Social media are interactive techniques that enable for the production, sharing, and exchange of information, ideas, interests, and other forms of expression via virtual communities and networks, as well as the development of new communities and networks.
Users often access social media services via web-based applications on their PCs and laptops, or through mobile applications that provide social media capabilities on their devices (e.g., smartphones and tablets). Because of the way users can interact with these electronic services, they are constructing highly interactive platforms through which individuals, communities and organisations can collaborate on, share, co-create, discuss, participate in, and modify user-generated content or self-curated content that has been posted online. Apart from that, social media is used to record memories, learn about and explore things, promote oneself, and establish connections. It also aids in the development of new ideas by allowing people to create blogs and podcasts as well as movies and game sites. The evolving connection between humans and technology is the subject of the growing discipline of technoself studies, which is exploring this relationship.
In addition to Facebook (and its related Facebook Messenger), TikTok, WeChat, Instagram, QZone, Weibo and Twitter, some of the most popular social networking websites with over 100 million registered users are Baidu Tieba, LinkedIn, and QZone (a Chinese version of Weibo). Other well-known platforms which are sometimes referred to as online services include: YouTube, QQ, Quora, Telegram, WhatsApp, Signal, LINE, Snapchat, Pinterest, Viber, Reddit, Discord, VK, Microsoft Teams, and others. Other popular platforms that are sometimes referred to as social media services include: Wikis, for example, are instances of collaborative content production in action.