What is social media?

Social media are media for social interaction, using highly accessible and scalable publishing techniques. Social media use web-based technologies to transform and broadcast media monologues into social media dialogues.

I am writing an article for a law journal about the use of social media by attorneys. This week’s FreeStyleFriday post is an excerpt from the article which is a work-in-progress:

Social media are media for social interaction, using highly accessible and scalable publishing techniques. Social media use web-based technologies to transform and broadcast media monologues into social media dialogues.[1]

For the purposes of this article, “social media” includes the realm of digital products that allow people to communicate and share information on or through the Web.

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I say social media is about conversation: communicating with people online, catching up with old friends, making new friends, exchanging ideas and useful information. Establishing and building relationships. Social media is not a new form of media, it is a familiar activity happening over new a medium — the World Wide Web.


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_media

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On this blog, I write about and try to answer practical Oklahoma legal questions. My focus and most experience is in estate planning and business issues including Oklahoma non-compete law. I make a living as an attorney in the law firm I founded, Cazes Roberts, PLLC in Oklahoma City. I live in Edmond with wife Amy and my two children, Sam (17) and David (9). We live precisely in the path of where the "wind comes sweeping down the plains."

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