There is no denying that social media has become quite a hit in the online environment. Social Media sites are a great opportunity to stay connected with friends and meet new people. The very definition of social media is all about, you guessed it, being social! Let's have a look at some examples (the wording has been changed to make it a little easier to understand):
• Social Media are a variety of user-created works, including video, audio, text and/or multimedia that are ‘published’ and shared in a social environment – Capilano University
• Social Media are internet/computer tools that allows individuals and groups to create and exchange content as a means of communicating with peers – Bottle PR
• Social Media defines the various activities that join together technology, social interaction, and the creation of words and pictures – formicmedia
But how accessible is Social Media? And what Social Media tools are out there that are really reaching the whole possible audience? Social Media is important and should be open to all, allowing people to avoid the barriers of time and distance.
I have found a very helpful document, the ‘Social Media Access Review’ from Media Access Australia and would like to share some of their findings in regards to six named Social Media sites, including: Facebook, Skype, YouTube, Flickr, Twitter and Myspace. Their findings were:
• YouTube: SOMEWHAT ACCESSIBLE.
• Flickr: SOMEWHAT ACCESSIBLE.
• Twitter: SOMEWHAT ACCESSIBLE.
(Check out the document for comments on each site).
Social Media is definitely not something to ignore, it is ever-changing and moving fast towards becoming a prime toll for socialising, however, there is still a way to go for these sites to really connect the dots and recognise the ways towards a new tomorrow, where accessibility is for everyone!