How Social Networks Differ from Social Media
If you are wondering how social networks differ from social media, you’re not alone. In fact, the terms are often used interchangeably, which adds to the confusion, and in some cases how to use them is a matter of opinion. In this book, we will consider social networks to be about community and social media to be about content.
The phrase “social media” is an umbrella term for those online services that allow the sharing of text, audio, photos, and videos. YouTube, Flickr, and Twitter are all sources of social media content. Think of it as a complementary form of media beyond newspapers, magazines, television, and radio. Social media is a way to share content online.
Social networks are those places ...