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Social Media 101

1:47PM April 04, 2018

Consolidated is not only committed to bringing fiber internet to the rural areas we serve, but we also want to help our members use this life-enhancing tool effectively, efficiently, and safely. This is the first of a series of updates that will appear on crowdfiber over the next several months that we hope you and others in your household will find helpful. 

New to social media? let’s get you started

If you haven’t used social media before, it can be a confusing landscape. You may fear you’ll never understand the different services available. This quick guide will give you an introduction to what’s out there, who’s using it, and whether you might want to give it a try.

 

1.    Facebook. With 2 billion monthly active users, Facebook is still where the majority of the country (and much of the world) gathers to share news about their lives and keep up with their friends and family. On Facebook—which works equally well on computers or smart phones—you can post photos and videos, share links you like, and even put out a live video to the world. On Facebook, you and your friends have to agree to be friends (one requests to be friends and the other accepts), and you can limit what you post so only your friends see it.

2.    Twitter. Twitter is like Facebook, with two important distinctions. First, Twitter only gives you 280 characters for your posts, so you have to say things fairly concisely. Also, with Twitter the norm is that anyone can follow your account (unless you restrict your account), so usually what you post is public.

3.    Instagram. Instagram is more popular among young people than Facebook, though it is owned by Facebook. Instagram is all about the visual, so to write an Instagram post, you have to include a picture or video along with text. Like Facebook, Instagram also allows live video, and you can choose whether to keep your account to your friends or to share your posts publicly. Instagram is much more frequently used on smart phones than computers—on a computer, the Instagram interface is limited.

4.    LinkedIn. LinkedIn is similar to Facebook in many ways, but instead of posting personal information, LinkedIn is a place to share professional information. The profile you set up in LinkedIn is like an online résumé, and the site is generally used for professional networking or job hunting.

5.    Pinterest. Remember when we all had bulletin boards, and we pinned the things we liked most—pictures of loved ones, cartoons, inspirational quotes, and more—on them? Pinterest is an online version of the bulletin board. You can make several boards for people to check out, each with its own focus based on your interests. Pinterest creates an attractive board based on the links you share there, showing your friends (or the world) what you’re interested in.

 

Ready to start? These sites are only the tip of the social media iceberg, but they constitute the most used sites on the internet. Just remember to check your privacy settings when you get started, and you’ll be on your way. See you around the internet!



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