This handbook will guide you on how to use social media to learn, stay informed and educate others about you and your community.
WHAT IS SOCIAL MEDIA?
Social media is a broad term that generally refers to websites that connect people to each other allowing them to share information and ideas in the forms of words, pictures, videos and audio files. The most widely used social media sites are Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
Social media isn't exclusive to these four sites, which are called networks; it includes anything you do online that connects you to another person or helps you to share information with others.
Additional forms of social media include:
- Social News Sites - Sites that allow readers to post links to other sites and vote on links shared by others. The links with the most votes are shown first. Examples: Digg and Reddit
- Media Sharing Services - Services and sites that allow you to upload and share media files like video, audio and pictures. Examples: YouTube, SoundCloud
- Bookmarking Sites - Sites that allow you to save and organize links to other websites with features that make it easy for you and others to search and discover new information. Examples: Pinterest, StumbleUpon
- Blogs and Forums - Sites that allow you to share information on a specific topic with others. Examples: There are as many blogs and forums as there are people on this Earth. Here's a popular football blog: http://afootballreport.com and forum that discusses social media sites: http://www.socialclerks.com/forum/
YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA MISSION
Use social media as a tool to educate yourself about topics that are important to you and to educate the world about your interests and the community you are a part of.
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