Media communities, as well as, widgets and badges are two things that are discussed in Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization by Deltina Hay. So, as always, lets get some definitions first.
- Media Communities: social sites where you can save, share, and comment on multimedia items
- Widgets: snippets of code, usually displayed graphically, that can be used to syndicate content, for example RSS feeds, or to add interactive features that users can drop onto their own blogs or websites
Media communities are sharing sites. Sites such as Flickr, YouTube and Slide Share are all examples of media communities. They are websites where users can save files, share files and comment on multimedia items.
Widgets and badges are sort of in the same categories as phone apps. Widgets can pull information from the internet and send it to a central location. It is a way for you to receive all of your information, that you usually spend time searching for, to one place, which requires no searching. Badges are interactive designs used to grab the attention of the audience. They are often used with advertisements on webpages.