I prefer to keep my definition of social media short, simple and hopefully usable. “Social” refers to people and to their interaction. “Media” are means of transmitting information.
People are transmitting, i.e., sharing information.
Social media — or social media sites — are online venues, such as social networking sites, blogs and wikis that enable people to store and share information called content, such as text, pictures, video and links.
People are creating the content for social media, and to that extent, the media belongs to people and not just to publishing companies.
I didn’t mean to imply by my article, Best Ways to Use Social Media for SEO, that social media is part of SEO. Rather, search engines help to locate content on the web, and social media aid search engines in that process.
Social media sites are all about communication and relationships. In advertising, content is king. In social media, content is very valuable, but relationships are king.
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Oh, just one more thing. When you write about social media, why not link to this blog post when you first use the terms social media or social media sites in your article?