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Friday, June 18, 2010

Social Networking vs. Social Media

An across I read on this week points out that many of us (myself included) tend to use the terms Social Media and Social Networking as though they are the same thing.  They aren't, as the article points out:
Social media and social networking are not the same. Social media are the tools and social networking is what you do in the communities. You can use one to enhance the other, but they are not the same. 
I agree that Social Media and Social Networking aren't interchangeable.  They are, however, inseparable, so I think it's okay to consider them part of the same overall process.

The article also points out that social media is more than just the three most popular tools: Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn:
In fact, it's not about those sites. It's about a cross section of community sites, blogs, bookmarking sites, photo sites, sharing tools, audio and video tools and some even more advanced tools that are used in conjunction with one another to have a robust social media experience.
I definitely recommend reading the full article:

There's More to Social Media than Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
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