“Twitter is not a social network”

Posted on 17 September 2010

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So says a Twitter exec.

And, he’s right.

It’s a social media tool that existing social networks use to communicate and grow and that people use to form new social networks.

Duh.

Quick vocab lesson

Social network = a network of people who interact with each other, often around a particular activity eg a book club or knitting circle.

Social media = any communication tool, usually web-based, that facilitates people communicating with each other eg Facebook or Twitter.

Social networks have existed as long as people have. Social media is the new thing.

Image credit: Lady Mixy licenced under Creative Commons Attribution

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