Social Media Etiquette [Infographic]

The infographic below (Credit: TollFreeForwarding) provides tips for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest. Whilst aimed at business there are some useful pointers for everyone to take away. In short good manners are equally important online in these social spaces as they are face to face. Attributing others work should be a given. Thanking people when sharing something interesting that they have shared can be simply done using h/t (hat tip).

Note: This was produced in 2014 so daily user stats are now out of date. However the tips still stand.

social media etiquette guide

Credit: TollFreeForwarding

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115 facts about social media [infographic]

Thanks to Josh Wardini, Community Manager at who contacted me to share this rich infographic.  The research highlights the continuing annual growth of internet users, unique mobile users, social media users and mobile social media users. Social media is used not only to network but as a source for news and increasingly a space to shop. The most popular platform is still Facebook, followed by Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and then Pinterest.

The infographic provides some useful stats on global penetration, daily logins, use by gender, as well marketing and recruitment related information. It includes a caveat that these stats are accurate as of the date they were included in the infographic, December 2016. One thing for sure is that the growth of social media shows no signs of slowing down. Whilst users may move from one site to another this form of social networking and sharing has indeed permeated the daily lives of many.


115 facts infographic


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Student feedback on #SocMedHE16 Social Media for Learning in Higher Education Conference

This post is re-blogged from a post I submitted to ACES News – This is a news packed blog led by Yve Appleton containing stories about students and staff in the Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering, and Sciences (ACES) at Sheffield Hallam University.

SocMedHEStrat workshop

The day also coincided with Christmas Jumper Day, hence the perhaps odd outfits some are wearing in the photos!

On the 16th December 2016 the 2nd Social Media for Learning in Higher Education Conference was held at Sheffield Hallam University. The event attracted educators from across the UK and abroad. This year’s theme was ‘The Empowered Learner’. Ten places were allocated to Sheffield Hallam students. Four of the successful applicants were from the Department of Computing – Information Technology with Business Studies students. Each had personal and academic interests in social media having either taken or currently studying Digital Marketing. One student, currently in his final year, is researching how social media is being used for recruitment and communication within higher education for his dissertation.

The students took an active part in the workshops and attended a variety of short papers. They also contributed to the Twitter conversations making good use of the conference hashtag #SocMedHE16.   Below you can read about what they gained from attending their first academic conference.

Ola Mazur (2nd year)- Information Technology with Business Studies

For me the best part was getting to know other people that are as passionate about digital marketing as I am, and listening to their own experiences and how they use social media – this gave me a lot of new ideas to explore.

I learnt that the digital world is ever growing and I need to use it more to my advantage in our studies, such as having a twitter page for each of our modules and using twitter polls to enhance our learning experience.

“There were so many good ideas!”

Writing our ideas into a report based on the four pillars of making social media work in HE, inspired me to think of ideas which we could use ourselves, or that we already use. I will be looking back on the document and telling my peers about it to inform them of the new ways in which we could learn

I think social media can definitely empower learners due to having 24/7 access while on the go we can constantly keep learning, meeting new people online who have the same interests can also open new ways of getting information. In the future I think we should make a bigger use of social media for learning because all students interact online.

Corran Wood (2nd year) – Information Technology with Business Studies

For me, one highlight from the conference was the thunderstorm workshop/talk. The style of short 5-10 minute presentations from multiple people with the ability to ask questions at the end made it very interesting and was really effective in engaging my interests. It was fascinating to hear all of the different experiences that people have been through in regards to social media in higher education and all the different methods that have been applied. This has led to the discovery of techniques that can be used in social media. For example, the idea of using Twitter polls is a great idea because students have the ability to participate without needing a ‘professional’ Twitter. In combination with the use of Storify to allow students to view the results after the activity, this could be used as a powerful revision tool.

 “I had a brilliant day!”

