Social Media

The last few years we’ve been trying to use various forms of social media to connect with young people around the country and also to lte people around the world know what we’re up to. Obviously this blog is part of that and if you’re reading this you’ll know a little bit about social media already but I just wanted to let you know all the different ways you can follow cosy goings onand also how you can get involved yourself.

You can find links to some of our other online pages on the right hand side of this blog or else click the following links to get through to twitter, flickr, the NYA2010 facebook event and the general facebook groups for youth assembly and for cosy. There are also quite a few people involved in cosy and youth assembly who use social media and if you follow these links you can find those we know of who tweet and flick (or whatever the verb is for using flickr). I will try and do a list of people who blog at some point too. If you want us to add you on any of these then send us a message or put the links in a comment to this post.

For those of you who don’t currently use social media we would strongly encourage you to get involved. It’s a great way for keeping in touch with people who you can’t see regularly, a good space to reflect on issues and also great fun. However, we are aware that there are issues about how you interact with people online and make sure that you always treat people with the respect you would in person and be aware of others right to privacy. If you want to start blogging then the easiest sites are blogger (run by google) or wordpress. Signing up is very simple. Choose an address, fill in various details and then you can start straight away and there are lots of design options to play about with. Flickr is one of the most popular photo sharing sites. Again just sign up and you can upload photos and connect with other people to see theirs. Finally twitter is a bit like facebook status updates You post comments of less than 140 characters (the size of one sms message) and follow other people and see their updates. You can also send messages to each other. Again it’s quite simple to start using but I would recommend you follow a few people straight away, check their posts and update your own for a little while to find out if you like it or not. Some people aren’t keen but you need to use it before you can find out for yourself. Unfortunately there is not internet access at Stirling Uni (or wasn’t last year anyway) so if you tweet it would be worth setting up your phone so you can tweet by text.

Finally, whenever you blog, tweet or flick it helps to find things if you include what is known as a hashtag. Essentially this is a hash followed by a word and these become associated with events or topics so that if you search for that you should be able to find everything anyone has posted about that topic really quickly. For youth assembly this year it is #nya2010 so include this in tweets or in the “tags” for blogs, or in the description box on flickr. All of these sites then have search functions you can use or else you can just google #nya2010 and see results for everything.

Hope that was of help to some people and not too complicated. Any questions about any of this just leave a comment below.

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~ by iainmclarty on August 28, 2010.

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