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1 Introduction to Social Media For Cambridge City Council Antony Carpen

2 2 What these slides cover Aims: By the end of this session I hope that you will… 1)Have a basic understanding about what social media is all about 1)Have enough confidence to explore the world of social media for yourself, to see if you can make it work for you 1)Be able to apply some of the core concepts of information security so that you protect yourselves and those close to you when you use social media.

3 3 Who am I /why would you want to listen to me? Who I am: -Former civil servant -Recently completed basic teacher training in the lifelong learning sector at Cambridge Regional College -Dragon-fairy guardian Why is Social Media important? -Data & on people using it & how people are using itData & on people using it & how people are using it -Holding those in power to account -Spread of knowledge and information About you -Name and current role -What experience of social media do you have already? -What do you want to get out of today?

4 4 What is social media? “The “social” in social media implies a conversation. The difference between social media and the TV is that with the latter, viewers seldom engage with the programme-makers of the show that they are watching. Only in very recent times have programme makers expanded into the world of social media. Think X-Factor. This session is going to focus on Twitter and Facebook

5 5 How can you use social media? Responsibly ‘I trust my officers with the powers of arrest and the ability to deprive you of your liberty. Therefore I am going to trust them to use social media’ A senior police officer on Twitter. -That is not to say they are given access to social media without any training. Social media carries risks. So does life. What matters is how we manage those risks. -Part of that training involves you seeking out further knowledge – enough for you to ensure that you are comfortable using social media.

6 6 Before you start – Information Security Social media is value neutral; people are not. Bad people use social media as well as good people. You need to protect yourself from the latter. Please ensure that both you and any young people that you know read through guidance from the Information Commissioner at

7 7 Facebook basics “Facebook is a social utility that helps people communicate more efficiently with their friends, family and coworkers” “Anyone can sign up for Facebook and interact with the people they know in a trusted environment.” (

8 8 1.Profiles (visible to friends) 2.Status (“what’s on your mind”) 3.News feed (what’s new in your networks) 4.Wall (friends post messages for you to see) 5.Photos (display and tag pictures and albums) 6.Groups (NEW: collaborative space) 7.Networks (college or workplace) 8.Messages (mail system) 9.Notes (akin to blogs) 10.Chat (instant messaging) 11.Applications (incl. games) 12.Pages (‘Like’ an organisation) 13.“Like” (signal approval) 14.Events(watch %) 15.Ads(highly targeted) (List credit: Jon Worth – What can you do on Facebook?

9 9 How do I use Facebook? -To stay in touch with family that live far away -To organise and publicise events. -To comment on posts other people have put up on their walls -To send messages in a manner that I used to use email regularly -To have private 1-2-1 online chats with -To link with my other social media accounts – such as my blog and my Twitter account How you use it is up to you

10 10 Pitfalls and limitations It can be addictive – whether it’s looking up what other people are doing to chatting and messaging, it can take over your life if you are not careful Things that you thought were private may end up being public. It is essential that you familiarise yourself with how the security settings work and set them accordingly. You’d do the same with a new car or a new house. Treat your Facebook account as your ‘electronic front door.’ You might end up seeing things on Facebook that you rather wish you didn’t – whether it’s a comment from someone, a picture, a link etc. Therefore, think carefully about which people you follow & which networks and groups you choose to join. If you wouldn’t put it on a postcard, or wouldn’t like it on the front pages of the local press, don’t post up.

11 11 Demonstration We are now going to look at the following: -Security settings -Your wall -Friends – adding, limiting, blocking -Groups and networks – joining and leaving -Photographs – adding and deleting -Events – creating

12 12 Twitter basics See “Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest information about what you find interesting. Simply find the public streams you find most compelling and follow the conversations. At the heart of Twitter are small bursts of information called Tweets. Each Tweet is 140 characters in length, but don’t let the small size fool you.”

13 13 What can you get into 140 characters? Lots -Announcements -Links to news, information, articles and columns -Photographs -Comments -Feedback

14 14 Downing Street’s Twitter page

15 15 How do I use Twitter? Excessively -I know I need to tweet less regularly. (1,000 tweets and re-tweets is not particularly healthy!) -I tweet through an ‘avatar’ – in the name of Puffles the Dragon Fairy. -I tweet using both laptop and smartphone -I use Twitter both as a medium for online chat and as a medium to share information and state opinions. WARNING – this is where people get unstuck – more to follow -I have published “House Rules” that I use to manage people’s expectations. -I have met up with people I first stumbled across through Twitter, and I have sold cuddly toys online to people I’ve not met.

16 16 Pitfalls and limitations Social media is a new phenomenon. Therefore lots of people will inevitably be either unfamiliar and/or uncomfortable with it. You won’t become an expert using Twitter overnight. It takes a little bit of time to get used to it. Be patient. Twitter exchanges can have the feel of a private 1-2-1 chat in the pub. But the whole world is potentially watching. -Diane AbbottDiane Abbott -Chris HuhneChris Huhne Don’t drink and tweet. You know why. SPAM – it’s evil and I hate it but we have to deal with it.

17 17 Demonstrations -My blogpost at use-twitter/ use-twitter/ -Copying and pasting webpage addresses into tweets (i.e. getting used to a ‘headline, link, v short sentence’ habit) -Re-tweeting -Taking photographs and tweeting the results -Finding people with expertise/interests in areas outside of politics – including hashtags

18 18 And finally -Using Twitter and Facebook on your smartphone -Self-discipline on how and when you use Twitter and Facebook. (e.g. on your commute only?) -A recap on information security and the Information Commissioner’s guidance for young people at -The BBC has guidance at -You can find electronic copies of these slides, along with a commentary of this session at: cambridge-city-council-social-media-training/

19 Picture and text credits Link in slide 3 - the-uk-the-findings/ on UK social media data the-uk-the-findings/ Icons on slide 4 Facebook icon slide 7 List on slide 8 from Jon Worth at Slides 12 & 13 Twitter icon - Slide 14 – screenshot of 10 Downing Street account – Jon Worth 19

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