Huh? DFO is a medium where people socialize electronically. Seems like social media by definition. Just because we have a narrow common interest doesn’t change that.This site is more Social Networking ... not Social Media, Service Media, Mass Media, or even Informational Media.
We are a group of like-minded hobbiest and professionals that socially network with each other on various topics.
Generally speaking, we are not creating Media for either storage or delivery. We are not an arm of the Mass Media.
There is no real Media derived from this site. Only shared interests that we network together about and discuss.
This forum is a Network of individuals sharing individual opinions and stories about various topics of choice.
Leonsis is said to have coined the phrase (much to the chagrin of Sharkey) in reference to AOL. Consider that AOL was a MEDIA storage and dissemination channel. So, when Leonsis wanted to add the Social aspect to AOL with his Instant Messanger piece, it naturally formed a Social MEDIA congomerate. The Social was added to the already existing MEDIA.
Keep in mind, FB and Twitter and such are also Social Networking platforms. BUT, they are ALSO MEDIA platforms ... ergo, Social Media sites.
Hopefully, that helps to clear up the misunderstanding here.
Market Business News - The term media, which is the plural of medium, refers to the communication channels through which we disseminate news, music, movies, education, promotional messages and other data. It includes physical and online newspapers and magazines, television, radio, billboards, telephone, the Internet, fax and billboards.
Oxford - media is the main ways that large numbers of people receive information and entertainment, that is television, radio, newspapers and the internet
It's is for storage and dissemination of information to the masses and the channels through which it travels.
That does not describe this forum.