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A presentation at the launch of INDI (Infrastructure Network for Disability Information) South East on 28th September 2010. How organisations in the network can use social media to help them do their job.

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  • Thank you for inviting me Louise Brown ICT Development Officer – supporting orgs NCVO – voice and support Talk about some of the opportunities for using social media as a network
  • Already stated that the aim of the network is to: Share information , resources , skills and knowledge Social media allows you to do all of those things What is social media? Static web to interactive web You had to go to a website to find out if there was anything new The next generation of the web is much more interactive and it connects people Allows users to generate their own content It puts people at the heart of content and connections
  • So how can social media help you to do your job? Receive up to the minute information Find people and resources Share information Connect
  • RSS one of the key components to social media It is a technology that pushes information out to you Gone are the days when you had to visit websites Picking your favourite or key websites means you are always up to date with the latest information Policies, funding, consultations, news Use either a tool on your computer or on the web When you don’t know the specific sites, key word alerts can help you to find new information It’s also a useful way to connect with other people talking about your issue Use the information you find to start a discussion or feed into policy
  • You will know if a website can push information out to you if it has this orange logo This is an example of page with RSS The Department of Health site has RSS in built to different sections
  • Twitter is probably something you’ve heard a lot about even if you don’t know what it does Press focuses on which celebrities are using it and what they are saying I find Twitter an excellent tool for finding out new information and connection with people There are over 100 million people using Twitter I started to use it to connect with people offering ICT support to voluntary orgs We shared links and ideas Then I started to connect with people that shared my interests and lived in my local area To me it’s a vital network and one that happens offline as well as online
  • On of the great things about social media is the ability to share. Tools like Twitter are a great way to share information A more useful way of saving the things you find online is social bookmarking Before the internet developed – if you found something online you wanted to keep you would add to favourites or save it as a file Social bookmarking is a new way of saving online You save your link, give it a description , add keywords that allow you to find it later and then share it with your network These are the links from someone at the Essex Coalition of Disabled People He has saved information relevant to him and given it keywords
  • Probably the most obvious thing you can do with social media is connect with others If you use Facebook you will be familiar with connecting with people and joining groups There are sites like Linkedin that offer more professional networking where you can connect with others working in the same field Online networks like these make it easy to connect with others
  • But what are the opportunities for engaging with people with disabilities? A recent report from the government’s Race Online 2012 project said that 48% of disabled people are offline So you need to think about if this is something you want to promote with the people you work with? Could it be your role to help reduce that number by offering equipment and training? There are people out there using social media to get their voices heard – Twitter, blogging, posting photos Treehouse – autism charity – has an online forum There are some accessibility issues with some of these sites but with the rise in mobile internet they will be easier to use
  • Thank you again for inviting me If you have any questions please email me or contact me through Twitter There are some really useful online resources on accessibility and the web from the BBC and AbilityNet
  • INDI presentation final

    1. 1. Making the most of the web and social media Louise Brown, ICT Development Officer, NCVO
    2. 2. <ul><li>The aim of the INDI is to facilitate the sharing of information , resources , skills and knowledge amongst disability organisations in the South East </li></ul><ul><li>Social media = sharing </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>How can social media help you do your job? </li></ul><ul><li>Receiving up to the minute information </li></ul><ul><li>Finding people and resources </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing information </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Receiving up to the minute information: </li></ul><ul><li>News feeds (RSS) </li></ul><ul><li>Automatic keyword alerts </li></ul><ul><li>Keywords: RSS, Google alerts, Google reader </li></ul>
    5. 6. <ul><li>Finding people and resources: </li></ul><ul><li>Keywords: Twitter, tweet, retweet (RT), hashtag </li></ul>
    6. 8. <ul><li>Sharing information: </li></ul>Keywords: social bookmarking, Delicious, tagging
    7. 9. <ul><li>Connecting: </li></ul><ul><li>Keywords: social network, Linkedin </li></ul>
    8. 10. <ul><li>What are the opportunities? </li></ul>Keywords: Flickr, blogging, discussion forum
    9. 11. <ul><li>What next for you? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you currently get intelligence about the work you’re doing? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a social media tool that can help you do it more efficiently? </li></ul><ul><li>Would this information be useful for others? If so, how can you share it? </li></ul>
    10. 12. ? Questions
    11. 13. <ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Online resources </li></ul><ul><li>BBC – My Web My Way </li></ul><ul><li>AbilityNet – </li></ul>