Ever since its inception in 2005 YouTube has continued to be one of the more popular social media sites in recent memory. Becoming a platform for all kind of content creators to share with the world and businesses showing products for marketability. Created by Chad Hurlrey, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim their original idea for YouTube was to be the video camera equivalent to the dating site hot or not. The site soon became more focused on the video sharing aspect without the dating gimmick and on the 14th of February 2005 the site was officially launched with the first ever video titled Me at the Zoo being uploaded. The video is still up and remain an important benchmark in YouTube’s history.
Now owned by Google, the site remains a popular destination for entertaining, insightful and wild videos. Since the simple sharing format the site has also became a profitable business for content creators, whom are the people that create various forms of entertainment like reviews, discussions, vlogs, short films and everything in between. Many people now have successful careers as part of the YouTube community and many more are gunning for a chance to be a part of it which is amazing and simple to achieve.
Instant, sharable content to view to your heart’s contempt.
A unique outlet for creative content made by various people with entertaining channels, talking about subjects right up your ally.
You can create and share your own content, it can be a vlog, a short film etc.
The copyright system is an easily manipulative tool that can be used by corporations, people of influence and even other content creators.
You can’t jump start a career with the site immediately. It takes years of dedication and branding to gain a job like that.
Littered with people of negative influence with content either inappropriate or designed to offend and cause controversy.
Considered as one of the most popular sites in the internet’s relatively short history Facebook when it officially launched took the world by storm. A website where you can make friends, meet old friends and have your own space with a list of people. It truly has become something unique. Especially when you look at how the site started off. Created by Mark Zuckerberg along with college roommates Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes, the site started out as a Harvard only site which quickly caught fire with its unique social presentation. You can share videos, photos and also spout what’s on your mind to your page to share with your friends and since if anyone on face book can be found, technically you can also share with the world. During the site’s rise to power, companies and celebrities began making pages as it helped promote products by both parties. Facebook began to be used as a corporate tool to advertise events, products, entertainment amongst others.
The site has been heavily criticized regarding internet privacy, with the simple like button being used as a tracking device to keep taps on users. The laid back nature of the site has also landed it in hot fire with notable content such as hate speech, fake news, crimes, copyright infringement and violent incidents like terrorism getting a free pass before Facebook steps in if the stuff goes viral. Even socially Facebook is seen as both a negative and a positive to people. A presentation made by a psychology professor at the California State University said that while the site has a bad effect on teenagers and young adults, with tendencies of narcissism, mania, aggressiveness and antisocial behaviour being exhibited, there were pluses to be found. Including users showing signs of “virtual empathy” towards online friends, it also has helped a great deal of introverted people learn social skills and even help keep that social life up.
You can keep up with friends, family and familiar faces whilst making new friends.
Create a page that suits you.
Connect with the wider world.
Bad effects on the mental state of teenagers and young adults, ranging from mania, narcissism and anti social behaviour.
Used to spread negative and inappropriate content such as hate speech.
Unlike the previous websites mentioned Pinterest is somewhat of an interesting beast. A website dedicated to sharing photos and sharing them in a Facebook like community, the site categories range from fashion, recipes, quotes and health. Created by Ben Silbermann, Paul Sciarra, and Evan Sharp Pinterest’s popularity was sudden, 4 months after launch it caught on and the site quickly became popular, while not to the extent of YouTube or Facebook but a nice secure spot as among the best of social media sites.
Similar to Facebook however is the way marketing is carried out with big companies using Pinterest pages to promote products, if someone like the product being advertised the company promoting said item then counts the votes to find what product is popular with that audience.
Uses votes from the denizens of the site for better product results.
A unique platform to showcase your own products and photography.
Stands out from the top sharing sites such as Twitter and YouTube.
The only con I was able to find involves anything you post on the site doesn’t belong to you, it then belongs to the site.