Category Archives: Personal and professional networks

Twitter

DESCRIPTION

Twitter is  an online social networking and microblogging platform that allows users to communicate through 140-character messages (“tweets”) on a computer or smartphone. It’s used by millions of people worldwide to keep up with news, gossip, events, weather, and more. Once you sign up with an email and password, you’ll be directed to start “following” people. The people you follow will show up in your Timeline, a scrolling list of real-time tweets. When you tweet, the people who follow you will see your tweets in their timeline.

BENEFITS

  • Social networking
  • Online connection and interaction with family, friends and relatives
  • Could help teens learn to write concisely, and hashtag chats on various topics can offer new perspectives on specific interests.

BEST PRACTICES

  • Everyone (teachers,studends, proffessionals, etc)

PRECONDITIONS – FOR USING

  • Create a Twitter account(free)
  • Must be at least 13 years old
  • Stable internet connection for fast synchronise.
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Instagram

DESCRIPTION

Instagram is a popular platform for instantly enhancing photos and videos with cool effects and sharing them across a number of social media platforms. The terms specify that users should be at least 13 years old and should not post partially nude or sexually suggestive photos but do not prohibit the portrayal of violence, swear words, or drugs. Users can flag photos for review, but mature content still appears in some photos and in the comment sections. Photos shared in Instagram are public and may have location information unless privacy settings are adjusted. Instagram Direct allows users to send private photos and directly to other users.

BENEFITS

  • Social networking
  • Online connection and interaction with family, friends and relatives
  • The tool makes photos and videos look cool and then makes it easy to share them instantly

BEST PRACTICES

  • Everyone (teachers,studends, proffessionals, parents, etc)

PRECONDITIONS – FOR USING

  • Create an Istagram account(free)
  • Must be over 13 years of age
  • Stable internet connection for fast synchronise.

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Facebook

DESCRIPTION

Facebook is a vast, sprawling network and you can make whatever you want of it. You sign up by putting some details, and preferably a photo of yourself, on the Facebook website. Then you’re ready to start posting a few updates.

These updates are statements about what you’re up to, links to interesting stuff you’ve seen elsewhere on the web – it’s up to you. As word gets around that you’re online, you’ll find old friends start to get in touch. They may have heard about you being on Facebook or they may have found you after doing a search.

Facebook itself will send notes on people you might know, based on the fact that you went to the same school or college or shared an employer (you only have to put up as much of this sort of information as you want).

BENEFITS

  • Social networking
  • Online connection and interaction with family, friends and relatives

BEST PRACTICES

  • Everyone (teachers,studends, proffessionals, etc)

PRECONDITIONS – FOR USING

  • Create a Facebook account(free)
  • Must be at least 13 years old
  • Stable internet connection for fast synchronise.

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LinkedIn

DESCRIPTION

LinkedIn is a social network site with a business orientation. One can add one’s CV to one’s profile, as well as one’s recommendations by other LinkedIn members, one’s skills that can be endorsed by other LinkedIn members and one’s auto-description and contact data.

LinkedIn is a great place to keep in contact with other professionals, to discuss on specific topics with professionals in discussion groups and to contact yet unknown professionals. One’s network and (endorsed) data function as a foundation for one’s credibility. Therefore, headhunters, future employers and new meeting partners check unknown individuals by default on LinkedIn.

A vanity functionality is the option to check who has visited one’s profile. This can be the starting point of a new professional contact. Although LinkedIn can be used to get access to new networks, it is advisable to employ certain discretion when contacting vaguely known individuals in order not to be seen as a lurker or worse.

BENEFITS

• Massive reach
• Professional image

BEST PRACTICES

• Professional auto-presentation
• Background check on individuals

PRECONDITIONS

• Create a LinkedIn account
• Add data and keep them up to date – which can be time consuming

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Delicious

DESCRIPTION
Delicious (a product of Yahoo) is a social bookmarking tool. It is designed in a way that allows users to tag, save, manage and share web pages from a centralized source. Delicious users can add “tags” to their bookmarks (tags can be used to find these bookmarks later). Users of Delicious can also view the bookmarks of all other users featuring a particular tag.

In short, Delicious can be used as a tool that helps users build their own “catalogue” of information relevant to them and it also allows them to benefit from others’ “catalogues” as well as share their own findings.

BENEFITS

  • Develop collaborative projects
  • Build lists of useful sites for users´ needs

BEST PRACTICES

  • All users

PRECONDITIONS – FOR USING

  • Delicious add-ons for the browser you are using
  • A Yahoo ID

PRECONDITIONS – WHEN CREATING

  • Delicious tags must have no spaces, e.g. PersonalDevelopment

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