Why is digital media awesome

In most of my previous posts I have discussed the negative side of digital and social media, so today I decided to focus on its advantages.

First, we have the obvious: communication. Social media gives the opportunity to connect with people all around the world, live and most importantly free. Also, you can see a part of each person’s life- what he ate for breakfast, where he went during the summer, his new dog etc. It’s great to see if you have common interests with someone and it is possible that a random person inspires you to do something just by looking at his instagram account, for example.

Take a look at this fit couple that travels the world because of the boy’s job of a professional photographer. Of course, he films all of their adventures and then uploads them to his Youtube channel or Instagram. Personally, this couple inspired me to travel and see the world and to hope that someday I will be able to visit all those beautiful places and watch the sunset in Hawaii, for instance.

Second, you can express yourself and show the world who you really are. You can share your favourite music, upload your own photographs, poems, etc.

Third, it can provide you with a career. There are thousands of youtubers who make huge amounts of money just because they film themselves and upload videos online. Also, there are people who get paid to write blogs. Martin Lewis, for example, started his newsletter blog in 2003, shared it with friends and family, and in 2012 sold the resulting website to Moneysupermarket.com for £87million! Another good example is Arianna Huffington who set the blog Huffington Post in 2005. By 2010 the site is believed to have made revenue of 31 million dollars, according to New York Times.

Lastly, digital media can always brighten your day, make you laugh and feel more positive. There are tons of funny websites, videos and pictures that you can find online. If that doesn’t help, you can always find someone to talk to and to relieve the stress. I hope this post will make you appreciate digital media because it really is an awesome place where you can get inspired, meet new people, be creative, share, cry, laugh and enjoy the world and all its colours.



When did communication between people change?

Many people cannot believe that it has been only 11 years since Facebook was founded. Many people cannot imagine life without social media and wonder how people were able to communicate before it was created. In this first blog, I am going to examine the development and evolution of social media and also provide some interesting statistics.

nnAs Wikipedia suggest, Facebook is an online social networking service that was launched in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg and his college roommates. It was initially created to facilitate communication between Harvard students. Since 2006, the site has become accessible by anyone who is at least 13 years old. According to Forbes, the real time net worth of Facebook is $36.1 Billion. It is definitely the most preferred and used social networking site ever created. Now it has more than 1.23 billion users and I believe that this number speaks for itself. Of course, there were other instant message programs developed prior to Facebook like ICQ which was released in 1996 and was quite popular for its time.

The beginning of the 21st century brought big development in social media as in 2002 the site Friendster was launched. It allowed people to register and create their own profile, add friends, create and share online content and media as well. By that time it had over 90 million registered users and 90% of its traffic came from Asia. Today, the site has been redesign and transformed into a social gamming site.

Moving forward in time, 2003 was the year when both LinkedIn and MySpace were released.  Besides that, Skype as a telecommunications application software product was launched in the same year having great success. It has 300 million users and almost 5 million daily active ones.

2 years later, or exactly 10 years ago, the video platform Youtube was introduced to the public. According to the site it has more than 1 billion users and 300 hours of videos are uploaded to YouTube every minute. This site is huge and it is not only used for sharing video content, but for advertising as well. Statistics suggests that more than a million advertisers are using Google ad platforms.

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Lastly, I will mention the development of Twitter in 2006. The mission of this site is “to give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers.” And without a doubt, the site manages to do that for all of its 288 million monthly active users who send 500 million Tweets per day.

Now, having read this entire information, people may question their perception of time because it really has been only slightly over 10 years since all these sites were launched. Communication has evolved enormously over that period. Nowadays, people will stare at someone who doesn’t have a Facebook account and that may even decrease this person’s chances for further communication. The truth is that social media has taken over human lives in any aspect- they feel the need to update their status every day, upload new videos and pictures of themselves, what they are eating and places they visit. Next blogs will refer to people’s motivation of going online and how the social media has changed the way we converse with family, friends, colleagues and total strangers. Moreover, some of the risks of going online will be examined and solutions for avoiding them will be provided.