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        Social Media

        Social mediasocial webweb 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.

        For a good article about some of the legal ramifications of using social media, see Legal Risks in Social Media Use by Nonprofits by Kenneth E. Liu, Gammon & Grange, P.C. on Law For Change.


        WCASA Social Media Guide

        An overview of social media usage and the most common sites; available in the following formats:



        The WCASA Social Media Podcast series:

        • Episode 3: RSS Feeds link to YouTube
          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+link to YouTube
          (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
        • 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

        • 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 world icon; external link
          • 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 – PDF: portable document format CDC guide to integrating social media and using it to spread public health and prevention messaging

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