HUM/176 Version 3
Axia College Material
each question below. Answers should be approximately 100 words per question.
What are the different forms of social media that exist today? Provide examples of different
social media and their primary purposes
Some of the different forms of social media that
exist in the present day include, Blogging (such as Blogger.com, Wordpress.com, and
Xanga.com) used for expressing opinions, Social Networking (such as Myspace and
Facebook) used for communication on several different levels and expressing opinion,
Microblogging (such as Twitter and Foursquare) used for short burst of information
updated frequently, Video Sharing (such as Youtube, and Metacafe) used for visually
expressing one's self, Photo Sharing (such as Flickr and Deviant Art) used for displaying
one's artwork to the general population, and Forums (such as Yahoo, Google, Axia
classrooms, and wWindows live forums) used for relaying information, expressing
opinions, and holding general discussions.
What are the greatest benefits of social media for individuals and society?
benefits of social media on our society, is the ability to instantly communicate with large
groups of people in a variety of ways.
Weather it be via updating ones Facebook wall to
tell all of your friends what you did today, posting on twitter for the same reason, or
posting a video on Youtube for any variety of reasons. This form of instant
communication saves the average person time in disseminating their information to the
For larger companies who are jumping on the social media bandwagon the effect
is the same, they can inform large groups of people about their products instantly and
receive feedback at the same speed.
What are the greatest problems of social media for individuals and society?
instant factor of social media, as well as being a benefit it is also one of the greatest
This is because instead of some random person somewhere
not thinking about
what they are writing before they submit it, they just jot down what is on the top of their
head or their narrow minded view of the topic without ever thinking about what they are
Another problem is the anonymity factor, when someone hides behind their
screen name, they do not have to be held accountable for what they say in response to the
various topics, either hurtful or helpful.
Also, there is way too much information
provided by people on the social media sites.
People can post things for everyone to see,
whether it be positive or negative information.