All the kids are doing it! It must be cool right?
Watch this video to see what social networking is about and why it works for people:
There are LOADS of social networking sites. Bebo, Friendster and MySpace are just a few of the most popular. At the peak of its popularity, MySpace was getting more hits than Google! (There are also some more oddball social networking sites…)
But now, Myspace is “soooo over!” and Facebook is “where it’s at!”. (NB: Yes, I am down with the kids).
Thing 15 – Facebook!
People like Facebook because it’s the daddy of social media. It’s got everything going on! If you’re the kind of person who wants to upload, store and share information, pictures, video and links; use instant messenger to chat to chat to some friends but email messages to others; have the choice whether to update all of your friends in 100 characters or send a note as long as you like to just some of them, Facebook is the thing for you. Why would you bother to log into Flickr, Hotmail, MSN Messenger, Twitter, and Youtube when you could just log into Facebook and do it all there?
Sign up and see what I mean:
- Step 1: Go to the Facebook homepage and sign up for an account. You will need to use a valid email address. (If the idea of putting your email into Facebook freaks you out even a little bit, check this out). Remember you can skip steps in the set up if you’d like to – just look for the ‘skip’ link. It might be small but it will be there!
- Step 2: It’s up to you how much personal information you add to your profile, (as well as how true at information is – the interweb is the BEST place to spice stuff up). You can also control how much of that information is viewable by other people.
- Step 3: Facebook can be as open or as private as you like so if you’re feeling even the slightest bit shy/queasy about sharing your life with the world, sort out your privacy settings as to your preferences. Click here to find out more.
- Step 4: Find some friends! Using the search box, search for someone you know who is already using Facebook — it might be a work colleague or an old school friend. On the search results page, you might want to click on the “People” tab to limit the results. Once you’ve found someone you know, click on the “Add as Friend” link. You might have to wait for the person to confirm that you are indeed a friend! Once you’ve added some friends, try exploring their Facebook pages.
- Step 5: Join a group or become a fan of something. Using the search box, do a search for something you like — it could be your favourite TV show, film, singer or band. This time, you’ll probably want to click on either the “Pages” or “Groups” tab on the search results page. Some pages and groups are just for fun, but you can also find some more serious ones. Can’t think of anything? Check out the The Ref Library @ Huddersfield
- Step 6: Whilst you’re playing around with Facebook, don’t forget to occasionally update the status on your profile page. That way, your friends will know what you’re doing!
Well done, you now have a facebook!
Have you set up a Facebook account in order to market something? Click here to learn more of the wacky world of groups, pages, ads… ooh the mind boggles!
Extra Credit – Pieces of Flair
On your blog, link to your facebook page and write a post about what you liked and disliked about your Facebook experience. If you’re already on Facebook, post on y0ur blog about how much you love it, how ace it is and how you use it. Add a link to your Facebook account so the new people can find you easily if they want.
Thing 16 – Twitter
Twitter is a bit like Facebook in a way. But also very different. Some people like to use Facebook, some people Twitter, and some people use both. Apart from the difference You should be a seasoned blogger by now!
Some people like to write really long blog posts but, more often than not, you sometimes just want to quickly write something short. Maybe you just want to share a funny YouTube video or post a link to a useful web site — if so, maybe microblogging is for you 🙂
Microblogging is blogging for people who are in a hurry. Why say 10 paragraphs when just 10 words will do? If you updated your profile status in Facebook, then that’s a form of microblogging.
- Step 1: Go to the Twitter home page and create an account for yourself.
- Step 2: Over the next few days, try to remember to occasionally update your Twitter status.
- Step 3: Search for someone or something to “follow”. If you have any friends that you know are already using Twitter, search for them and click on the “Follow” button. Otherwise, Stephen Fry and William Shatner are sure to amuse you.
Extra Credit – Pieces of Flair
Add your Twitter feed to your blog using a widget. Whenever you update your Twitter it will update your blog too. Handy huh? 🙂
Extra Credit – Leisure Rules
Love the ‘…Plain English’ videos? Take a moment to learn the invaluable lesson of what to do when the impending zombie apocolyse finally hits us with this video: