Meleik Goodwill, Medical Director, Palio
Here’s something we get asked all the time: “How can we learn this social media stuff?”
This question comes everywhere – at family barbecues and school functions, hissed in work hallways and mumbled shamefacedly in the back of conferences.
What if you’re not 16? What if you’re not a nerd? What if you’re not growing up with this social media stuff in your blood? What if you don’t work with a bunch of tech geeks? What if you don’t even know where to begin?
What if you blew it off, thought it was a fad, but have seen the light and now honestly DO want to learn more about social media? Are you too late? Is there no hope for you?
Relax, question-askers of the world, and follow our quick and easy five-step plan to becoming a successful social media enthusiast.
- Slideshare. This repository of Powerpoint presentations has more devoted to social media explanation than you can imagine. Go visit and search for “social media,” and you’ll be inundated with well-written, basic, informational presentations. I’m particularly fond of this one, salty langugage and all: “What the F*** Is Social Media?”
- Mashable. Arguably the preeminent social media blog, Mashable is a fire hose of social media news. It will be a good source for you to learn a lot, if you
- A. Accept that it’s going to overwhelm you with news, and therefore
- B. Do not try to read all of it, and
- C. Do not get frustrated when you don’t understand every article.
- Social Media Examiner. Another team blog on social media, it’s a bit higher-level and definitely lower-volume than Mashable.
- Google. It sounds obvious, but it’s one that people forget quite often. Anytime you see a social media term that you don’t understand, let me reassure you: at least half a dozen people have written blog posts defining it. RSS? Follow Friday? SEO? Hashtag? Just ask.
- Ask. Whoever you are in life, at this point in time a safe bet is that most every person who reads this post knows someone who is well versed in social media. They got that way by finding it interesting, and as such, are going to enjoy talking about it. Never be afraid to ask. (This is also a great way to sort out the people who actually do know a lot from the people who just like to use popular buzzwords.)