Thứ Năm, 25 tháng 2, 2021

Talking about Social Media!

 Part 3. Social media

  1. How much time do you spend surfing the net?

  2. Do you have a Facebook/ Instagram account?

  3. What is your favorite social media platform?

  4. Do you think social media is useful?

  5. How do you usually use social media?

Social media  /ˌsoʊʃəl ˈmiːdiə/


   Companies nowadays try to use social media in order to sell more goods.

The most popular types of social media: 

1. Social networks

Examples: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn

Social networks, sometimes called “relationship networks,” help people and organizations connect online to share information and ideas.

2. Media sharing networks

Examples: Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube

Media sharing networks give people and brands a place to find and share media online, including photos, video, and live video.

3. Discussion forums

Examples: reddit, Quora, Digg

Discussion forums are one of the oldest types of social media, where people can discuss current affairs, talk about their interests and ask for help.

4. Consumer review networks

Examples: Yelp, TripAdvisor

Consumer review networks give people an opportunity to find, review, and share information about brands, products, and services, as well as restaurants, travel destinations, and more.

5. Interest-based networks

Examples: Wattpad,

People use interest-based networks to connect with others around a shared interest or hobby.

6.  ‘Sharing economy’ networks

Examples: Airbnb, Grab

“Sharing economy” networks, also called “collaborative economy networks,” connect people online for the purpose of advertising, finding, sharing, buying, selling, and trading products and services.

7. Anonymous social networks

Examples: Whisper,, KMP

If you want to gossip, to share your experience and opinion or to make a confession, but afraid or don't want to do it openly, anonymous social networks can help you to do that.

More vocabularies:

Identity /ɑɪˈdentɪt̬i/


   He was ashamed of himself, that's why he created a fake online identity.

Account = personal page /əˈkaʊnt/


   Even though I have an account on Twitter, I don't use it much.

Avatar  /ˈævətɑːr/


   I don't like to use my personal photos as an avatar on my Facebook account, because I'm too shy. 

Nickname /ˈnɪkneɪm/


   She got a nickname "Snow White" at high school because of her pale skin.

To affect  /əˈfekt/


   Social media has radically affected both how we communicate and who we communicate with.

To influence  /ˈɪnfluəns/  


   You can see the influence of modern technologies in almost every aspect of our daily lives from how we shop to how we spend our leisure time.

Youtuber /ˈjuːtuːbɚ/


   She is a well-known YouTuber who teaches people how to do make-up.

Tweeter /twiːtɚ/


   I'm not an active tweeter. Sometimes I don't use Twitter for months.

Streaming /ˈstriːmɪŋ/


   You can watch the streaming of our concert on our official website.

Livestreamer  /ˈstriːmɚ/


   As a fan of playing computer games, he decided to do it online both for fun and for earning money as a livestreamer.

Real time


   With the use of the Internet, I can watch the hottest news in real time.

Influencer /ˈɪnfluənsɚ/


   Being an influencer is now a career choice and not just a hobby.

Fanbase /ˈfænbeɪs/


   That young singer has a loyal fanbase in Europe.

To subscribe /səbˈskraɪb/


   2 million people subscribe to this online music service.

Follower = subscriber  /ˈfɑːloʊɚ/


   She has over 100,000 followers on Twitter.

Hater /ˈheɪt̬ɚ/


   Forget the haters - they're just jealous.

Troll  /troʊl/


   Trolls don't want to express their opinion, but try to hurt you as much as possible and get pleasure while watching your negative reactions.

Anonymous  /əˈnɑːnəməs/


   An anonymous businesswoman donated one million dollars to the charity.

Flashmob /ˈflæʃmɑːb/


   The flashmob video reached 2 million views within 5 days of its release.

Challenge  /ˈtʃælɪndʒ/


   She wanted to join a TikTok dancing challenge, but was too shy to do that.

Content /ˈkɑːntent/


   We've discussed the unusual design of the book. Now what can you say about the content?

Tutorial  /tuːˈtɔːriəl/


   An online tutorial for the program is available on our website.

