What Are Social Media?
And what do these buttons do?
Social media let you use the Web to interact with others. This could be through social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter, where you can communicate with family, friends and acquaintances. Or it could be through social bookmarking services, like StumbleUpon, and Delicious, where you bookmark Web pages you like and share them with other users of the same service.
Social media also let you tailor the Web to suit the way you prefer to use it. Some of the ways you can tailor it include...
tagging the content you like, so that you (and others) can quickly find it with particular tags (keywords)
saving it for later reading
contributing to the Web by making thoughtful comments or easily creating short pages about your favorite topic.
These buttons let you easily share the Web page you just read by adding it to your favorite social media tool. How? Simply click on its button on the page. There's nothing to download or install.
If you're not yet using any of these social media, you can register for one after clicking on its button. Once your account is up and running, you'll be able to share the Web page with friends and family, or save it for later reading.
Of course, you're not limited to the buttons you see here. You can use any of these popular social media, or add a Web page to any other service you already use.