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    How to build communities and make a difference!
  • 2. Part One: The Basics
    What, where, why, and how!
  • 3. What is social media?
    Social media refers to tools of interactive communication empowered by Web 2.0 technology.
    Social media allows users to gain and exchange information on websites, build online communities, and spread messages!
    The social media landscape contains many platforms that allow for different types of communication.
  • 4.
  • 5. Social Media Platforms
    Social Networking. (Facebook,TakingItGlobal) Interact by adding friends, commenting on profiles, joining groups and having discussions.
    Social News. (Digg, Reddit, TakingITGlobal) Interact by sharing and commenting on articles.
    Social Image and Video Sharing. (YouTube, Flickr, TakingITGlobal) Interact by sharing images or videos and commenting on user submissions.
    Wikis. (Wikipedia,Wikia, TakingITGlobal) Interact by adding articles and editing existing articles.
  • 6. TakingITGlobal and Social Media
    The TakingITGlobal (TIG) website can be seen as a large social networking platform, similar to Facebook. As we know, it is a space where people can build friendships through common interests and to forge online community.
    TIG also contains many other social media platforms within itself, similar to those described in the last slide. These different tools allow for different functions.
  • 7. TIG Social Media Platforms
    Social News TIG Newsletters, Toolkits, Panorama Zine, TIG Magazine, Podcasts
  • 8. TIG Social Media Platforms, cont’d
    Social Image & Video Sharing Global Gallery
    Wikis TIG Blogs, Global Issues wikis, Petitions
  • 9. Part Two: Strategies
    Putting tools to action!
  • 10. Choosing your platform
    Which platform will best communicate your message? This depends a lot on what you are trying to say, but it also depends on your preference. Think about how you communicate best. Through writing? Through art? What will be most effective for getting your message across?
  • 11. Three Important Tips
    Sheldon Levine, Community Manager at social media strategy firm Sysomos Inc., says that using social media for social change comes down to these three key tips:
    Create content that stirs emotion;
    Always have a call to action;
    Create a sense of community.
  • 12. Stirring Emotion
    • Honest in your communication
    • 13. Personal in explaining why the issue is important to you
    • 14. Clear in your message
  • Call to Action
    Encourage interaction and feedback through petitions, questions, surveys, and comment boards. Often, this can be as simple as asking the question: “What do you think about this issue?”
  • 15. Sense of Community
    Ways to create community:
    • Exchangeinformation
    • 16. Get to know your audience
    • 17. Most importantly: show others you’re listening to what they have to say! 
  • The End!
    Feel free to ask any questions or email me at kelli@takingitglobal for more info!