Social media is a new form of interaction which individuals of all ages flock too, to socialise, share information and express ideas for either personal or professional gains (Barbulet, 2013; boyd, 2015). Examples of popular sites today include, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Linked In.
For those who may not be so familiar with social media sites, here’s a little summary.
These are just some of the examples of popular social media sites today in which millions of individuals log in and post on daily. Facebook in 2015 has approximately 1.40 billion MONTHLY active users and as of June 2015 Twitter had 316 million MONTHLY users and 500 million tweets sent per DAY – say it with us #crazy (The Statistic Portal, 2015; Twitter About, 2015; Company, 2015). From these statistics, it is clear that social media is very much a communicative channel of this day and age, and is not something that we can overlook.
In preparation for this blog, we stepped outside our comfort zone and joined millions of other people on Twitter: Speech Path Students @CsuSpeech. It is here we are furthering our research and provide firsthand information to present in this blog.
We also immersed ourselves in the act of tweeting in the best way we know how.