Adam Vincenzini asked on Twitter and on his blog for people to share their definitions of “social media” with him, in 140 characters or fewer.

In 140-characters I would define social media as:

“revolutionary way to engage, interact, learn, challenge, support,share, influence, & create or maintain relationships with 1 or many people.”

From the list of definition that were shared with Adam here are a few of my favorites:

  • @dbreakenridge Social media means listening carefully and learning to share valuable information that bonds people and builds strong relationships
  • @ValerieSimon Social Media is a participatory form of media that provides opportunities to listen, share & engage using virtual technologies & practices
  • @swonderlin Social media is a revolutionary tool – bringing thoughts & ideas together from every corner of the world and in all facets
  • @LucySofiano Its a revolution of waterfountain gossip, cocktail party banter & has opened my world to new and exciting people, possibilities and places
  • @steveology (Part A) The greatest shift of power from the corporation to the consumer since the birth of the industrial revolution
  • @BarbaraNixon Social Media provides a new way for us to listen to, learn from, laugh with, and (lol) even loathe each other.
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