Objectives of the study in this paper:

  • To analyse the impact of social media as a means of communication tool
  • To assess the usefulness of social media as a tool of communication
  • To assess the potential of social media as a tool for technology enabled connections

Methodology of the study:

  • quantitative and qualitative analysis of the role and importance of social media as a tool of effective communication

Forms of Social Media:

  • magazines, internet forums, weblogs, social blogs, microblogging, wikis, podcasts, photographs, pictures, video, rating, social bookmarking

6 different forms of Social Media:

  • Collaborative Projects (e.g. Wikipedia)
  • Blogs and microblogging (e.g. Twitter)
  • Content Communities (e.g. YouTube)
  • Social Networking Sites (e.g. Facebook)
  • Virtual Game Worlds (e.g. World of Warcraft)
  • Virtual Social Worlds (e.g. Second Life)

Social Media and Comunication:

  • communications are shorters and more frequent
  • instant messaging
  • online communication increases our awareness of the movements of our professional and social contacts
  • a feeling of “connectedness” without direct communication
  • people connect with friends over the internet – “togetherness”
  • social networking sites and virtual enviroments have become online meeting places where users (members, players and residents) can interact and express themselves
  • sites such as YouTube and Flickr are forums for online communication that is centered on sharing, preference and popular cultural – visitors can browse content, express personal preference, add commentary and upload their own creative work
  • this kind of online communication promotes verbal commentary and commentary in the form of original or derivative works based on popular pieces
  • this form of communication promotes social and professional interaction

Discussions and Findings from the study:

Sample Size = 200

Is social media a major communication tool? Yes = 125; No = 75

Is social media used for educational purposes? Yes = 138; No = 62

Which social media tools are prefered the most?

  • Social Networking = 50
  • Wikis = 32
  • Video Sharing = 26
  • Microblogging = 25
  • Blogs = 23
  • Social News & Bookmarking = 18
  • Photo Sharing = 10
  • Podasts = 9
  • RSS = 7

Usefulness of social media?

  • Interactive Medium = 52
  • Source of information = 38
  • Bridges Commuication Gap = 35
  • Helps in sharing ideas = 32
  • Customer Interaction Tool = 21
  • Crisis Communication Tool = 12
  • Marketing Tool = 10

Advantages of Social Media:

  1. Sharing of ideas
  2. Tool of Communication – increasingly used by teachers ad learners
  3. Bridges Communication Gap – bridges the distance among different people
  4. Source of Information
  5. Important Marketing Tool – promoting products and generating opinions
  6. Important Customer Interaction Tool – a way for customer interaction, customer feedback, customer support
  7. Important Crisis Communication Tool – users can post messages, mark themselves safe, upload videos and check updates for major disasters around the world (e.g. earthquake, terrists attack etc.)
  8. Low Cost/Cost Effective
  9. Less time consuming – post a message or browse information at the click of a button

Disadvantages of Social Media:

  1. Intrusion into privacy – fake profiles, misleading people; users targeted based on their location, age etc; harassment, cyber-stalking and online scams can be frequently seen in day to day affairs
  2. Breakdown in family ties – people get hooked on the sites for communication with friends; close bond with family breaks down when especially young people feel free to discuss problems and share information wih peers
  3. Slightly Impersonal – automatic DM when you get a new follower doesn’t show much interest in who your new follower is. Far better to say nothing than to send a generic message

Conclusion:

  • learners can collaborate on team projects
  • learners in the same study can co-draft documents, spreadsheets, presentation slides and  more with google docs
  • Faculty members are using blogs as additional teaching/learning resources
  • inexpensive ways to organise members, arrange meetings, spread information and gauge opinion
  • Social Media can be effective for building social authority

 

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