How has Social Media changed our lives – Part 1

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When Michael Jackson passed away in June 25 2009 last year, one of the surprising things was the fact that it was not the mainstream news like the Washington Post or the NY Times who reported it first; but rather it was a celebrity gossip website, TMZ who published the news first.

The news was quickly adopted by Twitter users who then retweeted the news on to the world. From this, we can see the speed at which news can quickly travel across the world in mere minutes.

What is it about Social Media that attracts us? The most important reason I feel is because it has no boundaries. Unlike traditional media like newspapers, which are confined to within the distribution network, Social Media websites like Twitter and Facebook reaches out to a global audience.

It used to be a habit of mine to buy a copy of The Straits Times in the morning to read while commuting to work on the MRT. However, in recent years I have found myself relying on print media less and less.

Apart from spending money on the newspaper, I would also risk the ire of the morning crowd who would shoot me dirty stares whenever I try to flip the pages on the train.

However, by following The Straits Times official Twitter feed (@stcom), I am able to read the latest news in the most non intrusive way possible by using my phone.

As you can see from the picture, the news are updated on a constant basis throughout the day by The Straits Times, and the best part about it all is I can choose what I want to read.

If a news headline appeals to me, I just simply click the link and I will be taken to the article on their webpage.

In the past, connecting with celebrities seemed so distant – the only feasible method of getting a chance to talk to them was either attending their live appearances, sending them a fanmail (which are probably and screened by their manager) or sending them an email – not even their personal email mind you, its a generic email of the celebrity’s recording label.

Yet once again, with the emergence of Twitter connecting with your favorite celebrity is as simple as ‘following’ them. For example, I am a huge fan of Neil Patrick Harris. I can simply just follow him on Twitter to get all the latest news about him. Tweets that he posts includes mundane stuff like where is he having dinner at, what is he reading to more personal stuff like photos of him with his friends.

Therefore, I am glad that Phoenix Contact has taken the steps to reach out via social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Youtube.

This article is part 1 of 3 of how Social Media has changed our lives. Stay tuned for the next article next week where I will discuss about probably everyone’s favorite social networking site – Facebook.



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3 thoughts on “How has Social Media changed our lives – Part 1

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  2. Julia A.

    Hi i’m julia and i’m doing a research project for my school on this. I do not know if your website/blog is a credible source for my research project. You did not add enough information about yourself such as if you are a real person, or a kid. You did not say your expertice so if you can tell me that information now it would be a huge help, Thankyou.

  3. Mark Ong Post author

    Hello Julia, it’s a pleasure to meet you. Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark and I am the author of this article and also the Editor for this blog.

    I am happy to help you with any questions that you may have about your research paper. Just let me know what information you need.

    Thanks and have a great day!


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