This page consider two different types of internet-related communication:
- video-based social media (YouTube, Skype, Zoom), and
- text-based social media (Facebook and Twitter).
Video-based social media are primarily image based, whereas Facebook and Twitter are primarily text-based, although both permit still photographs and short, recorded videos. Different products offer different services, and the product one chooses to use (on any one occasion) will depend, in part at least, on the service one requires. The product and service together are often referred to as a ‘platform’.
All internet media require the use of a computer device of some kind (desktop computer, laptop computer, tablet computer, smartphone) equipped with a screen, a keyboard (physical or virtual) and a pointing device (mouse, touchpad or touchscreen).
An internet connection is also required. This connection can come from a telephone landline (whether cabled or wi-fi) or from a cellphone network (mobile internet). All video-based media are ‘bandwidth hungry’, which means that they continuously download large quantities of data for as long as you are using them. Consequently, accessing the internet on a ‘pay-as-you-go’ basis can become costly. Having an adequate ‘data contract’ is recommended for accessing video-based social media.