20 Resources to enhance understanding of social media

Social Media on the Web

Hi all,

Over the past few days I have been reviewing, culling and processing my links in Delicious, Diigo as well as favourite and starred items on Twitter and  Google Reader.  This audit has given me me great information I have been collecting since 2006 and I was particularly interested in the evolution of the Social Media links over recent years.

In fact how I tag the links has evolved over the years from social networking, separate tags for Facebook and Twitter,  to social media and more recently I am preferring to use the tag new media.

Anyway here is a selection of a range of information sources on “Social Media”.

I hope you find some use for these links in the same way they ahve helped my journey in the use of social media in education.

Cheers Martin


Students Speak Up in Class, Silently, via Social Media – NYTimes.com


“Instead of being a distraction — an electronic version of note-passing — the chatter echoed and fed into the main discourse, said Mrs. Olson, who monitored the stream and tried to absorb it into the lesson.”

Why I Will Never, Ever Hire A “Social Media Expert”


“Social media is just another facet of marketing and customer service. Say it with me. Repeat it until you know it by heart. Bind it as a sign upon your hands and upon thy gates. Social media, by itself, will not help you.”
The 9 Deadly Sins of Facebook Pages and Their Administrators | Justin Levy


No 1 You need to have goals. Whatever they may be, whatever success looks like for you, you must have goals.

3 Key Metrics To Measure Social Media Success


“The maturation of the social media space has created the need for simple, standardized measurement techniques that clearly show whether social campaigns are working to deliver real brand impact and actual sales.”

Infographic: Artistic Impression of Social Media | Digital Buzz Blog


“it’s not up there with those that provide interesting facts and figures but it does display quite nicely, an artistic impression of some of our favourite (and not so favourite) social media platforms.”

Eleven of the most important trends in technology and social media in 2011


“I’m writing this high above the Atlantic Ocean somewhere over Greenland and I thought it the perfect place to pull my thoughts together on technology, social media and the industries that surround them and where the whole thing might be headed for the rest of 2011.”

Facebook Australia Infograph


“So the question for today – is how many people in Australia are actually on Facebook?”

Australian social media users put Facebook first and LinkedIn and Twitter far, far behind – mUmBRELLA


Social Media Business Benchmarking Study 2011 – blogiboulga


“A second part of the study signals that Australian businesses are preparing to pile into social media in the coming 12 months.”

7 Levels of Social Media Engagement | Laurel Papworth | @SilkCharm


“There are seven stages to social media engagement from shallow monitoring to deep peer to peer economies. How deep is the rabbit hole of social media?”

The Power of Educational Technology: My Message to Parents about Social Media


“To many of these panels feature police officers that use scare tactics that I try to give the glass half full perspective. Here is what I talked about.”

e-Samaritans « Human


“The man started mumbling what seemed like a question. Once, twice, not too loudly but enough to be heard by say 25 people. A woman to my right was updating her Facebook, a man left to me was texting someone. A few people raised their eyebrows, but nobody cared to listen to this man. Almost in synch, a woman sitting across from and myself addressed the man and tried to make sense of what he was trying to do.”

Social Media for learning in Europe


The title is self evident.

Danah boyd | apophenia » Four Essays Addressing Risky Behaviors and Online Safety


The first essay  – “This essay addresses some of the challenges that educators face when trying to address online safety and digital citizenship in the classroom.”

Social Networking Workshop for Parents | The Thinking Stick


“The conversations haven’t changed…or at least haven’t changed that much, we just need to update our vocabulary and understand these social spaces are the new ‘hang outs’ for students.”

21 Rules for Social Media Engagement


“As social media continues to evolve, defining the “rules of engagement” will encourage thoughtful interaction that benefits the business, brand, customer, peers, and prospects at every touchpoint. In the end, we earn the attention, relationships and business we deserve.”

YouTube – Social Media Revolution 2 (Refresh)


This clip has been around for a while but still some people have not seen it.

Clay Shirky: How social media can make history | Video on TED.com


Any search on TED on Social Media will provide some great resources

5 Essential Facebook Privacy Tips


“with many users examining more closely the definition of “public vs. private.” Some users have been turned off enough by Facebook’s envelope pushing when it comes to privacy to go so far as to contemplate a mass Facebook exodus.”

50 Crucial Rules – Social Media Etiquette for Students | SociableBlog.com : Social Media Blog


“Now that you’re getting ready to leave school behind, you will need to reconfigure your social media activity so that future employers and contacts respect you. Here are 50 social media etiquette rules to remember.”

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