I am typically not the kind of person that would over analyze a word, but I’ve been struggling with the term “social media”, specifically the “media” portion of that term. I understand, by definition, that media could definitely include social sites but whether you are an individual or a business I like the term social networking far more.
Media just has such a stigma attached to it now, and beyond that; we are being social and we are networking when we are on these social sites. Again, whether you’re an individual or a business (and using these tools properly) you aren’t media. You are networking socially to relate and converse with others and be part of the overall conversation.
Right or wrong, I like the meaning behind social networking much more than social media. Any thoughts?