From Facebook to Tumblr and Reddit, social media is taking over the world of modern communication and getting pretty hard to avoid. If you still prefer good old-fashioned face-to-face human interaction over reblogging and doling out Likes, no one can blame you, but there’s no denying that social media can be an invaluable resource in the 21st century. For those of you who can’t keep up with the social media scene today, here’s a little cheat sheet to tell you which program does what:
With over 1 billion users around the world, Facebook is easily the largest social media platform in the world. The concept is simple: find friends and view updates on their daily life. From scandalous stories to the most banal details of daily miscellanea, Facebook helped to kick start the current trend of openly documenting our lives.
Famously brief, Twitter limits all user updates to lines of text no more than 140 characters long. Rather than friends, twitter users have followers who they don’t necessarily have to follow back. Twitter has become a popular platform for celebrities and their slightly more invasive fans.
A micro-blogging platform that encourages users to either create their own beautiful and unique content or share content they like. Images, videos, sound clips and text can all be uploaded and shared on tumblr.
Perhaps not the coolest social media platform in the world, LinkedIn is a professional portal used to get in touch with colleagues and fellow professionals without bringing the messy and overly-personal world of Facebook into it. Users are encouraged to input resume details and work skills.
The biggest message board on the internet, reddit is a somewhat unlikely tastemaker on the web and well known as a starting point for viral content. Most of the odd internet-culture humour you see flying about on the web got its start in reddit.