Hello everyone. As you know, we like to create an open forum for discussion on meaningful topics. But only sometimes.
Usually, we just write extremely vague shit that nobody cares about. We’re actually starting to wonder why so many people keep coming back. Maybe it’s because we smell like bacon?
Welcome to the first entry into THE SIX THIRTY DICTIONARY.
What is THE SIX THIRTY DICTIONARY? Well, it’s something we made to explain things that either aren’t explained publicly or have too extreme of an influence to necessarily squeeze into a few synonyms.
Like so many other post ideas, this one sparked from a drunken conversation about how everybody has a different term for social media. We’ll never disagree with that notion.
Journalists use social media for news. Business people use social media for business. That explains why Twitter is a norm in the media industry, and it also explains why LinkedIn is a staple in the recruiting world.
Because of the massive influence, the term “social media” is interesting to package. So, we looked at the way that other sources define it, and then attempted to define it in our own words.
Here’s what we came up with.
(By the way, “Social Media” is a noun. If that’s news for you, maybe you should just stop reading this.)
How People Define “Social Media”
Websites and other online means of communication that are used by large groups of people to share information and to develop social and professional contacts.
Your electronic Second Life. Social Media can be best described with examples:
Facebook – I like doughnuts
Twitter – I’m eating #doughnuts
Instagram – Here is a polaroid-esce photo of doughnuts
Computer-mediated tools that allow people to create, share or exchange information, ideas, and pictures/videos in virtual communities and networks.
Keegan Goudie, Chief Editor
Web-based mediums that allow people to visually or verbally share and discuss their opinions, insights, interests, or daily occurrences with the world around them. Intangibly, it’s a way for people to share their personal life with social networks, typically only out of self-fulfillment or the substitution of feeling like you’ve accomplished something.
Peter Hahn, Managing Editor
For better or worse, social media means everyone is a reporter. By either sharing news or giving their original thoughts and experiences, anyone can “break” a story to another person or persons.
Conversely, in today’s society of fast pace and convenience – it’s a crutch for people to communicate to a mass audience with one photo, job update, tweet or status. Social media is Exhibit A of the impersonal and digital world we live in.
Chas Goudie, Digital Editor
Social media are search engines. For businesses, it’s about taking every opportunity to show you care about your customers and how they experience your brand in a way that is memorable and uniquely you. Recommendations and contextual social search are the future. At its core, social media requires that business leaders start thinking like small-town shop owners.
Carlyn Hill, Assitant Editor
Social media is like tofu: it’s whatever you choose to put into it. Some choose to use it for spreading and obtaining knowledge as well as enhancing their social connections.
On the other hand, it can be used negatively by those who choose to utilize it as trolls, spread negative messages, or simply using likes/shares/follows as a distraction from the real social world around them. It’s a much more interactive means of getting information and as an optimist, I choose to see the positive end of that as its core purpose.
Brian Lendino, Assistant Editor
Social media means staying connected. It’s a means of finding out news fast and a perpetual lesson in exercising self-control and brevity.
Eric Boone, Contributor
Social media is more than the technology, more than the content, and even more than the people. It is not just an interactive platform or a continuous conversation – it is a cultural organism. It is the apex of post-modernism. Social media is history recognizing itself and adapting in real time. It is the hyper-consciousness of the human race seeking out its own contradictions and exploiting them. It is the ego-shattering mirror that reflects who we really are.
Will Wilson, Contributor
1. The art of making your average, unexceptional life seem interesting in the digital space to people who don’t see you in the real world.
2. A means in which to share pictures of food and cat videos.