Social media - barrier or tool for inclusion?
Social media is revolutionising Internet communications and for people with disabilities this new phenomenon has the potential to remove many of the barriers faced when socialising and networking. However, there are still many access issues facing disabled users. So, is social media becoming a tool for social inclusion, or simply creating new barriers?
Social media like Twitter and Skye can be said to be the consumer phenomenon of 2009. This new form of communication has taken a foothold in every major
market around the world, and Australia is no exception. The March 2009 Nielsen report
Global Faces and Networked Places (PDF 2.8M) reveals more than one in every two Australians uses social networking sites.