friend and fellow blogger again I have never met, I find people who are on the same wavelength as me. I regularly use Flickr, meet-up, Facebook, Linkedin, twitter, 123 greetings. I do online counselling.
But mobiles I am still challenged with slowly I am learning the handling of the mobile. I realize that web screens don’t get distorted, when they are viewed on the smart phones or androids, because the web screens are interactive. When I choose a template I can actually check it out on my phone and see how it looks.
When it comes to my writing, The writing has to be crispier as the mobile or android reading is more stressful and the reader tends to get distracted.
Right now I am working at mobile literacy. That is how does my mobile work, what apps do I really need, and what can throw out. What is 3G how does that work? In my space. What is the internet pack how do I use it. Finally I do I go to my docs, modify and upload it.
Social media has made me more connected, and Mobile social media which is the immediate future has added that tiny wonderment, thrill of discovery. At the end of the day, it media, it is how we use it that matters.
“I am participating in the #SMWBangalore activity at BlogAdda in association with Social Media Week Bangalore“