Is WhatsApp considered a social network?
WHATSAPP has become the ultimate way to communicate with colleagues and stay in touch with friends and family.
But is it considered social media? Here’s everything you need to know.
Is WhatsApp a social network?
The WhatsApp messaging platform has become almost indispensable in our professional and social lives.
EVERYBODY seems to be on it, and its use of end-to-end encryption means it’s a pretty secure way to chat with your friends.
But would you call it a social media platform? Simply put: it’s open to debate.
Some say it’s social media because it supports many features that we associate with the definition, such as creating a profile and being able to share photos and videos.
Others would say that there is a difference between social media apps and messaging apps, in that on the former you broadcast to the world, while the latter are mainly used to communicate with a person or a small band.
What do we mean by social media?
Social media has no clear definition, leading to debate over which sites and apps could be called social platforms.
The Cambridge Dictionary defines it as “websites and computer programs that enable people to communicate and share information over the internet using a computer or mobile phone”.
Broadly, however, social media refers to platforms that allow people to have a public profile, share content with followers, and interact with others.
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What are the social media platforms?
When social media is mentioned in online media, it’s usually in reference to the industry giants that many of us use – at least – on a daily basis.
Among them are:
- ICT Tac
But there are many others, including Pinterest, Snapchat and the professional network LinkedIn.