Andrey (azangru) wrote,
Andrey
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On definitions

Merriam-Webster defines social media as "forms of electronic communication (such as websites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (such as videos)"

Yet in almost all contexts that I heard this phrase it was used to refer to Facebook and Twitter. Not sure about reddit (I recently heard it called a link sharing service, which gave me quite a shock). Also not sure I heard anyone call Youtube a social medium. Or a blogging platform, such as wordpress or medium. Obviously, the practice goes back to old-school forums (e.g. bulletin boards powered by phpBB), and beyond, to irc channels; but never did I hear them referred to as social media. Not Slack or Discord either, and of course not GitHub.
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