allows users to connect, communicate, and share multimedia via Web-based or mobile technology. This interaction is usually achieved through social networking sites and applications for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. This is a brief list of some of the more popular sites and applications." ["Social Media." Computer Sciences. Ed. K. Lee Lerner and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner. 2nd ed. Vol. 3: Social Applications. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2013. 216-223. Gale Virtual Reference Library.]
Look for the "about" link on each of the social media sites listed.
"'Blog' is an abbreviated version of 'weblog,' which is a term used to describe web sites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. A blog features diary-type commentary and links to articles on other Web sites, usually presented as a list of entries in reverse chronological order. Blogs range from the personal to the political, and can focus on one narrow subject or a whole range of subjects."
Read more at http://codex.wordpress.org/Introduction_to_Blogging
Instagram is "a free and simple way to share your life and keep up with other people" through sharing pictures and videos that you can customize with filters and creative tools. You can post images on Instagram, then share them on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and other social media or send images directly as a private message. Visit Library Services on Instagram.
Pinterest began as a visual discovery tool to use to find ideas for projects or share interests. There has been discussion of offering "buyable pins," which would make Pinterest a business option.
If you don't already have an account and would like one, visit Twitter at https://twitter.com/ to sign up.
Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest information about what you find interesting."
"At the heart of Twitter are small bursts of information called Tweets. Each Tweet is 140 characters in length, but don’t let the small size fool you—you can share a lot with a little space."
For more information, see Twitter Basics from the Twitter Help Center.
Use the library catalog to find more books about social media.
Wiki has been defined as "the simplest online database that could possibly work" that "allows users to freely create and edit Web page content using any Web browser." (What Is Wiki).
You are probably familiar with Wikipedia, "the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit." There are other related wiki projects.