I was having a discussion with a coworker today about how widespread social media is (meaning FaceBook, Twitter, InstaGram, etc.), especially to the Millennials. My co-worker is an older Generation X-er, and I, as I understand it, fall into the Generation Catalano crowd. It’s kinda neither here nor there, but I add it for framing. But just a li’l while ago, I got back home, and on reflection, thought I would ask the Teeming Millions: Do you consider the Straight Dope Message Board as "social media?"
Two conflicting philosophies in my head. . .
One side: The SDMB pre-dates the term ‘social media,’ and is not an “instant-feedback” kind of platform. There are no “likes.” There are no “shares.” It’s simply an old-style message board, that does not have the features that current social media applications have.
The other side: It’s online. It’s social. People talk about things/ideas/events, and on occasion, meet in public. People post thoughts/ideas, and get responses. Long friendships have formed here, and there is a “Friend” list/feature.
I haven’t made up my mind yet. What do you guys think?
Old enough to know better, young enough to do it anyway.