Information sharing describes the exchange of data between various organizations, people and technologies. There are several types of information sharing:
- Information shared by individuals (such as a video shared on Facebook or YouTube).
- Information shared by organizations (such as the RSS feed of an online weather report).
- Information shared between firmware/software (such as the IP addresses of available network nodes or the availability of disk space).
The advent of wide distributed networks, intranets, cross-platform compatibility, application porting and standardization of IP protocols have all facilitated the huge growth in global information sharing. Information sharing has become especially prevalent due to social networking. These 21st century network models actively encourage the sharing of information across social networks. Social networking sites and applications have established between them a sharing network of over a billion people. In terms of information sharing, this is a global proportion with almost 10 percent of the world’s population sharing information across common networks regularly.