Social Media – How do we find out?

The latest Leeds Social Media Surgery was interesting to say the least. For some reason, I was the only “Surgeon” present, and we had 7 patients, considerably fewer than the average turnout, but a bit difficult for one person to deal with. The only way of handling the session was to turn it into a group discussion, and, apart from a brief demonstration of live video streaming via Bambuser on my iPad, no technology was touched during the whole of the Surgery.

A really interesting question was raised during the discussion. One of the participants asked “how do you find out about all these tools?”. It was a very wide ranging chat, and we did cover a lot of tools, from Facebook through to various live streaming apps. My answer was that you start by finding the social media tool that best suits your purpose, and that use of that tool is likely to lead you to others. From my perspective, I found out about most  of the tools I currently use via the recommendations of others on Twitter.

How did you find out about the social media tools that you use? And, from the perspective of a voluntary sector worker, new to the sector and new to social media, what are the best shortcuts to becoming proficient in a range of platforms?


3 thoughts on “Social Media – How do we find out?

  1. It’s all there on the interweb, but so is 100 million sites or so! Interesting question, how do they find the tools that are fit for purpose, Social media is almost like the blind leading the blind, some of us have been here for a while and know why we use it and gain great results from using it (hopefully) but how do we know what works for us will work for others? I have seen there is now a Btec in Social Media, I look forward to seeing them keep up with the constant changes, but it is a start for the uninitiated.

  2. This is something @kate_is_busy and I have mentioned on Twitter recently and came up at the #sustain2012 conference. We ‘early adopt’ on Pinterest and Path or Google+, and stick qith or move on, but most small vol orgs can’t or are too scared to take this approach. But give them examples and they might try it too. A ‘tried and tested’ page on a website they are comfortable using might do it?

  3. In answer to the question about how to find out about tools, I think it’s through listening, looking and talking. And that takes place both online, once you’re there, and Importantly face-to-face if you start opening those sorts of discussions. I’m sure sometimes I just spot something, look it up on google and perhaps start having a play if it seems potentially useful. So my answer would be that you find out by using your eyes, your ears and by asking questions :o)

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