As a writing “warm up” for the Student Guides to Internet Learning Tools that my students are going to be writing and publishing, I asked Tia and Arianna today to list for me 10 things that every student should know about Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. [The links at the bottom of this post connect to blog pieces I have written earlier about these tools.]
Here is what they shared about Facebook and LinkedIn. I find their recommendations interesting and potentially of value to an older audience unfamiliar with these applications.
I intend for our first Guide to be about LinkedIn. Stay tuned.
10 Things about Facebook you should know:
1. You can unfollow someone on Facebook without unfriending them.
2. Anything you share or post on your wall can be seen by anyone unless you change your privacy settings.
3. Any time you tag someone in a post via comment all your friends will be able to see it.
4. You can see what is “trending” so you can stay up on current events.
5. You can create private or public events on Facebook where you can select which friends to invite.
6. Facebook is a good way to keep up with family members who you do not get to see very often by posting family pictures and posting statuses about what you have been up to.
7. Facebook tells you when it is someone’s birthday.
8. It is a resource that future employers may look at during the application process, so be mindful of what you post.
9. You can use Facebook messenger for in
individualized messages, group messages, as well as posting videos about your day. You can also play games through the application on your phone such as basketball or soccer.
10. You can like pages on Facebook that interest you, so whenever that page posts something you will see it on your newsfeed. Also, you can have private groups to send out notifications about events (e.g. Tia’s Soccer team)
10 Things you should know about Twitter:
1. You only have 140 characters to write in each “Tweet”.
2. You can create a single question survey per tweet.
3. Make your account private, which only allows people who have access to follow you to see what you post.
4. When on private, you can reject or accept new followers.
5. Depending on the pages you follow, it can help you stay up on current events.
6. There is also an explore category that allows you to see what is trending, current events, and the most popular hashtags.
7. You can share pictures and videos.
8. You can share as much or as little information about yourself as you would like, such as adding a bio to your profile, displaying your birthday, or even disclosing your location.
9. On the app, you can have several accounts synced to your phone. For example, if you have a professional and personal account, you can have immediate access to both right on the app within your phone.
10. Within the app, there is a night mode option. This causes layout of Twitter to be a dark grey/black color so it is not as bright on your eyes.