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What Has Social Media Done in the World?

What has social media done in the world?

As the world has gotten smaller with new devices and the advent of the Internet, sharing information with others has become much easier. A click of the mouse or keyboard can bring you the world in an instant and can connect you with millions of people around the world. Talk about word of mouth, information can be shared quickly and with a large audience.

The Internet has also changed. In the era of Web 2.0, social networks were the main source of information on the World Wide Web. We can get data, stories, ideas and more from each other in depth and with additional input from all kinds of people. Social networks have changed the way we get information and, at the same time, it has changed the way we socialize.

The waves of social networks are leading Facebook, MySpace and Twitter in social communication. Information about anything can be found and discussed with messages from your computer or cell phone. From news about a disaster to news about your friends, we are all fully informed and can share our knowledge in seconds.

Social bookmarking sites like Digg, Delicious, and StumbleUpon also give us the opportunity to share and comment on stories we find interesting and compelling. We can share a story and discuss it with people from all over the world.

Wikipedia is a global encyclopedia that anyone can contribute to for free. We can socially create a knowledge database and share it with the world. Social networks are not limited to messages and articles. We can social media videos on YouTube and photos on Flickr, for example.

There are now many online forums that are topic specific and give people a "forum" to communicate directly with others from anywhere about topics. The discussions can be informative, entertaining and useful just like any other social networking site.

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