The Ten Gods of Social Media

the social media godsSocial Media is a very broad term and its getting broader and more complex everyday, what is it then? How can we begin to make sense of this exponentially growing media medusar?  Lets break it down.

Social Media can be broken down into 10 parts. Each part serves a different function in the greater scheme of things, in a way they are like the ancient Greek gods, each had a specific role in the classical universe. In this analogy Social Media is Mount Olympus and our Gods reside there and each god expresses him/herself in a variety of platforms.

The common factor to all and, “that” which allows us to group these aspects under the banner of “Social Media” is the Web 2.0 interface and functionality. Simply put, Web 2.0 offers the user the ability to  customize the interface, via a web browser, without having to own any software or have web design skills.

Here is the pantheon who are The Ten Gods of Social Mediafollowed by examples to illustrate. (In no particular order)

PUBLISHWikipedia, Wikia, Blogger, WordPress, Digg

SHAREYouTube, Delicious, Slideshare, Flickr, Last.fm, Crowdstorm etc. . . . . . .

DISCUSSphpBB, MSN, Skype, Meebo, PHORUM, Yahoo, etc. . . . . . .

SOCIAL NETWORKSFacebook, Myspace, Bebo, Orkut, Hi5, LinkedIn, Ning, etc. . . . . . .

MICROBLOGGINGTwitter, Plurk, Plazes, Twitxr, etc. . . . . . .

LIFESTREAMSocializr, friendfeed, Socialthing, etc. . . . . . .

LIVECASTJustin.tv, blogTV, Yahoo Live, UstreamTV, Kyte, etc. . . . . . .

VIRTUAL WORLDSSecond Life, Habbo, Gaia, Stardoll, etc. . . . . . .

SOCIAL GAMESPogo, Doof, Three Rings, KONGREGATE, Café.com, etc. . . . . . .

MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) – World Of Warcraft, Kartrider, Neopets, Maple Story, Runescape, etc. .

Just as the ancient Greek Gods were an interpretation of the human psyche, the Ten Gods of Social Media interpret our modern society and digital culture. Which god would be Mighty Zeus, would he look like Mark Zuckerberg? Thanks for your time please leave a comment.

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