Social Media in many ways has become a positive force in our daily lives.
The spread of information is faster than ever before. Over 50 percent of users learn about breaking news through social networking sites. And more than 52 percent of reporters use Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter for research.
In law enforcement, the Boston Police Department maintained the public informed through Twitter by communicating the latest developments in the manhunt that ensued after the Boston marathon bombing.
During this tough employment market, social networking sites help connect job seekers with employers. Nine out of 10 job recruiters hire employees through LinkedIn.
Social networks also facilitate political change.
The protests during the Arab Spring were fueled by messages via Twitter and YouTube that voiced public opinion and brought major shifts in political power.
Crowdfunding thrives as a result of social networks. GoFundMe, an online fundraising site, has raised $1.3 million from over 14,000 donors for Hurricane Sandy victims.
All great innovations have positive and negative ways to utilize them.
Social Media Pioneer and CEO of Speak Hispanic, Elianne Ramos, told DNA in an interview that social media allows for people to connect with others on issues they care about and mobilize action offline.
With social media, the positives are hard to ignore. Watch the video above to see Ramos’ full interview.