Social media is constantly changing. It is an area today where many students will be well ahead of the game on how to efficiently use the technology. However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t watch the current trends and think of how social media can be used in the classroom.

On this page we will list a few pieces of social media being used around campus and try to explain them the best that we can. If there is a way you are using it in your classroom or student organization, we’d love to hear from you and work on some collaborations.

  1. Facebook – Facebook is the one site where you’re likely to find friends, colleagues, and relatives all floating around.
  2. Twitter – messages are limited to 140 characters or less, but that’s more than enough to post a link, share an image, or even trade thoughts with your favorite celebrity or influencer.
  3. LinkedIn – linkedIn is to cyberspace what networking groups once were to local business communities.
  4. SnapChat – gives you the ability to take a picture, add art and text if you’d like, and then send it to recipients for a set amount of time
  5. Tumblr –  the fast-paced Microblog nature of Tumblr makes it ideal for memes, GIFs (pronounced JIF), and other forms of fun or viral content. Various subcultures of the internet use Tumblr as a way to gather online and promote subculture fandoms.
  6. Pinterest – serving as a giant virtual idea and inspiration board, allowing users to curate information visually.
  7. Instagram – a quick, convenient connection between the camera feature on your smartphone and all your social profiles
  8. Vine – videos play on auto loop and are limited to a maximum of six seconds.
  9. WhatsApp – The WhatsApp concept is simple: send text-style messages to anyone else using the platform, but without paying data charges.
  10. YikYak – allows people anonymously to create and view “Yaks” within a 5 mile radius.
  11. Periscope – the application allows you to experience a place right now through live video. It’s popular at live events.
  12. Reddit – resembles the traditional message board style we all know and love. It has a very strong and smart community, and Reddit AMAs are one of the best ways to take advantage of this platform.

 

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