Meeting a wide range of people from lecturers to managers of companies, I gained a huge insight on how people can use social media to network professionally and further their knowledge. This has definitely inspired me to use social media for my education, especially on the day as Tweeting was encouraged and helped me to start realising the impacts of social media to connect and learn. From this, I believe that social media can empower learners, as a student I have first hand experience of this. When used in the correct context and by teaching students how to use social media in learning, a student can open a world of knowledge and experiences. To achieve this, I do believe that a student needs to have the drive to empower their learning, as without the motivation and curiosity, the tools to become empowered will not be utilised to the full extent needed.

Jess Paddon (2nd year) – Information Technology with Business Studies

The best part of the conference, was meeting people from different educational institutions, and learning about their teaching in social media, and how social media has impacted them and the way they learn and teach. Another part of the conference which I enjoyed was working with people from different educational backgrounds in order to create and implement ideas related to social media.

I learned about how social media is used to enhance student learning experiences and different functions of social media platforms that help to implement this into modern day learning, such as Twitter polls and Facebook events. It has definitely inspired me to use different platforms to their full capacity, in order to collate a variety of opinions from different people, and to be able to use these for further analysis and to create reports and presentations.

“It has definitely inspired me to use different platforms to their full capacity”

I definitely feel that social media can empower learners, as they can constantly keep up to date with advancements in their chosen fields, and are able to express their thoughts and opinions freely amongst these networks. They are also able to connect with and share ideas with people who share the same interests as them, and make a positive contribution within different industries.

Sher Khan (Final Year)  – Information Technology with Business Studies

The best part of the conference for me was the six thunderstorms all of which were short, powerful and introduced how social media was used in a variety of different aspects of learning. Out of the six thunderstorms I particularly liked the “Full connection with the iGeneration’: WhatsApp and the student-teacher relationship”. It was a really interesting approach into how WhatsApp was used by lecturers not only in the actual lectures themselves but to support students throughout their learning.

“The social media for higher education learning event in 2016 was overall engaging, interesting and activity based”

Throughout the day I learnt many different aspects related to learning in higher education through the use of social media.  I learnt about how YouTube was used to aid students learning, how twitter was used as a question and answer function through introducing hashtags and promoting students to post on the hashtags. I also learnt about the LTHE chat and how this was growing amongst the higher education community. Also I learnt about how students in the University of Southampton were co-creating content amongst themselves on social media to aid their learning and collaboration. Finally I also learnt about one or two new social media productivity tools such as “Slack” and “Padlet” which I am actually now thinking about incorporating into future project work.

The experience has certainly inspired me to use social media for learning and also which social media tools I can adopt in addition to those tools that I am currently using. As a result of this conference I feel that social media can be more widely used by certain lecturers to actually aid the learning process as some of the examples of the use of social media by the vast array of lecturers at the conference were really good. Therefore I feel that it can be more utilised by more lecturers and staff throughout the university.

“I certainly think that social media can empower learners to better utilise the tool for their studies and to also learn more from some of the professionals within their industry”

Overall the event was well organised and fun to take part in. As well as actually learning about social media we also got to take part in some activities along-side professionals which was also a positive experience.

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Why should you attend #SocMedHE16? Read on….

SocMedHE16 banner

On December 16th the 2nd Social Media for Learning in Higher Education Conference will take place, bringing together educators from many disciplines to share how they are using social media in learning and teaching.

With social media, we have an array of simple and powerful tools that help us think creatively and critically about learner empowerment. It is time for us to better understand the potential of social media to change the learning experience of students and academics in higher education. Questions we need to address include

  • Are we empowering students by adopting and adapting social, open, mobile and networked learning and media?
  • How critically are we shaping the opportunity that is emerging?
  • How sure are we that the social, open and networked space, with all of the autonomy it suggests, is good for our students?

The HE sector needs to be able to address these questions, and others, before the place for social media in higher education learning is clear. The social media for learning landscape is vibrant and remains full of possibilities. Only together will we begin to reliably develop its potential.

