Social Media

Your constantly-updated definition of Social Media and collection of topical content and literature

What is Social Media?

Social media is a type of digital social network that has become—for many users—a normal activity of everyday life. People create and use social media accounts to communicate with loved ones and share news, ideas, and personal accomplishments.

A clever user experience (UX) designer knows how to leverage social media and use it as a research tool.

Social media is a great platform to take advantage of when conducting UX research or user research because it is inexpensive and makes direct communication with users easy.

Literature on Social Media

Here’s the entire UX literature on Social Media by the Interaction Design Foundation, collated in one place:

Learn more about Social Media

Take a deep dive into Social Media with our course Psychology of Interaction Design: The Ultimate Guide .

A deep understanding of human psychology is essential for all designers when creating a user-centered product with great user experience. While many individual differences will never cease to exist between users, we are united by our shared psychology; the constraints and abilities of the human mind are much the same for all of us. Developing an understanding of these cognitive limitations and capabilities is the key to interaction design and a great user experience. Without an awareness of how we interact with things in the real and virtual worlds, you’ll find that your designs will fall short of their potential.

This course will equip you with the knowledge to relate to your users psychologically, thus allowing you to create stand-out products. Through learning about different aspects of human cognition—and how they relate to interaction design—you will find yourself much better equipped to put yourself in your users’ shoes, shifting their thoughts to the forefront and keeping a firm hold of them there when designing your next creation.

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