Social media platforms have given users unprecedented access to a world-wide audience, at almost no cost to the user. It has given a voice to those who were previously muzzled. It has brought issues to the attention of people who would not normally know anything
I stumbled across this thanks to one of my mentoring teachers on Twitter, Michael Kaechele. You can find the original post by Gary Hayes on his blog, here. Using statistics he found across the web, this counter calculates how many social media events have happened.