Social Media 101: What is Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest?

By January 27, 2016Lifestyle

Twitter. Instagram. Pinterest. Sound like foreign languages? They are not. They ARE the recent and most popular social media ways to communicate. And these are most likely how you can be more effective in communicating with your children and grandchildren.

Social media has opened up a whole new world for discovering news and information and sharing that information with people in your life or even groups you may belong to. Do you know what a “tweet” is or how to “pin” a recipe or craft? We are going to help you learn and give you some simple ways to dive right in and set up your own accounts.

Let’s get started:

Twitter: this is a social network used by millions of people to send out short messages (140 characters) to groups of friends called “tweets.” The icon for Twitter is a little bird symbol here. It is a simple way to send out a quick message about an experience or something you deem important to share. A beginner’s guide defining all the basics to Twitter can be found here (https://support.twitter.com). Start those tweets!

Instagram: this is a free on-line photo/video sharing platform that can be used in tandem with other social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or Flickr. Instagram is one of the most popular social media options used by children in middle school and high school. Some parental controls are in place to monitor use. My mother connects with her grandchildren via Instagram and enjoys the interaction. Explore www.instagram.com for sign-up options, tips and a how-to guide.

Pinterest: remember the good ol’ days of clipping recipes or crafts from Better Homes & Gardens? No more. On this site, you will discover fun and creative ways for your DIY projects and interests. From cooking to crafting to planning a wedding or baby shower, this site has everything you need. The best part is that you can share with friends and family on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Be warned, this site is addictive. Currently, there are 50+ billion pins to uncover. Click here (www.pinterest.com) to dive in and get started.

In addition to the above sign-ups and sites, if you own an iPhone or Android phone, you can download the above as an “app” or application for each one from Apple. These apps compliment the sites and allow you to enjoy them on the go. Good luck!

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