Starter points for social media

This page offers some overview/ 'starter points' for those completely new to social media use.

  • Facebook – by far the most widely used social networking website in the UK, where users can create and customize profiles (for individuals) and pages (organisations) with photos, videos, and information about themselves or an activity. A news feed is where you will see news from other people, and where they will see news about you/ your activities.
  • To make a post, click the field at the top of your Newsfeed. You can start typing what you want to share. When you are ready to post, click the blue Post button. An events page would allow you to invite a range of people and allow you to track the number of attendees you are likely to get.
  • Twitter – a service that allows you to ‘tweet’ (publish) messages of up to 280 characters. It is a good place to discover or share the latest news relating to your Inter Faith Week activities. Useful to use as short, attention-grabbing headlines attracting a range of audiences, but not so good for in-depth or nuanced reflections. You should learn Twitter terminology. When you post something, it’s a ‘tweet’, which can include @Mentions to other users, ‘hashtags’, external links, or simply regular text. When you re-post something from another user, it’s a retweet or RT. You can ‘Like’ a tweet by clicking on the heart. That is a great way to recognize someone for sharing your content.
  • Instagram – an online and quick way to upload and share your activities through a series of photos or videos. You can logon by creating a free account or use an existing Facebook account or by email. Clicking the “Share” tab will allow you to snap photos or select photos from your device’s photo albums. This is the large camera-shaped tab in the centre at the bottom of the screen.
  • Social media services are designed to be intuitive to use. Creating accounts usually involves simple steps with explanations of what to do.
  • Additional Help & Support guides to create social media accounts can be found below. They provide simple step-by-step guides allowing you a hassle-free use of the platform:
  • Sometimes, you might find you get negative comments on social media. While it is appropriate to learn from legitimate criticism, if you believe a comment requires a response it is nearly always better to encourage a user to contact you formally through email than to respond via social media.
  • The short and immediate nature of social media does occasionally mean that people post inflammatory material which may not reflect their considered opinions. It is best to ignore this.

Published 18 October 2016

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