Using social media as a reliable research tool
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Using social media as a reliable research tool
Social media often gets a bad reputation for being filled with unreliable nonsense that helps further turn our brains into a nice big ball of mush. What most people don’t realize is that social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have journalistic and newsworthy credentials. Many conventional news outlets such as newspapers, magazines, radio programs, and even traditional websites have begun to integrate into the new world of news gathering. I, for one, am a journalism major focusing on sports reporting and use Twitter and Facebook on a daily basis to gather news about the sports world. People believe that most information on sites such as these is incredible and therefore should not be taken seriously. My brother is more obsessed with sports than I am, but he continues to hunt away on the internet, browsing the same old websites every day with little variation. Yes, he has found something that has worked for him, but the world of social media opens doors to corners of the internet that might not have been accessed otherwise. Just as in any other instance in which one needs to gather information, sourcing is everything. As long as you keep in touch with the proper sources, the information is extremely quick and quite reliable. Even if something is reported and is incorrect, it is fixed as quickly as it was originally posted. Though, some people still believe that social media is not a reliable source of real substantial information, especially from sites like Twitter. Yes, the news in Twitter most naturally be condensed into 160 characters, hardly enough to express more than one thought. What uninformed people don’t realize is that these sites are SHARING sites. I can get information from sources that I would never have found if not for someone I am following posts a link. Links are everything in the social media news world, whether it be a link to an article, a webpage, a photo set, a video, or someone else’s profile, it is simply about the sharing of information. The following is a composite of multiple sites explaining the importance, risks, and reality of the shift that the news gathering world is taking in the light of social media.
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Customers acquired via Twitter are worth 23 percent less, and Facebook brings in just barely average clients. But pay-per-click advertising brings in customers worth 46 percent more, and organic search brings in buyers who ...
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Dissecting Twitter Profiles that Convert | Business 2 Community

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There are many components that make for great business Twitter profiles.The name, handle, bio, location, link, profile and header images all contribute to either increasing the likelihood of being followed, and thus giving you a larger audience to engage with, or being overlooked.Here’s what it takes to have a great Twitter profile that will convert viewers to follows, and maybe even followers to customers...


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Valuable Twitter marketing tips and how to create and manage your profile that its results.

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Getting Started with Twitter in the Classroom

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Have you thought about using Twitter with your class? Twitter can be a place for students to share their learning, and even for teachers to communicate with parents.

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Teachers Don't Need Convincing, They Need Training to Use Ed Tech, Idaho Researchers Say

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States and school districts should stop trying to convince teachers to employ educational technology and start helping them overcome barriers to using it well, say a husband-and-wife research team.




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Takeaways for school leaders:


  1. Focus your efforts on overcoming the barriers perceived by teachers.
  2. Encourage innovative examples that do take root.
  3. Expect wide variations in familiarity with different technologies, and provide separate trainings for teachers on opposite ends of the spectrum.
  4. Focus on the devices and technologies that both teachers and students are already using.
  5. And treat ed tech with urgency.
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The Guardian Turn your Twitter and Facebook skills into a career The Guardian In March the University of Westminster launched a new MA in social media, alongside its new Centre for Social Media Research, announcing that it would be recruiting for...
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