Originally Posted by davidbkeegan
I would consider Wikipedia social media because all the information is user generated, therefore it is a social experience.
UGC does not necessarily mean "social media". Straight from wikipedia
Social media are media for social interaction, using highly accessible and scalable publishing techniques. Social media use web-based technologies to transform and broadcast media monologues into social media dialogues
The key words here in my mind are "social interaction"... and the fact that old medai used monologues and social media transforms that paradigm into a "diaologue", which means a 2 way conversation.
There has to be some type of 2-way conversation/discussion... Like on a blog thru comments, on a forum like this thru threads and posts, thru Twitter w/ tweets flying back and forth on a topic, thru Facebook w/ statuses and comments on statuses. A blog that does not allow comments is NOT a form of Social Media. It's simply a traditional web site implemented on a blogging platform.
On Wikipedia, yeah... the content is user generated, and others can update it with additional information. But there is no "discussion" or "conversation" going on.
By the very definition of Social Media, there has to be 2 way conversations between multiple people, between a company and their consumers, between multiple companies. The mere fact that there is a "conversation" or "discussion" means that the content has to be user generated content. But just because there is user generated content does NOT mean that something is social media.
A square is a rectangle. But a rectangle is not always a square. Simarly, Social Media is user generated content. But user generated content is not always Social Media.