The theme for the conference is ‘The Empowered Learner’ and there is a fascinating collection of short papers, workshops, thunderstorm presentations and posters in response to the call for submissions. Indicative sub themes included:

  • Autonomous development and ownership of learning experience
  • Making connections and becoming networked, communities of practice
  • Applying personal experience in a professional sphere
  • Becoming digitally capable in a social world
  • Being informed and in control of your digital identity
  • The student-teacher relationship
  • Authentic learning experiences
  • The evolution of curriculum design
  • Change agents, scaling up and moving beyond the cottage industry

Why should you attend?


  1. The event will provide a great opportunity to learn about how social media has empowered the learners of colleagues presenting.
  2. It provides you with a chance to network and share your experiences.
  3. It may even provide an opportunity for future collaborations.
  4. A guaranteed outcome will be that you can extend your professional network through meeting people and making new connections.
  5. During the pre-conference dinner and the conference day itself you will be able to discuss issues and share ideas about how these have been or could be addressed.
  6. You will be part of a growing community that is working together to better understand the potential of social media to change the learning experience of students and academics in higher education.

Key information

Key dates for your diary:

  • Early bird rate ends 21st November 2016
  • Pre-conference social event 15th December 2016 – 6pm onwards
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The Social Media Revolution 2017 by @equalman

Erik Qualman first produced the Socialnomics Social Media Revolution video showcasing the power of social media and mobile in 2009. Above is the 7th iteration and just released this month October 2016. Continue reading

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A Faster Mobile Web: Updates for Accelerated Mobile Pages

Useful post from WordPress on their latest update which gives you even more control over your site’s look and feel on Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) pages – a feature available to all.

AMP page WordPress blog

The Blog

Earlier this year we were proud to announce that users’s sites would automatically support Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) — a new open-source project spearheaded by Google to dramatically improve the performance of web pages on mobile devices.

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Say ‘No!’ to vertical video syndrome


VVS (Vertical Video Syndrome) is internet slang for the [perceived by some guilty] act of recording video using an upright mobile phone, as if you were taking a portrait photograph (rather than standard landscape video, as we are used to seeing displayed on a TV or monitor).

Vertical video is often referred to as skinny and tall as when the video plays it only uses the centre third of the screen and has black space either side (as in the image above).

Advice from the ground is quite simply that we must all learn to say no to vertical video as it is amateurish and to be avoided. Glove and Boots in the video above offer some sage advice… Continue reading

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Why ‘googling’ yourself should be part of your digital health check

Google search

When was the last time you googled yourself? Some may ask why on earth would I want to do that? Well it is an effective way of finding out what others can learn about you from the Internet. What information is actually public? Continue reading

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Sharing is caring (inspired by @veletsianos)


This post is inspired by George Veletsianos, who has created a video summary titled ‘Scholarship on Social Media and the Academic Self’ based on his paper ‘Open Practices and Identity: Evidence from Researchers and Educators’ Social Media Participation’.

George raises the question:

“Is sharing a value of contemporary academic culture overall or is sharing a value of a specific academic sub culture?
For example is sharing a value of the open education sub culture and are we seeing sharing as a value because open education researchers are active users of social media?”

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Organising tweets into Lists and Collections using Tweetdeck


TweetDeck is a dashboard that allows users to personalise their Twitter experience by viewing tweets in multiple columns. You can organise tweets in Lists or Collections, or add a column for a specific hashtag you wish to follow.

  • A List is an editable group of Twitter users. Each list is given a name and an optional description. Lists may be private or public (and viewable to all).
    For example:
    You might choose to create a group based on shared interests, a specific topic, co-workers, your family, news sites, sport on other hobbies. The choice is yours!
  • A Collection is an editable group of Tweets hand-selected by a Twitter user. Each Collection is given a name and an optional description. Collections are public and viewable by all. Each Collection has its own URL allowing it to be easily shared. Collections also have an embed code so that they can be added to blogs or websites as a list of tweets or as a grid.
    For example:
    This example is a collection of tweets relating to a forthcoming conference. You may choose to create a Collection based on an interest, a specific conversation or event, or any other topic you choose.   New tweets can be added to the collection or deleted.

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