“Facebook is a social networking website and service where users can post comments, share photographs and links to news or other interesting content on the Web, play games, chat live, and stream live video. You can even order food with Facebook if that’s what you want to do. Shared content can be made publicly accessible, or it can be shared only among a select group of friends or family, or with a single person.”
“Instagram is a social networking app made for sharing photos and videos from a smartphone. Similar to Facebook or Twitter, everyone who creates an Instagram account has a profile and a news feed. When you post a photo or video on Instagram, it will be displayed on your profile. Other users who follow you will see your posts in their own feed. Likewise, you’ll see posts from other users whom you choose to follow. Pretty straight forward, right? It’s like a simplified version of Facebook, with an emphasis on mobile use and visual sharing. Just like other social networks, you can interact with other users on Instagram by following them, being followed by them, commenting, liking, tagging and private messaging. You can even save the photos you see on Instagram.”
“Twitter is on online news and social networking site where people communicate in short messages called tweets. Tweeting is sending short messages to anyone who follows you on Twitter, with the hope that your messages are useful and interesting to someone in your audience. Another description of Twitter and tweeting might be microblogging.
Some people also use Twitter to discover interesting people and companies online and to follow their tweets for as long as they are interesting.
In addition to its relative novelty, Twitter’s big appeal is how rapid and scan-friendly it is: you can track hundreds of interesting twitter users, and read their content with a glance. This is is ideal for our modern attention-deficit world.
Twitter employs a purposeful message size restriction to keep things scan-friendly: every microblog ‘tweet’ entry is limited to 280 characters or less. This size cap promotes the focused and clever use of language, which makes tweets very easy to scan, and also very challenging to write well. This size restriction has really made Twitter a popular social tool.
Twitter is very simple to use as broadcaster or receiver. You join with a free account and Twitter name. Then you send broadcasts daily, or even hourly. Go to the ‘What’s Happening’ box, type 280 characters or less, and click ‘Tweet’. You will most likely include some kind of hyperlink.
To receive Twitter feeds, you simply find someone interesting (celebrities included), and ‘follow’ them to subscribe to their tweet microblogs. Once a person becomes uninteresting to you, you simply ‘unfollow’ them.You then choose to read your daily Twitter feeds through any of various Twitter readers.
People send tweets for all sorts of reasons: vanity, attention, shameless self-promotion of their web pages, boredom. The great majority of tweeters do this microblogging as a recreational thing, a chance to shout out to the world and revel in how many people choose to read your stuff.
But there is a growing number of Twitter users who send out some really useful content. And that’s the real value of Twitter: it provides a stream of quick updates from friends, family, scholars, news journalists, and experts. It empowers people to become amateur journalists of life, describing and sharing something that they found interesting about their day.”
“Snapchat is both a messaging platform and a social network. It can’t be used from the regular we and exists only as a mobile app you can download to your iPhone or Android smartphone.Users can “chat” with their friends by sending them photos, short videos up to 10 seconds long. You can sort of think of it to be like texting with pictures or videos. Text chats and video calls are two other features that were added more recently to the app. One of the most unique things about Snapchat is the ephemeral components of all the content that gets shared on it. Photos and videos essentially disappear a few seconds after they’ve been viewed by their recipients.
Unlike other social networks, which keep your content online forever unless you decide to delete it, Snapchat’s disappearing content makes online interaction feel more human and a little more grounded in the present moment.There’s not as much anxiety about posting the perfect photo, wondering about how many likes or comments it might receive because it disappears within a few seconds and the only interaction you may receive back is a photo, video or chat reply.
Building on its massive success, Snapchat eventually gave users their own sort of news feed feature where they could post photos and videos that could be viewed by their friends as a story clip rather than as a private or group message.These clips — called stories — are posted for 24 hours only before they disappear.”
Lifewire (2018) What is Facebook? https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-facebook-3486391
Webwise (2012) What is Twitter? https://www.lifewire.com/what-exactly-is-twitter-2483331
Lifewire (2018) What is this Instagram? https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-instagram-3486316
Lifewire, (2018) What Is Snapchat? https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-snapchat-3485908