This little digital creature called Hashtag has been revolutionizing the way people network, communicate and share on social media websites. It first started on Twitter around the year 2009 then Google Plus adopted it in 2012 before Facebook officially integrated it in June 2013. However, what is mysteriously unknown about this #poundsign is that its origin dates back to the 12th century when the #symbol first appeared in the musical realm. Since then, hashtags have been used in different contexts and for different purposes till they finally landed in the social media landscape some few years ago. The visual below provides a very good visual illustration of the chronological development of the sign #hashtag.
I was having a great conversation the other day with a good friend, and she was sharing how many boards aren’t really worried about “social media” because they are needing to actually focus on improving their culture first. I thought a lot about what she said, and to be honest, if you cannot have conversations with people in your own organization, Twitter is going to be the last thing in your mind. That being said, I have seen a lot of school organizations use social media to actually improve their culture significantly. It is not the only way, but if used in powerful ways, it definitely can have an overall impact on your school or district.
“ The social media landscape is changing. Or, in other words, it’s like the polar icecaps of Facebook are melting, and in the runoff we’re excavating cavernous content mills, stalagmites of rampant…”
Via Steven Krohn
Elizabeth Hutchinson's insight:
The landscape is changing. A great info graphic that shows you how.
Alongside universities, libraries and librarians are now using social media platforms to connect with users in a range of exciting and innovating ways. The latest platform that libraries are experimenting with is Instagram, which allows users to take photos on their smart phones, apply exciting filters and add hashtags, and then share these images online with their followers. Amy Mollett and Anthony McDonnell investigate how libraries are making the most of this visually-engaging platform.
We love visual content. In an ever-changing world of digital marketing, visual content can help provide a look into quick tips and tricks around engaging topics in one colorful and compact package.
With this in mind, what’s better than an infographic?
There are many varieties of infographics available that surround the topics of Digital Marketing and Social Media. To help sort through the volume, we’ve picked out five infographics your brand can use for developing and improving your content strategy....
Do you want to promote your blog post to more readers? Creating quality content is important but it's more important to make sure your content gets seen. The folks at Canva and RazorSocial have created an infographic loaded with tools and tips that will help you achieve 1,000 social shares for your every blog post.
Today as I was wading through my bookmarks I came across this resource which I have saved awhile ago. This is a chart featuring what its author called 21 things every 21st century teacher should do this year. This chart is created by Sean Junkins based on a blog post by Carl Hooker. I went through the ideas suggested here and thought of providing you with some good web tools to apply to some of these ideas. The tools I am sharing are based on posts I have published in this blog.
A lot of this is social media and I think its great. I love the idea of setting yourself a goal to try and achieve all of this next year. I wonder how many I will have persuaded teachers to use by the end of next year.
Let's face it: social media has pervaded our world, and it can't be ignored. Some people see social media as a trivial waste of time, but it can be an important communication tool if used effectively. In the healthcare world, nurses can use social media to connect with other nurses, to learn more about various patient illnesses and what it's like to live with those illnesses, to engage in meaningful healthcare conversations, and to discuss trends in healthcare.
An article published in the February 2014 issue of Johnson & Johnson'sNursing Notes lists several tips for nurses to follow as they share knowledge and engage in meaningful healthcare conversations via social media. The top four tips are as follows:
Keep it professional. Nurses should maintain a professional persona and tone when engaging in social media communication related to their nursing careers. This includes refraining from dispensing any specific or personal medical advice or nursing diagnoses. Consider everything to be public. It's important for nurses to keep in mind the public nature of all social media sites. Even when conversing on a private forum, nurses should assume that anything they post can be seen by anyone. Thus, just like in face-to-face conversations, nurses must abide by rules and policies related to patient confidentiality and privacy. Listen. As mentioned previously, social media sites allow nurses to engage in meaningful conversations related to healthcare issues and trends. However, nurses should be sure to fully observe and understand all discussions before adding to them. Nurses should not broadcast unwarranted medical thoughts and opinions just because they can. Speak up! When used effectively, social media can help nurses position themselves as meaningful leaders and advocates in the healthcare industry. The nursing voice is an important part of any healthcare conversation, and it can have a powerful impact when inserted appropriately.
For additional information on the use of social media as it relates to nursing, take a look at the American Nurses Association's Social Networking Principles Toolkit. To engage in conversations related to nursing education, visit The College Network'sFacebook and Twitter pages. Also, stay tuned for part two of this "Nurses and Technology" series to learn about the use of other new technology in the healthcare setting.
How and why should your classes blog? I’m going to start this post by pointing out that I am not an expert, but this is what I did to start my class blogging last year and it worked really well. The advantages of getting your class blogging are well documented, and apply across the age …
Elizabeth Hutchinson's insight:
Love that class blogging is made to sound so easy. Nicely explained!
Which means data never sleeps, and the internet sure likes to use up a lot of it. How much? In any given minute, 277,000 tweets are published on Twitter, 216,000 photos are sent to Instagram and 8,333 videos are shared on Vine.
And we’re just getting started. Over that same 60 second period, 347,222 photos are sent on WhatsApp, 416,667 swipes are made on Tinder and 3,472 images are pinned on Pinterest.
And if you think that’s impressive, Google receives 4 millions search queries, Facebook users share 2.46 million pieces of content and 204 million email messages are sent each and every minute of the day.
This visual from DOMO looks at how much data is generated every minute across the net....
Taking selfies at funerals. Tagging pictures of teens drinking alcohol at parties. Kids (and adults for that matter) post a lot of silly stuff online -- and although most of it is chatter, some of what might seem harmless leads to tragic consequences. But is it the job of schools to teach kids the dos and don'ts of social media?