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Graphical-Based Information (Infographics)

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  • How Employers Really Feel About Social Media - provides some insight into the trends and attitudes towards social media in the business world. (Full Article) (Infographic Only)

  • Why Your Employer Shouldn't Ban Facebook - provides some insight into the trends and attitudes towards social media from a worker based survey. (Full Article) (Infographic Only)

  • That's Old News! How Social Media is Replacing Traditional Journalism as a News Source - provides some insight into how social media is changing the traditional news sources with pros and cons. (Full Article) (Infographic Only)

  • Sharing & Communication Through the Ages - historic reference to human communication across the ages with each major advance currently sitting with the latest four being related to social media. (Infographic Only)

  • The Millennial Teenager - a general look at a generation born with cell phones and the Internet as a part of life and how the generations compare including in social media avenues. (Full Article) (Infographic Only)

  • Social Media Leaders 2012 - provides a breakdown of the top social sites with some basic data and usage. (Full Article) (Infographic Only)

  • 7 Reasons to Embrace Online Culture - provided from a business perspective it highlights the importance of social media and its influence in the world (Infographic Only)

  • Ivy League Facebook-off - provides details on how the ivy league schools rank with respect to Facebook details compared with approval ratings and costs. (Infographic Only)

  • 16 Ways Educators Use Pinterest - provides example uses brought into the classroom using this social media bulletin board. (Infographic Only)

  • INSTAGRAM Nation - provides a look into a newcomer to social media, recently bought out by Facebook, with its social extension of taking pictures with your smartphone. (Full Article) (Infographic Only)

  • A Look at the Modern College Student - has an interesting look at the merger of students and technology in current use and a look into education in the future. (Full Article) (Infographic Only)

  • Think Global. Act Global. - provides a look at how major brands are using Facebook to capture the global market. (Full Article) (Infographic Only)

  • Your Momma's So Connected... Moms and Social Media - provides a look into comparing social media usage between kids and their mothers. (Infographic Only)

  • Pros and Cons of Social Media in Education - provides insight into the use of many social media sites with details including successes and challenges faced. (Infographic Only)

  • Power Users Shall Inherit the Internet - provides a look into what classifies someone as a power user of Facebook. (Infographic)

  • 20 Reasons to Switch to Google+ - provides a look into the features available within the social network closely resembling Facebook (Full Article) (Infographic Only)

  • The Digital Campaign Landscape - provides a look at social media use and influence prior to many recent republican members dropping from the race. (Full Article) (Infographic)

  • Obama vs Romney ... Who Wins on Twitter? - provides a look into the use, focus, and potential strength of one social media site. (Full Article) (Infographic Only)

Social Media Policy

Classroom Integration

Best Practices

7 Things You Should Know About... (these are from a series created by Educause on technology topics and their relationship and impact to education on the given topic)

  • Facebook - social networking site approaching 1 billion members initially started as a site to connect with other higher education students before going into the mainstream.

  • Twitter - micro-blogging site allowing you to express your feelings, what is happening, or any other information within 140 characters.

  • LinkedIn - social networking site with a professional focus promoting careers, collaboration, and research with its integrated tools.

  • Google+ - new arrival to the social networking scene with high levels of integration with other Google services and a superior video chat feature for groups of people.

  • Diigo - a leader in not only social bookmarking but with additional features supporting groups, discussions, annotation and research.

  • Delicious - previous frontrunner in social bookmarking.

  • Tumblr - is a platform allowing you to post and share anything from photos, links, music, video and more.

  • Badoo - chat, share interests and more with ease including location searches to your local area.

  • Reddit - is a user generated news site with a social rating system either raising or lowering the ordering of news items posted.

  • Academia - social networking site based around sharing your papers with other researchers and connecting with others in your field.

  • Athlinks - social networking site for people into running.

  • Blogster - a community of bloggers publishing content on specific topics.

  • Busuu - is a social network designed to help each other improve your language skills.

  • Epernicus - is a social networking site created by scientists for researchers with the goal to find the right people with the right expertise at the right time.

  • Flixster - social networking site based around movies.

  • Flickr - social networking site for people sharing photographs and images.

  • Foursquare - a mobile device based social networking site using GPS to check in at places and share locations with a reward system.

  • Lifeknot - is a social network based on shared interests.

  • Pinterest - recent social networking site giving users the ability to create and manage collections of 'things' such as events, interests, hobbies and more sharing anything of interest with the world.

  • Instagram - is a photo sharing site designed for mobile users with connections to easily share into other social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

  • Yelp, Inc. - is a social networking site providing user reviews for local searches and recommendations.

  • YouTube - is a social networking site for sharing videos.

