Handout -- Social media basics for Master Gardener leaders

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Handout -- Social media basics for Master Gardener leaders

  1. 1. Social Media Basics 2012 Master Gardener Leadership School What is social media? “Digital tools (e.g., websites, mobile applications) that allow and facilitate interaction between users.” – eXtension.org What are the best social media sites for MGs? Facebook Twitter Pinterest YouTubeFacebookhttp://www.facebook.com/florida.mastergardeners Pageshelp you getpublic exposure for your county’s programs and activities, and they’re easy to set up (http://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php). Plus, they allow for plenty of customization (http://mashable.com/2012/07/13/facebook-pages-tips-tricks/#747871). Groups help bring together people who share a common interest, e.g., MGs in a specific county, and can be public or private (http://www.facebook.com/about/groups/). Ads can help you promote your plant sales, recruit new members, etc. (https://www.facebook.com/help/?page=175624025825871).Twitterhttp://www.twitter.com/FloridaMGs Set up an account (https://support.twitter.com/articles/100990-how-to-sign-up-on-twitter). Find followers (http://www.wikihow.com/Get-More-Followers-on-Twitter). Tweet short, 140-character updates. This is a great way to promote your county’s activities or share Florida-Friendly gardening information. Retweet updates from other good sources and reply to users who mention your tweets.Pinteresthttp://pinterest.com/FloridaMGs Pin and repin images to online visual pinboards, as well as interact with other users. Popular with DIY and creative types, so it’s a great place to feature any how-to articles that you may have written and taken pictures of. Great site to get your photography buffs involved with.YouTubehttp://www.twitter.com/UFGardening Shoot and upload how-to videos using a digital video camera. Follow other UF/IFAS users like SolutionsForYourLife, YourFloridaLawn, and UFEntomology. Respond to comments/questions that users post on your videos. Watch and leave comments on other users’ videos. Presented by Kim Kruse—Full presentation available online at www.slideshare.com/krtaylor

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