Over the years, social media has modernized the way people communicate and share information globally. Social media has been useful for individuals, organizations, and governments in engaging, understanding, and responding to people on the social web. We expect that social media will still evolve, and continue playing a crucial role in connecting people and presenting more opportunities to the society. Here we look at how social media get people connected.
- Reuniting people
The social media is an important tool for finding and reuniting with friends and lost loved ones. Sites such as People Finder provide a platform for people to research on the status of their friends and family. During disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes, Facebook pages can be used to reunite lost families. Truly, social media cannot be underestimated; it is a uniting force.
- Opening Lines of Communication
The social media platforms provide an opportunity for people to connect in an easy and timely manner, communicate, and exchange various types of information. Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram provide an instant messaging. You are a click away from an incredible number of people. Regardless of location, social media enhance connectivity through various lines of communication it offers hence preserving relationships among people.
- Helping during tragedies
It’s a fact that people reach out their phones in case of emergencies. During devastating times, social media platforms such as Facebook allows users to report whether they are safe, for example, when the French City of Paris was attacked in 2015, Facebook launched a tool that enabled people to identify themselves as safe. Their friends received notifications about their safety; therefore, the power of social media during emergencies is significant. It has demonstrated its power of connecting people during emergencies in various parts of the world.
The social media also provides a platform for people and communities to respond and offer help. It can involve sharing addresses and phone numbers or open their homes to anyone in need of shelter. On an individual level, people can use social media to connect and console one another or share inspiration words.
- Reporting social issues and build communities
Sharing social issues such as homelessness create opportunities for organizations to connect as well as help people in need. Social media also provides a platform for social welfare activities and changes the way communities live as it creates awareness and helps the people to discover innovations that might enhance their lives. For example, even a small community of single moms can have a big impact on each member. Providing a safe place for them to share tips and lessons no matter how trivial like how to clean your house spotless or how to feed your kids vegetables, it really does help make members feel they are not alone in their struggles.
Without a doubt, social media connects people in a big way. It has facilitated lives in various ways; it has connected people with friends they thought were gone forever or they would never meet or talk again. It has provided people with a chance to find love, empowered people; truly, it is a vital tool for communication. Even though there are cons about social media, the pros definitely outweigh the disadvantages.