  • Go 2 Web 2.0 - is a site providing a categorized index of Web 2.0 technologies available including popular social media sites

  • 10 Niche Social Networks from Mashable.com (Article) - presents 10 different social networks with focused specialization of its members:
    • Care2 is a community with members passionate about various causes from animal welfare to peace and more.
    • Dogster and Catster is a community of pet lovers.
    • My Last Wish is currently an iOS app (Android soon if community takes off) for people based around the bucket list idea.
    • Wiser is a community self described as a global village for people who believe in a more just and sustainable world.
    • Untappd is a mobile social network based on drinking and sharing favorite brews.
    • ComicSpace is a community for comic creators and readers.
    • CafeMom is a complete community and resource center for mothers covering parenthood and childcare.
    • Book-in-a-Week is for writers seeking resources or to set goals and more within a social community.
    • FastLoop is a community for athletes of any type.

Below are several videos touching on social media. You see the presenter, presentation title, and a description of the presentation. You can click the the title line containing the presenter and presentation title to have the video play in a new window. All of these presentations were part of the TED Talk series of Ideas Worth Spreading.

Clay Shirky: How Social Media Can Make History

Social media offers a unique way for the masses to have a voice. In countries where the news media is often controlled by the government, real news doesn’t always make it out, and a "top-down" control of news means that citizens in repressive regimes may not be able to share their stories. In this talk, Clay Shirky discusses how citizens can use Facebook, Twitter, and texts to bypass censors and report on real news.

Stefana Broadbent: How the Internet Enables Intamacy

The Internet gets a bad rap for making people closed off, and sometimes, it’s true. Take any teenager that spends hours locked up in their room, eyes barely moving off the computer screen. Or the young social media mavens who can’t put their smart phones down long enough to have a real-life conversation with the people they’re dining with. Certainly, online communication offers a way to shut out the real world if you’d like to, but Stefana Broadbent believes it’s doing the exact opposite. In Broadbent’s research, she shows that communication tech actually offers a way to improve upon intimacy. Watch her talk to see how through online interactions, we can cultivate deeper relationships, as well as bring love across distance and workplace barriers.

Howard Rheingold: The New Power of Collaboration

The beauty of social media is that it’s not created by any one person. A Twitter timeline or Facebook news feed would be pretty uninteresting if it was just one friend or company that you could tune into. Rather, social media is made up of many different people, collaborators working alongside each other, and sometimes together. Howard Rheingold explores this idea of collaboration online, as well as its future in participatory media and collective action. Specifically, Rheingold takes a look at how Wikipedia really reflects our natural human instincts to work as a group.

Paul Lewis: Crowdsourcing the News

With social media, the next big news story might just be broken by you. Just about every cell phone can record video, take photos, and upload it all to the Internet, turning every Twitter stream into a potential 24 hour news channel. Reporter Paul Lewis shares this talk that explains the future of investigative journalism through crowdsourcing.

Eli Pariser: Beware Online "Filter Bubbles"

When you get the news from carefully selected news sources of your choosing, whether they are Twitter feeds, Facebook pages, or blogs, you are creating a filter for yourself whether you realize it or not. By following news outlets that typically only report the news you want to hear, you’re essentially avoiding all other news, and you just might be missing out on important information. Eli Pariser discusses this phenomenon, which he calls a "filter bubble" that may keep people from getting exposed to information that could challenge or broaden their worldview. Watch this talk to find out why this is very bad for democracy and our future.

Rebecca MacKinnon: Let's Take Back the Internet

Social media is so prominent, it sure seems like people rule the Internet. But the hard truth is that there’s a growing struggle of freedom and control online, and your rights to free speech and connection may be challenged. In this talk, Rebecca MacKinnon discusses this struggle, and discusses how we can design the Internet to have accountability and freedom rather than control for a better online future.


Educational Institution Usage Examples

In Illinois:

  • Northern Illinois University - integrated social media exposure using numerous available online tools into their site spanning videos, images, networking, blogging and more.
  • DePaul University - outside of the school's domain but created keeping the design style of the school's site with several social media tools showcased.


  • Emerson College - integrated social media exposure using numerous available online tools into their site spanning videos, images, networking, blogging and more.
  • Youngstown State University - integrated social media exposure using galleries for videos, images, and blogging.
  • Vanderbilt University - integrated social media exposure using a feed to support listings from image, video, networking, and blogging sites.
  • William & Mary - artfully integrated social media exposure using several sites including images, video, blogging, and networking.
  • Tufts University - integrated social media exposure using numerous available online tools into their site spanning videos, images, networking, blogging and more.
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County - integrated social media exposure using numerous available online tools into their site spanning videos, images, networking, blogging and more.
  • Marquette University - hosted through Tumblr.com they share a feed of social media exposure using some available online tools spanning videos, images, and blogging.


  • Langara College - integrated social media exposure using several available online tools into their site.