Social media… social web…web 2.0…. What do these all mean?
A shift has happened in the way we communicate. The tools that companies, agencies, and governments used to use to talk to their constituents, clients, and customers are now available to more and more of us to use to talk back and to each other.
Below, you will find a list of the more popular social web sites (which you may already be more than familiar with), as well as some resources to help you navigate and make use of web 2.0 technology.
DISCLAIMER: Social networking sites can be tons of fun – they can also carry risks. Be aware that any information (or images) you put up online could potentially be viewed by those wishing to do you harm; avoid including too much personal information, or information that can be linked among various accounts to paint a more complete picture of your daily habits, places you frequent, or identifying information.
WCASA Social Media Guide
An overview of social media usage and the most common sites; available in the following formats:
- PDF version (reviewed 2015)
- ePub compatible file (Sony, B&N Nook, iBooks)
- MOBI compatible file (for Amazon Kindle )
The WCASA Social Media Podcast series:
- Episode 1 : Social Media & Facebook
- A brief overview of social media and a look at Facebook pages.
- Episode 2 : Twitter
An overview of tweeting, hashtags, searches, linking and Twitter applications.
- Episode 3: RSS Feeds
Syndicated feeds are a quick and easy way to stay on top of news; what are they, and how do they work?
- Episode 4: Google+
(pronounced Google “plus”), a hybrid between Facebook & Twitter, with additional bells and whistles (see Hangouts, free video conferencing for you and eight colleagues)
Select Social Media Networks
- Facebook– it was not first to the social web space, but Facebook has swiftly grown to be the largest and most active site
- How To: Set Up a Facebook Page – a good “how-to” page put together by Mashable.com
- Twitter – you are limited to 140 characters, but you can communicate with vast audiences swiftly, share links, make connections
- Hootsuite – browser-based app that allows you to track multiple Twitter and/or Facebook accounts; you can also use it to schedule tweets; basic usage free, there are paid pro-level accounts with other bells and whistles
- oneforty – a variety of tools and tips
- Hashtags – hashtags “#” denote keywords in tweets (and more and more in Facebook postings); these keywords can be searched, counted, and tracked so that you can gauge trends or set up a stream for an event
- Google+ – (pronounced Google “plus”), a hybrid between Facebook and Twitter, with additional bells and whistles (see Hangouts, free video conferencing for you and eight colleagues)
- YouTube – so ubiquitous, it has now become the go-to place for video content online; now owned by Google, so you can access both through one login
- Flickr – photo sharing site
- Microblogging– sites that allow you to easily create a stream of links or text:
- paper.li – create an online newspaper! this site allows you to create a custom collection of Facebook and Twitter streams, organized and presented visually as a newspaper which you can share.
Social Media Resources
- Wikipedia entry on social media: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_media
- VAWNet (National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women) has an excellent, and thorough, “special collection” full of resources on safety considerations when dealing with data and moving about online: Special Collection: Safety & Privacy in a Digital World
- PCAR/PCADV “Tech Top 10 Tips” worksheets
- TAASA (Texas Association Against Sexual Assault) Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2012 “Get Social” campaign packet (some really good points and info)
- Socialbrite – “social tools for social change”
- FREE reports on Social Media – a series of white papers available as PDF’s covering a variety of topics related to social media, using social media for communicating and marketing, working with media, Twitter, and many others
- digizen – safe, secure, and ethical use of the internet; resources related to social media use
- Health Communicator’s Social Media Toolkit – CDC guide to integrating social media and using it to spread public health and prevention messaging
For Kids / Teens
- NetSmartz – a project of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children; useful resources, videos; content areas for Parents, Educators, Law Enforcement, Teens, Tweens, and Kids
- Social Good - The Chronicle of Philanthropy podcast series Tech Hive blog - Social network privacy settings compared (Jun 2012)
- mPreventViolence: Communication and Technology for Violence Prevention - workshop; this conference was held in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 8-9, 2011; many of the sessions are available as archived webcasts:
- Nancy Lubin: Texting Saves Lives
- The Networked Nonprofit: Connecting with Social Media to Drive Change by Beth Kanter and Allison H. Fine (Amazon link)