Top Ten Things That People Share Online

With the ever-growing technology, perhaps the use of the internet is what has had a significant impact in today’s life. Being online gives you an opportunity to share many things with the rest of the world through various social media platforms. What people want to share on-line can be put into 10 categories. These categories are:

1. Full length Videos
2. Video clips
3. Photos
5. Altered images and art
6. Audio recordings
7. Podcasts/RSS feeds
8. Music
9. Articles
10. Applications

A number of factors influence precisely what someone shares and what is not shared. By looking at what is shared alongside the reason for it being shared, a comprehensive understanding of on-line sharing can be acquired. Each category is discussed below:

Full length videos

Movies are the most common type of full length video that people want to share online. However, people do not share all the movies they have seen, but usually those that are trending on-line. These movies usually are recent releases that have not reached a wide audience. An individual might share such a movie in the hope that friends will get to watch it. It also helps to boost an individual’s profile For instance, someone might see him/herself as ‘The movie guy’.

Video clips

Funny videos are some of the most popular type of video clip shared on-line. The reason for such sharing is rather simple; to share the feel-good value associated with the video. The video need not be overly hilarious, but it will usually incorporate the element of amusement.The most popular funny clips are pranks made by the person posting the clip or downloaded by the individual from the numerous sites offering these clips. Furthermore, by having a preference for the types of clips an individual shares, the individual in a way helps define their online identity.


The most common type of photo that people want to share on-line is the selfie. Selfies have become a popular way of expressing one’s identity on-line. By uploading and sharing a selfie, individuals are updating their online audience on what it is they are doing, when and where they are doing it. The selfie has become a means by which individuals document moments in their day to day life.

The other type of photos, shared on-line, are those associated with important events in an individual’s life. These might be photos commemorating birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and so forth. The third type of photo that people want to share on-line are photos of interesting events. These events range from photos of fires to UFOs.


The nature of these quotes can range from inspirational quotes to funny quotes. The reason as to why people would want to share an inspirational quote is to share the positive massage the quote conveys. Funny qoutes are shared for the humour they convey. The quotes an individual shares can also help to establish their on-line identity. For instance, quotes by famous people can be used to show the person sharing the quote is smart, educated or informed.

Altered images and art

The reason as to why people want to share altered images or art is to convey an idea or point of view. The most common type of altered images shared on-line are those or altered landscapes. Altered landscapes are popularly used as wallpapers and screen savers. Altered images of faces, body parts, plants and so forth can have a number of different interpretations. In order to convey the desired message, such images are shared along side text captions. Images of abstract art are used in a similar manner.

Audio recordings

A type of audio recordings that are gaining popularity are audio books. The audio books can have motivational and inspirational content, a novel or can have educational content.The other common type of audio recording people share online, are recording of music or videos. The recordings are uploaded and can then be converted into the most common music formats.

Podcasts/rss feeds

Podcasts and RSS feeds are data streaming services that help to transfer combine video and audio on-line. In most cases, these feeds have educational value. For instance an individual can share podcasts on DIY(do it yourself) projects. Thus the main reason people would want to share on-line would be to facilitate the transmission of useful information.


Music is probably the most common item that people want to share online. The most significant reason for this is that nothing can better define an individual’s on-line identity than music. People will share music ripped from records they have bought or music downloaded from numerous sites. Music shared can also be used as a social currency. An individual will usually share music that is current and trending making the individual look cool and in the know.


The nature of articles people share online can take on several forms. The most common are articles with some educational value. These are articles addressing a particular topic, event, field or issue. The reason why people want to share such articles online is to transmit knowledge to others. Articles can also have a non-educational value. An example is a funny story an individual would share for its feel-good value.


Applications are becoming one of the most common items that are shared on-line. This is because most of the services offered on-line by sites are offered through the use of apps. These applications have to be installed on a personal device before accessing a service. Thus, by sharing such applications on-line, an individual is providing others with easier access to on-line services.
By sharing particular types of applications an individual can in a way define their online identity.

It is worthwhile to note that the list given above is not conclusive. However, when considering why people want to share online, it is clear that the reasons are rather similar. The most significant reason is the need to define an online identity. By sharing particular content individuals define who they are. This has become increasingly important in a world where there is little distinction between on-line and offline identities.

The second most significant reason is related to the emotional value of what is shared. These two reasons are probably the main reasons why people want to share on-line.

  • I can’t understand why selfies are so “cool” right now? How did this all start? Have we become a narcissistic society? I remember when a picture of a flower or beautiful scenery was considered to be great, and not taking a photo of yourself and posting it online. I don’t have something against selfies, it’s just that some shouldn’t be posted online.

  • Lily Taylor

    I’m so glad people choose to share articles online because in a lot of cases I have found great information on topics I would otherwise not find any or have a hard time finding it. The internet and the act of sharing information has drastically reduce the time it takes to find data on almost any subject.

  • Briana Stockston

    I love sharing wonderful quotes and I found that, in most cases, you can realize how a person thinks by looking at the quotes they share. It’s not always the case, but it does give you an idea. I often share quotes when I am in a particular state of mind: happy, sad, depressed, feeling lonely, etc. I found that quotes can change my whole day. I don’t know why but when I see a positive, powerful quote on Facebook, I feel energized.

  • sarahevanston

    I can’t tell you how many video clips I have shared online. I think I might be addicted to it but I just can’t stop. If I think it’s cool, I want everyone else to see it!

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