Social Media helps us communicate by sharing our lives and our stories. Below are places we can connect. There are many different types of social media, each having different purposes, so every social media isn’t for everyone. But each social media does something unique– they aren’t all the same. Below, each social media tool has a description and a link that will help you learn more about it… and, if you find it interesting, even start a free account. If you want to connect and discover more of our resources, click the icon on any social media below to join us.
Twitter (learn more) is a social media tool that enables you have an enormous virtual conversation between other Twitter users (the “Twitterverse”). Twitter is like sitting at a dinner table where you can participate in the larger discussion at the table or you can choose to communicate in a smaller conversation with only certain people at the table. Twitter allows 140-character text messages on personal computers, tablets, and other handheld mobile devices. Click the icon and connect with me… and lots of other friends on Twitter!
Facebook (learn more) is a free social networking website that allows registered users to create personal profiles, then upload photos or videos, and send messages to keep in touch with others or meet new people. The site, which is available in many different languages, includes features like special public or private groups, events, special interest pages, and online chat tools. Almost everyone you know is on Facebook– so log on and then join me… and nearly a billion other people! Just click the icon and get started.
Pinterest (learn more) is one of the fastest-growing social media websites ever. It is a tool that helps you search for, discover, collect, and organizing the things that interest or inspire you. When you find something interests you– just ‘pin’ that interest, and Pinterest places it on your wall. As you connect with friends and new aquaintances, Pinterest helps you share ideas and information with others. Click the link, then stop in and join me and other friends there.
LinkedIn (learn more) is the world’s largest and best professional networking website and service. It allows you to find or meet new friends, colleagues, and acquaintances, and it specializes on helping you make connections that relate to professional interests. It’s used to help people collaborate on ideas and projects. Mostly, it helps people grow professionally by providing groups, companies, and connections. Click and join me and hundreds of others you know!
Instagram (learn more) is a fun and creative way to share moments of your day and life with your friends through a series of pictures or videos. Snap a photo or video with your mobile phone, then choose a photo filter (optional) that transforms the image into a keepsake memory to keep forever. As you share the moments and locations on your wall using your mobile phone or pad, you also connect with friends and new acquaintances who share their moments with you. It’s exciting to see what everyone is doing and where they are going. Click and join me on my journey.
Google Plus (learn more) is a social networking site owned and promoted by Google, one of the world’s biggest websites. Since most people use Google, it’s a place people can meet. One interesting thing about Google Plus is that it allows you to place yourself and your friends in certain “circles,” just like in real life. In real life, you have different groups of friends (work, family, hobbies, schools, etc.), and you can share information and items with some or all. You can also join in different discussion groups and even live videoconferencing right from your Google+ account. I’m there with many others, so join us!
Flickr (learn more) pronounced “flicker” is a website that hosts images and videos for free. People can visit Flickr and view interesting photos from millions of members, but they can also search for their friends in order to see their personal photostreams. Flickr offers members an enormous amount of free space for people to share their personal pictures and videos– and also allows you to follow the photostreams of others, to see what they are doing. Click below to join me on Flickr and see where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing!
StumbleUpon (learn more) helps you discover new and exciting things on the Web. You can search topics of your choice, and StumbleUpon quickly finds things you’ll like– then allows you save and store them. You can explore nearly any topic you like and find web pages, videos, photos, and other interesting things on the Internet that you almost certainly wouldn’t have found on your own. As you Stumble through great web pages, tell it whether you Like or Dislike its recommendations so it can show you more of what you really want. The link below takes you to my StumbleUpon account so you can see what I think it is important. Take a look!
Scoop.it (learn more) is a website you can use to search for, locate, evaluate, categorize, curate, and share information about what interests you. You can take any subject or theme you like, then do a search to find information that fits your request. Scoop.it provides you with high-quality information produced by others in a series of posts on your wall. You can save those searches and the detailed websites, links, or content into different streams of information to use later. Scoop.it is a great way to learn from others as everyone collaborates together to help share the best of the web. Log in and join the fun on Scoop.it!
Storify (learn more) is a social media storytelling tool. It is a cool visual way to share an experience or to tell social media stories using any story or experience-related Tweets, Facebook updates, pics, and other social media programs. These “bread crumbs” can trace the high points of an event, activity, or experience and ‘storify’ then share it with others. By using your personal links and others’ social media tweets, comments, posts, and so on, you can re-create history and fun times for people on nearly any topic or event. Check out Storify and begin telling your story. Then join me on Storify too!
YouTube (learn more) is a video sharing service that allows users to watch videos posted by other users and to upload videos of their own. Videos that have been uploaded to YouTube appear on that website and can be posted on other websites as well. The slogan of YouTube is “Broadcast Yourself” because it is designed primarily for people to share their videos with the world. Visit my YouTube page to see what other resources I have available– and consider subscribing to my YouTube Channel!
SlideShare (learn more) began with a simple goal: To share knowledge online. SlideShare offers users the ability for users to upload and promote publicly or privately PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, infographics, videos, webinars, and Adobe PDF Portfolios. The website averages approximately 60 million visitors a month and is among the top 120 most-visited websites in the world. Click on the link to view content I’ve shared on SlideShare, then share it with others!