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Social Media

Social media is a type of online media used to facilitate social interaction in online spaces or sites. Social media tools are two-way media that allow users to create, share, and/or exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks.

There is a wide variety of social media, ranging from social sharing sites such as YouTube and Flickr through social networks such as LinkedIn and Facebook. Educators also now use blogs, wikis, and podcasting to encourage student collaboration and participation providing a new formation of knowledge sharing.

  Social Media Tool

 Concepts/Learning & Teaching Use

  Tips/Best Practice


  • Interactive
  • Instant
  • Short
  • Informative

 A micro-blogging site allowing messages of up to 140 characters to be sent to your ‘followers’

  • Use hashtags # to search topics
  • Follow experts in your field
  • Watch your language
  • Keep caps lock off
  • Review before you re-tweet
  • If you have an issue with an individual/company, rather than attack, reach out for resolution


  • Network community
  • Not always instant 
  • More content provision
  • More ‘sharing’
  • More opinions

  • Join expert groups              
  • Most used social networking service – as of May, 2013 there were 1.11 billion users
  • Send your friend request only once - be respectful if not accepted
  • Choose photos that represent you well
  • Tag photos judiciously
  • Keep private subject matter off the public wall
  • Privacy is KING. Watch your settings, and remind your network/friends to do the same (duty of care)
  • Become a listener. Facebook gives institutions the opportunity to solidify reputation as users judge the institution not only on what ‘friends’ are saying, but how the institution reacts.


  •  Online journals that allow comments from readers e.g. WordPress
  • Can be professional or personal 
  • Be a part of the community
  • Leave thoughtful comments 
  • Welcome differing opinions
  • Help promote tolerance
  • Don’t have music/videos that start automatically


  • Join expert groups in your discipline
  • Connect only with people you know
  • Use messages for connecting and communication not just promotion
  • Include how you are connected when sending invites
  • We all have busy outside lives – stick to business hours

Reproduced with permission from Griffith University November 4, 2013 

  • Say please and thank you.
  • If you want to share content ask politely.
  • If someone has shared yours be sure to thank them whenever possible.
  • Introduce yourself and introduce others.
  • Anytime you friend, follow or engage with people who may not know you, it is always a good idea to introduce yourself.
  • Express ideas and opinions in a respectful manner; don’t denigrate or insult others.
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