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Social Media from My Perspective
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September 23, 2021 - 6:20 pm

My definition of social media is basically a platform that enables people to interact with each other, to express themselves creatively/artistically, to criticize and/or reflect on other people’s ideas/actions, and to create communities based on their common points. These interactions can be formed synchronously or asynchronously. As Greenhow and her colleagues (2009) say while Web 1.0 was mostly “read-only”, Web 2.0 is “read-and-write” by interactively collaborating with others and participating in activities (p. 247). In other words, Web 2.0 gives people opportunities to not only consuming but also producing content (Cormode & Krishnamurthy, 2008). Also, my definition is in line with the affordances of Web 2.0, “interconnections, content creation and remixing, and interactivity” (Greenhow et al., 2009) as I discussed in the previous post.

I generally use Facebook and Instagram. Additionally, I have started to use Twitter. Most of the time, I look at posts instead of sharing something or commenting on a post. Thus, I usually consume content instead of producing it. In all of the three platforms, I follow some people/scholars/groups/organizations related to education. As Manca and Ranieri (2016) find in the literature social media can be useful for creating support groups and formal and informal learning communities. These accounts are beneficial for me to think and learn about educational issues through discussions and information sharing. I think I might become more active in social media with the help of this course.

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September 24, 2021 - 9:18 am

Hi Betul,
Like I did with Jeong’s post, I want to push you to answer this part of the question more explicitly: “1) define the space – what made it social media (i.e., provide support from the readings in your definition);” According to your definition of Web 2.0/social media, what makes Facebook and Instagram and Twitter “social media” according to your definition? Do you see any differences between these social media platforms in either their features OR how people use them? I look forward to your response!
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September 24, 2021 - 9:01 pm

Given how many movements have taken place across the world in the last couple of years, and how many of them have gained ground on these social media sites, have you followed any of them? I am curious to know what your thoughts are about how some learning can take place through such unorganized channels on the SNSs.

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September 25, 2021 - 11:47 am

As Cormode and Krishnamurthy (2008) explain seeing “the user as a first-class object” is one of the features what make Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter social media. There is a social component in these platforms by having an identity and establishing connections with other people through this identity. Thus, not only the content that we share, but also “we”, as participants with identities, are important (Cormode & Krishnamurthy, 2008). I think fundamentally these platforms operate with similar purposes and features but people use them differently. While Facebook and Instagram are mostly image/video-based, Twitter is mostly text-based with specific limits. This difference affects how people use them, such as Twitter for expressing reactions/opinions about particular issues and Facebook/Instagram for sharing memories and personal life. Yet, all three platforms overlap and connect with each other.

I appreciate your question, Suha! I talked a little bit about this issue in your post, then I saw that you asked me this. I try to approach this kind of movements carefully to see the issue from different perspectives. If we critically analyze them, we can definitely learn valuable information from these movements and even cause some social changes.

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