Vintage Vs. Modern Social Media

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A few days ago, I had to write a letter to my former roommate who is now in the Boot Camp. It never occurred to me that writing a casual letter could so much work, especially given the long disconnect from offline (using a pen and writing pad) to online (social media) communication. We shouldn’t be too quick to equate this online reliance to a downside of social media, but maintaining different social networking platforms can truly weakens interpersonal communication.

Talking about social networking sites, I just found WeChat, a platform I had no prior knowledge about. Similar to Whatsapp on mobile, WeChat provides users with a host of interesting options, ranging from group chat to video calls, and much more. With the ever-growing popularity of these social networking sites, there has been a paradigm shift from what can now be referred to as “vintage media,” to the new media. A look at some of these platforms may help paint a better picture in your mind.

YOUTUBE – A “window to view the world.” The platform is a video sharing website that allows users upload and share videos with others. Long before YouTube, most people learnt about other places and cultures from books, movies, and personal experiences through travels.

FOURSQUARE – A location-based social networking platform. Foursquare, provides users with the opportunity to share location with friends via mobile devices, by way of geo-tags. People using this media can check into places like bars and restaurants, and share their visits.

LINKEDIN – A shift from the traditional business card holders to an online professional profile. LinkedIn is a social networking site mainly used for professional networking. Users can create profiles that showcase their professional skills, and work experiences. Continue reading



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Social media, as you may know is no longer a new concept as many of us probably belong to an online community, sharing and absorbing information. These various social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, RenRen, all provide an opportunity to network with people across broad distances, at any given time. These platforms also provide an opportunity to build new relationships or simply kindle the flames of existing ones.

A host of reasons can be attributed to the use of social media; these may be the ease of information sharing, the ability to reach a wider audience, or simply the speed at which information is shared across various platforms. Whatever the case, most people focus only on the positive aspects, neglecting the disadvantages of these media. Nonetheless, it is worthy of mention that there are also downsides to the use of these social media platforms. Hence the saying “everything that has an advantage also has a disadvantage.”

Privacy concerns

This is perhaps the biggest challenge on social media. Because most people update their profiles across various platforms with real information of their names, photos, age, date of birth etc., strangers can easily get access to such vital information. This information, especially private photos, can be used to blackmail or demean the personality of such individuals.


I like to refer to spam as “Stop Sending Annoying Messages.” These messages, mostly generic, may contain viruses by hackers. These spam messages are multi-casted to various social networking accounts. A typical example of this is the Twitter account of Justin Bieber which was hacked and his tweets erased.

Social media has weakened interaction

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Change has always been said to be the only constant thing in life. When change comes around, you either accept it or get thrown under the bus. Less than a century ago, who could have imagined Facebook as the largest social networking site, now hosting over 1 billion monthly active users worldwide?

Before the inception of Facebook in 2004, social media, a relatively new phenomenon was unequivocally equated with MySpace. Many early social media elites had a MySpace profile, and it was common to think of MySpace (just like people do of Facebook now) when referring to social media sites or social networking.

Despite the growing popularity of Facebook, I have sometimes wondered if it may someday in the future, just like MySpace, lose its glory and get overtaken by another social networking site. I wonder!

With adoptions made possible by the internet, everything in society has become even more intertwined. Politics and business, computing and robotics, science and nature, all overlap. There is a plethora of mobile apps readily available to check vote ratings, business stocks, news and so much more. With advancements in technology, people can only but imagine what tomorrow’s world holds in 10 years, 20, or even 50 years from now. Thought provoking right? Continue reading


Photo of man drowningUndoubtedly the Internet has risen to become a part of our very existence. We live it, breathe it and even feel the impact it has on us either directly or indirectly. The web – made possible through the internet – has become a platform for the exchange of genuine conversations, providing individuals with tools for expressing personal thoughts. This ability to connect with people has been made even more evident through Social Media. People like myself, are now able to connect with others over a span of space; but probably not with Amish people  though, who view technology as vile. Because of how easy it is to communicate and share information, a new form of information “mavens” known as Citizen Journalists have emerged over the years.

Citizen Journalism – also known as public, participatory, democratic, guerrilla or street journalism – unlike traditional journalism which involves trained, skilled or professional journalists, is the ability for people (anyone) to exchange ideas and share information deemed important or news-worthy. Unlike traditional journalism where reporters with “gadgets” generally gathered information and controlled what was fed to the media, this form of unconventional journalism is made possible through the use of any device, mostly one with a camera. IPads, mobile phones, IPods, laptops, are but a few of such tools. Continue reading