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Introduction to Social Media: Home

These pages are intended to support academic staff interested in the use of social media to develop a professional online research presence and consider the issues inherent in working in such an open manner online.

Social media explained

Popular social media sites

 Communication: Blogging: Blogger, Livejournal, TypePad, WordPress
Microblogging: Twitter, Yammer
Location: Blendr, Foursquare
Social networking:, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn
Aggregators: Feedly, Netvibes, Pageflakes, iGoogle
 Collaboration: Conferencing: Adobe Connect, GoToMeeting, Skype
Wikis: PBworks, Wetpaint, Wikia
Social bookmarking: Delicious, Diigo, BibSonomy
Social bibliography: CiteULike, Mendeley, Zotero
Social news: Digg, Reddit, Newsvine, Zite
Social documents: Google Docs, Dropbox, Zoho
Project management: Basecamp, Huddle
 Multimedia:  Art and Design: DeviantART, Tumblr
Photographs: Flickr, Instagram, Picasa, Pinterest
Video: Viddler, Vimeo, YouTube
Livestreaming:, Livestream, UStream
Presentation sharing: Prezi, LucidChart, Scribd, Slideshare, Sliderocket
Virtual worlds: OpenSim, Second Life

An internet minute

What happens in an internet minute?

  • 639,800 GB of global IP data transferred
  • 6 new Wikipedia articles published
  • 204 million emails sent
  • 100+ new LinkedIn accounts
  • 320+ new Twitter accounts
  • 100,000 new Tweets
  • 6 million Facebook views
  • 2+ million Google search queries