If you’re new to social media (and who isn’t?), here’s a brief rundown. Social media is a revolutionary new way we can all stay in touch by typing and even watching video. Like on TV. The 10 things you must know:
1. Blu-Ray — gives you really, really high-res video in your home, on your TV.
2. DVD — gives you plain high-res video in your home, on your TV.
3. PC — gives you sort-of-fuzzy video in your home, almost like a small TV, but adds lots of text in things called files or web pages, glowing like a TV.
4. Web site — used to be text and pictures, now filled with video, like your TV.
5. Cell phone — used to be sound, then added text, then pictures, and now even video, like your TV!
6. Blogs — used to be web logs, or web pages, but now has cooler name, and includes everything found on a web page except it’s all written by you, even with video by you, like your own broadcast. On TV!
7. Twitter — used to be called text messaging, except now you can do it to many people at once, and they can do it back at you, sort of like a text-messaging conference call. Not like TV 🙁
8. Tiny URL — Ok, this one is complicated. You see, Twitter text messages only allow 140 characters (we think), so this is a web site that converts long URLs into, yes, tiny URLs, so you can send long web site addresses to your friends within Twitter, so they can immediately and joyfully see your brief text message and click out to a big web page, that might even include video, like a TV!
9. Twixxer — a new variation on Twitter that makes your Twitter feed look much like a blog, which resembles a web site, except even now with video, like a PC screen or DVD, just like your TV!
10. Fax machine — hey, sometimes Twitter and Blogger go down, so now you can write down either Tiny URLs or real URLs and fax them to friends when all the other social media shuts off due to server errors, but the fax should still go through so your friends can access the web when everything finally turns on, and punch in the addresses, to boot up the text and video and relax and enjoy — just like watching TV!
Questions? Find me on Twitter. I’ll be typing a video. You know, like on TV.