Social Media has been big in 2009. Some social networks have risen to the top and some have even fallen. However, there has been an alarming number of people getting the wrong impression about social media. As Brian Clark Copyblogger states in his article Since When Are Blogs Not Social Media?, people are trying to make social networking synonymous with social media.
This is wrong.
Social media is online content created by people using highly accessible and scalable publishing technologies.
A social network service focuses on building online communities of people who share interests and/or activities, or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others.
So, social media is a practice that can be done within social networking. Social networking is NOT social media. This is very distinct. Blogs are a just one way to spread content online. They are very much a part of social media. In farming terms, to blog is to sow, and to share it on any social network is to watch your blog grow with readers.
What is social media to you?