Social Media Basics – 6 Steps to Basic Literacy
If you’d really like to get a handle on the basics of Social Media and it’s related term Web 2.0, these 6 quick steps will get you grounded.
Step 1: Visit Wikipedia
Go to Wikipedia and read the Wikipedia Definition of Social Media and Wikipedia definition of Web 2.0:
- Wikipedia says: Web 2.0 is a term describing changing trends in the use of World Wide Web technology and web design that aims to enhance creativity, secure information sharing, collaboration and functionality of the we. Read the whole entry at Wikipedia.
- Wikipedia says: Social media are primarily Internet-based tools for sharing and discussing information among human beings. The term most often refers to activities that integrate technology, social interaction, and the construction of words, pictures, videos and audio. This interaction, and the manner in which information is presented, depends on the varied perspectives and “building” of shared meaning among communities, as people share their stories and experiences. Read the whole entry at Wikipedia.
Step 2: Watch This Video
This excellent and now-classic video “Social Media in Plain English” by Common Craft is a must-watch!
Step 3: Visit About.com
Step 4: Watch This Video
This video “Web 2.0″ was developed using the Web 2.0 write up in Wikipedia this video is to help teach educators about Web 2.0 tools:
Step 5: Watch This Video
This video “The Machine is Us/ing Us” is described as Web 2.0 in just under five minutes and was created by Dr. Michael Wesch, an Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Digital Ethnography at Kansas State University. It is really worth watching.
Step 6: Read Tim O’Reilly’s Classic Article on Web 2.0
The term Web 2.0 was coined by Tim O’Reilly of the O’Reilly Media Group. Read his article: “What is Web 2.0?“