Social Media: Sharing Without Borders

This might seem like a given; when you post something on social media, it goes across the world. However, there is more to the concept of sharing without borders. For instance, what exactly constitutes as a border?

A border doesn’t have to be what separates Mexico from being America. Borders can be physical, political, national, political, religious, cultural, economic, and can be defined in many ways and as other types. Borders can, and usually do consist of more than one category from those just named, and can include other categories, as well. A physical / political boundary may be the first kind of border commonly considered, but that’s not the limit to what it means.

What Is Social Media?

Social media is the medium by which people network, such as web sites and computer applications and mobile phone apps that allow people to share communications via messages, pictures, images, files, audio, and video, or some part or combination of these. Well known social media includes Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Pinterest, and many more such communities that allow people to share ideas, thoughts, and conduct online conversations by posting messages and other items of interest.

What Are Some Kinds of Sharing Without Borders?

Some organizations are engaging volunteers, teaching children, raising funds by various means including bake sales, cupcake auctions, blogs, and more. Chefs are teaching children how to cook, and many bloggers and local groups around the country are reaching out to help children to have enough healthy food. No Kid Hungry is one force behind this movement.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was started in France in 1971, and has provided medical care in over 60 countries. The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the group in 1999. Social media such as Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook is part of how MSF communicates the needs of people in desperate situations, and gains private support for their work. Concerns and needs such as the malnutrition intervention, obstetrics, surgeries, and much more.

Collegiate Research combines the expertise and experience of professors, and sometimes students, across different campuses and in different nations to advance the search for answers, solutions, and scholarship itself. Columbia University is an example of a school taking an active role in pursuing this kind of social media sharing.

Business and tax planning across international borders is another realm through which knowledge is shared through articles and comments. One law firm with offices in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania actively pursues international business opportunities and service using social media; in their case, a blog serves to communicate on many topics.

Recruiters looking for qualified employees are increasing their use of social media to identify and reach out to potential job candidates. LinkedIn is widely considered to be the largest social media platform for professionals in the workforce, and it’s not unusual for members to be presented with job opportunities, whether or not they have actually looked for a new job. LinkedIn also has a number of ‘groups’ to allow people who share common interests to conduct interesting discussions, find new ideas, market they or their business, and much more. Other social media sites have similar groups, too.


Using the Internet as a communication’s tool, political borders are seldom a barrier to sharing ideas, doing business, making friends, or finding talent. In recent years, social media has truly made it much easier than ever before to accomplish sharing without borders.