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?