If you’ve ever had a hard time explaining “Social Media” to your family (or your colleagues) here’s a little graphic that illustrates the difference between Social News, User-Generated Content, and Networking sites.
UPDATE: You can now click on the image below to download the file. Or find it on SlideShare.
Categories of Social Media:
- Social News sites allow people to post and vote upon news or other content they consider noteworthy.
- Social Networks connect friends to each other with pictures, status updates, and other applications.
- User-Generated Content is found on sites where users can upload content and make it public. UGC also includes formats like comments, ratings and reviews, and other feedback mechanisms.
So here are a couple of overlaps that this graphic illustrates:
- Blogs have strong characteristics of all three of these categories. Their content is generated by users, can have news value, and is often viewed by a network of followers.
- Twitter is a collection of networks that follow each other’s brief status updates, to whom it is considered noteworthy
- RSS, (Really Simple Syndication) allows a network of subscribers to receive new or updated content.