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Transcript of Social Media
Friend or Foe
Can Social Media be Successfully Implemented in Corporate
Facebook in the 21st Century
Skype is on the Rise...
Learning Team D: Tammi Hayes, Eric Coleman, and Tiffany Warren
August 9, 2015
Professor Melinda Medina
Social media is the collective of online communications channels dedicated to community-based input, interaction, content-sharing and collaboration. Facebook, Twitter, Skype, and Google+ are examples of popular websites. (whatIs.com)
The social media phenomenon has opened the lines of communication by enabling people of all ages, cultures and geographic regions to communicate at any given time of the day.
Most would agree that social media is mainly used for personal reasons, but within recent years a number of colleges, universities, corporations and professional organizations depend on it for the means of conducting business. Social media will definitely have a tremendous influence over the lives of many people for years to come.
The debate over social networking has emerged all over the world. There are many people who believe it is a powerful way to keep people connected, but critics say it's a waste of time. Take a look at why social media is a true phenomenon.
Facebook is a social networking website that makes it easy for you to connect and share with your family and friends online. Originally designed for college students, Facebook was created in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg while he was enrolled at Harvard University. By 2006, anyone over the age of 13 with a valid email address could join Facebook. Today, Facebook is the world's largest social network, with more than 1 billion users worldwide. (GCF, 2015)
For many, having a Facebook account is now an expected part of being online, much like having your own email address. Since Facebook is so popular, other websites have worked to integrate Facebook. This means you can use a single Facebook account to sign in to different services across the Web. (GCF, 2015)
Facebook allows you to send messages and post status updates to keep in touch with your friends and family. You can also share different types of content such as photos, links, and more. But sharing something on Facebook is a bit different from other types of online communication. Unlike email or instant messaging, which are relatively private, the things you share on Facebook are more public, which means they'll usually be seen by lots of other people. (GCF, 2015)
Friend or Foe?
Can Social Media be Implemented in Corporate Training Programs?
Skype may be the answer to a lot of things you've always wanted but didn't know were possible. It is a way to talk to family members in different parts of the country for free. It is a way to call people abroad—on their phones or cell phones—for less money. A way to be there for important life events when you can't be there in person. (gotomeeting.com)
In a nutshell, Skype is a service that lets you call other Skype users anywhere in the world and talk to them live over video. (gotomeeting.com)
The Future of Social Media
What is Skype used for:
It is for doing things together, whenever you're apart. Skype's text, voice and video make it simple to share experiences with the people that matter to you, wherever they are.
Advantage of Skype:
You can share curriculum, hold a meeting, work with colleagues - just about anything you need to do together every day. You can use Skype on whatever works best for you - on your phone or computer or television. Corporations can use Skype to hold business meetings via internet phone calls, instant messaging and video conferencing. With Skype, companies can save money and increase productivity while connecting employees locally, nationally and internationally.
What is it used for:
Facebook is designed to be more social than traditional communication tools. For many businesses it is a platform for consumers to take part in honest and open dialogue. Marketing on Facebook helps businesses build lasting relationships with people and find new customers which leads to financial gain.
The Advantages of Facebook
: Businesses can utilize Facebook as a way to open up dialogue within the company. CEO's are able to recruit potential employees, post job fairs, host virtual town hall meetings, etc. Through Facebook, corporations can cut cost by offering opportunities for informal training sessions online. Employees will have the opportunity to attend virtual trainings at their convenience. Feedback focusing on strengths and weaknesses of the company can be shared with other employees through private groups.
The year of 2015 has been called a record-breaking year for social media sites, and the title is no short of reality. Every year, almost 200 million people are signing up, and by 2016, we are expected to be north of two billion social media users (Agrawl, A.J. 2015). Sites such as Facebook, Skype, Twitter and many others will offer ways for people to connect personally and professionally for many years to come. The Social Media revolution is here to stay.
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