Inappropriate content /ˌɪnəˈproʊpriət/


   That's inappropriate content, because it promotes hate based on race and religion.

Viral /ˈvaɪrəl/


   Here's a list of the top ten videos that went viral last week.

News feed  /nuːz fid/


   Your Twitter news feed refreshes automatically to show new tweets.

To scroll down  /skroʊl /


   I had to scroll down the feed to find the necessary post.

Post /poʊst/


   Lots of people have commented on my post.

Views /vjuː/


   Video views are counted differently based on what platform you use.

Comment /ˈkɑːment/


   I don't want to hear any negative comments about my new haircut!

Hashtag /ˈhæʃtæɡ/


   Designer Chris Messina was the fist to use a hashtag on Twitter in 2007.

Clickbait /ˈklɪkbeɪt/


   The website has been criticized for it's headlines that look like clickbait.

Blog/ vlog    /blɑːɡ/ /vlɑːɡ/


   She writes a food blog in which she shares recipes and restaurant reviews.

   You can watch the final part of this three-part vlog on her official website.

To broadcast /ˈbrɑːdkæst/


   The tennis championship is broadcast to several different countries.

Meme /miːm/


   Take a look at the top ten Internet memes for this past year.

Catchy /ˈkætʃi/


   This brand of food is well known because it's catchy slogan.

Messenger /ˈmesɪndʒɚ/


   Facebook Messenger is a free mobile app used for writing messages, sharing photos, videos, audio recordings and for group chats.

To chat /tʃæt/


   She spends hours on the phone chatting to her friends.

Chatbot /ˈtʃætbɑːt/


   Our chatbot can provide customer service and answer basic questions automatically.

To tag /tæɡ/


   I don't mind if people tag me without asking.

To share  /ʃer/


   If I really like a post or a video, I usually share it on my Facebook feed.

To flex = to show off /fleks/


   No need to flex about all the cash you've got.

Facepalm  /ˈfeɪspɑːm/


   She always does a facepalm when her mother starts asking her about boys.

Some social media acronyms:

  • FB – Facebook

  • IG – Instagram

  • YT – YouTube

  • TW – Twitter

  • DM – Direct message 

  • PM – Private message

  • RT – to share someone’s tweet  to your own feed, to retweet

  • AFAIK – As far as I know

  • AMA – Ask me anything

  • BRB – Be right back

  • G2G – Got to go

  • HBD – Happy birthday

  • ILY – I love you

  • IMHO – In my humble opinion

  • LMAO – Laughing my a** off

  • LMK – Let me know

  • LOL – Laughing out loud

  • ROFL – Rolling on the floor laughing

  • WFH – Work from home

  • YOLO – You only live once

  • BTS – Behind the scenes

  • 5555 = ahaha - Laughter


  1. What is your favorite social media?

  2. How much time a day do you spend on social media?

  3. Are you addicted to social media?

  4. Do you use your personal photos as avatars?

  5. Do you have a nickname for social media accounts?

  6. Do you have a different or same online and offline identity?

  7. What do you prefer: to make calls or to chat with your friends?

  8. What is your favorite messenger?

  9. Do you use any social media acronyms when you chat with your friends? If yes, what are they?

  10. Do you like to watch videos on YouTube? What kind of videos do you like?

  11. Do you think a youtuber of a livestreamer is a profession or just a hobby?

  12. What do you think about  people who broadcast their private life online?

  13. Have you ever taken a part in any flashmob or challenge?

  14. Do you like memes? Why are they so popular nowadays?

  15. Do you share funny memes with your friends? How often?

  16. Does social media play any role in education?

  17. Can social media help with doing your own business? How?

  18. What are the positive and negative effects of social media?

  19. Should people be cautious about what they post online?

  20. How often do you leave comments on social media posts?

  21. What do you think about haters and trolls?

  22. Do you know anything about cyberbullying?

  23. Have you ever been a victim of cyberbullying or do you know anyone who was? 

  24. Do you think parents should control their children's online life?

  25. Does social media promote or harm real-life communication?

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