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Social media’s impact (a response)

My expanded comment on The Guardian Local’s Sarah Hartley‘s video post: What impact has social media had? I asked:

Social media tools such as micro-blogging phenomenon Twitter  have opened up great opportunities for everyone from big media organisations to the man on the street, the most vital point being that it gives anyone a voice, cheaply and quickly to have their say and share their experiences.

On the downside it doesn’t guarantee truth or honesty and it does create more noise and spam that needs to be filtered, but the web has tools for that too, such as Google Reader or following defined Twitter lists.

But on the whole, it is a force for good, tapping into what the web and digital media does best, connecting people and bypassing barriers to communicating that existed before the digital age.


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