AU MA Social Media

A class blog about social media.

Posted by tarynbunger on July 23, 2012

I was shopping online the other day when I stumbled upon this…

Urban Outfitters “Like” and “Dislike” stamps

…and it sure seemed like a good thing to blog about.

Social media has made the jump from online to offline in both serious and frivolous ways, from helping organize revolutions to aiding disaster rescue efforts to, uh, this:

Cafepress Twitter shot glass

Items like this may be gimmicks, but it startled me when I thought a bit more deeply about how sites like Twitter and Facebook have become tangled up in our offline lives.  Take a look at the last business card you received…I’m willing to bet that physical piece of paper bears at least one reference to a digital platform.  Sure, that one makes a lot of sense, but it gets much more interesting.  Think about the guy who named his newborn daughter “Facebook” as an homage to the role the site played in the Egyptian revolution.

There are massive additions and alterations to our daily vocabulary as well.  We’ve collectively obscured the real meaning and diluted the severity of the term “stalker,” all in the context of Facebook.  This HuffPo article, for example, just casually throws it out there in the headline that we just can’t get enough stalking, and if you think about it, that’s a pretty weird thing to normalize.  Twitter lingo has become so widespread that there are entire glossaries of key words and phrases. Those words don’t stay neatly contained within the Twitterverse (there’s one!) either…SMH was driving me CRAZY when I kept seeing it everywhere, until I finally Googled it (shaking my head, in case you haven’t gotten around to it).

Every once and a while an article pops up predicting/describing the death of Facebook, and I have a hard time believing that this behemoth of social networking, and now culture, could ever really disappear.  I mean, can you really imagine this…

Nacho Mama Tees Facebook shirt

…as a relic of bygone times?

Maybe that’s a bad example.

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