Social media and mobile devices

Social media is the term for online systems based on user-generated content. This includes social networking sites, weblogs and microblogs, social bookmarking sites, and services for sharing media such as photos, videos and audio.

We have grouped social media and mobile devices together as the two are increasingly used together. There are many kinds of mobile digital devices, that can access the internet. Currently, the most common examples are smartphones and tablet computers.

Most social media and mobile devices are designed to be easy to use, and require no specialist skills. There are still technical issues to consider:

  • which platform will be most suitable for your purposes
  • what privacy features are available
  • and compatibility between types of software and hardware

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“There are many reasons to use a social platform. The biggest one is to socialise with your friends. Therefore we’ve got to negotiate access if we want to do other things in those spaces.”
Tim Davies, Practical Participation