Social media platforms come and go, but some manage to last for more than a few months aka. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest; (RIP Friendster, Eons, Digg and iTunes Ping)! Many of us grew up with MSN or chatrooms but those are now a thing of the past and are only mentioned when reminiscing about the good ‘ole days, or watching “You’ve Got Mail.” Social media now plays an active role in our lives, as businesses are advertising their products and services, charities are raising donations for projects, and people are connecting with one another, all through wifi and (for most users) a mobile device.
Over the years, social media has been questioned, praised, challenged and appreciated, but why? How is it that some people hate social media and others love it? It’s all about how you look at it. Here are five things that you need to know about social media, to truly understand it’s power in today’s society.