Social media is a relatively modern phenomenon that has changed the way the world connects. Not only has it allowed people to stay in touch with each other across great distances, but it has also become useful in unexpected ways. Businesses now use social media to learn about their customers, consumers use social media to explore new products and services, and people, in general, use it to learn about each other.
Social media is always evolving, and it always provides a landscape for entertaining content. Either it’s a celebrity saying something they shouldn’t, the announcement of a dear friend’s engagement, or high-profile businessmen leaking information about company stocks; social media always gets people talking. Whether you think social media is a blessing or a curse, there is a lot of speculation on the subject.
“Just as we teach our children how to ride a bike, we need to teach them how to navigate social media and make the right moves that will help them. The physical world is similar to the virtual world in many cases. It’s about being aware. We can prevent many debacles if we’re educated.”
-Amy Jo Martin
“Smart phones and social media expand our universe. We can connect with others or collect information easier and faster than ever.”
“Social media has given us this idea that we should all have a posse of friends when in reality, if we have one or two really good friends, we are lucky.”
“The dark side of social media is that, within seconds, anything can be blown out of proportion and taken out of context. And it’s very difficult not to get swept up in it all.”
“Social media is not about the exploitation of technology but service to community.”
“Technology and social media have brought power back to the people.”
“Social media can be a powerful tool to listen to, engage with and gain access to customers that you would otherwise not be able to connect with.”