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How to get started with social media What is Social Media? Social media is an online platform that helps people to communicate and network with each other online. Popular social media platforms include Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest. You can use social media on a variety of devices, including computers, mobile phones and tablets. Helpful hint: Ask your friends, family or colleagues what social media platforms they use before you sign up to your first one. Which Social Media Platform should I use? With so many different social media platforms to choose from, how do you choose which one to use? Ask yourself: What do you want to achieve? * Sign up to Instagram and Pinterest if you like taking or sharing photos. * Join YouTube, Vine and Vimeo if you like watching videos or making them. * Check out Facebook if you want to connect with family and friends. * Start a Twitter account if you want to reach a wider range of people from politicians to pop stars. * Use LinkedIn if you want to connect with people you have worked with. * Create a blog, a website that is a bit like a diary, if you enjoy writing and sharing your view of the world, using Blogger, WordPress or Tumblr. * Have a go with WhatsApp or Viber if you just want to chat with your friends online for free. How much time do you want to spend? Some social media platforms are more time consuming than others. Twitter can be quick and easy to use as you only need to write short updates of up to 140 characters. A blog can take up much more time as they often contain longer updates. What are the people you know using? Social media is all about connecting with others. Ask your friends, family or colleagues what social media platforms they use before you sign up. Get Started! To get started on a social media platform, you will need to create an account. You will be asked to provide an email address, as well as other information such as contact details. On many social media platforms, you will create a Profile page. Profiles often contain some basic information about you, including a Username and a Profile photo. When using social media, decide what you feel comfortable sharing with others and who you share it with. Always read the terms and conditions of social media platforms, and get to know the privacy settings. Summary With so many social media platform out there it can be overwhelming knowing where to start. Do your research by asking friends and family what they use. Have a look around to see what the different social media platforms do but also prepare to experiment and jump in! Popular websites and places relevant to this topic Image based social media platforms * Flickr * Instagram * Pinterest Video based social media platforms * YouTube * Vine * Vimeo Talking to others online social media platforms * Facebook * Twitter * LinkedIn Blogging social media platforms * Blogger * WordPress * Tumblr Messaging based social media platforms * WhatsApp * Viber

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