We left Grandma on the web exploring the various webpages on social media, and with resolve she discovered one that explained the definition of social media in a clear manner. With this knowledge Grandma was certain she could navigate her way to her family until again something changed, and she was staring at the unfamiliar landscape.
Uncertain and afraid Grandma began to click “Its no use, I will never find my way to my family” Grandma mutters to herself. “What is wrong with me? I know how to look things up, to use a keyboard and read” She began to read the words on the screen before her to prove her abilities. But the words made no sense as she read them “social media, social network, social networking, social bookmarking, social platform”. Grandma began to weep. Suddenly a tiny magnifying glass at the top of the page caught her eye. She typed in the “what is social networking?”
Grandma clicked on the headline below and began reading. The strange feeling came over her once again. She began to understand. Then Grandma forget the key to searching on the web, she clicked and was pulled away from the site she was on, much like Alice who forgot the key after shrinking again. Grandma began to rant and rave at her error and was about to give up when she saw a left pointing arrow at the top of the page. She hovered over the arrow and read “Click to go back.”. Grandma clicked. The page she was reading returned. With renewed sense of hope grandma clicked the arrow again and found herself back at her beginning search.
With some apprehension Grandma begins typing in another phrase, “what is social platform ?”, then “ what is the difference between websites and apps ?” and finally “difference between social networking and social media ?”. Before she realized two hours had passed by, but the magnifying glass promised more information, and understanding like: social book marking, blogs, microblogs, blogs, media sharing, chats, social news. Grandma hesitated a moment then started to type, following the tiny magnifying glass through the pool of platforms or as Grandma now understood, the pool of tools of social media.
What will happen to Grandma as she wades into the web?
Are you fan of Alice in Wonderland? Can you make the connection Alice in Wonderland and Social Media? DO you struggle as this author does understanding the ever changing social media landscape?
You will need to read Chapter 3. The Caucus Race and a Long Tale.
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