Social Media

Social Media Overview

Storytelling is the cornerstone of human culture.   Stories based on from individual to individual shape of beliefs and perceptions of the world.  Social Media allows us to share our story to a much broader audience using a toolset, that for many of us, we could never imagine.   The accessible blending of multimedia into a hand-held has taken the place of the "campfire" that our ancestors used to pass on knowledge. 

This module will focus on two applications which have very similar traits however, slightly different applications.


Before the applications are introduced, there are several "symbols" and their function we need to define. 

# - "hashtag" is used to categorize (tag) information.  In this tagging, there is not a "file cabinet" that neatly organizes information in a folder however, it is an organic method to 'connect' conversations.

@ - "handle" or "username" - allows you to reference an individual in your conversation.

Concept Help

Building a low tech social network

If you are already panicking,  take a deep breath and we'll bring this down to level 0 with this low-tech version of social media. 

~ Task 1 - Build a low-tech social network

Application 1 - Twitter

Why Twitter?

Twitter is a microblogging tool.   The beauty of Twitter is that post or tweet traditionally is only 140 characters.  Due to the size limit, an author needs to selective pick their words. 

Twitter may be access via a web browser, mobile device application, or computer application.  Once again, making the service very versatile. 

~ Task 2 - Sign-up for a Twitter Account

Opening the Twitter App

Twitter Toolbar
twitter-nav.pngTwitter Toolbar

Key components of the Twitter toolbar: Avatar, Home, Trending, Notifications, Messages, User, Lists, Search, Compose

 Avatar Uploaded image to identify yourself.   The default images is the "egg-head" image.  
Home Provides your "feed" of information from individuals you follow.
Trending  Information from across the Twitter-sphere that has received the most attention.
Notifications  Alerts you when someone "mentions" your handle.
Messages  Direct messages from one user to another (think of it as private messaging)
 User  View your user profile.
Lists  Organization/grouping of the individuals that you follow.
Search   Search for a handle or hashtag.
 Compose  Create a tweet.

Understanding the Twitter-sphere

Visualizing a tweet
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Graphic showing the distribution of twitter post or tweet

In your "tweet" or post, you could also  'mention' to a another via their handle 

~ Task 3 - Give it a whirl

  1.  Decide what Twitter account you plan to use. 
  2.  Log in to the client
  3. Click on the search icon
  4. Type in the box:   @tiutmcclain
  5. Click on my account, then the 'Follow' button 
  6. Click the home icon and you should be back to were you started.

Congratulations you are now 'Following' me!

  1.  Click on the search icon
  2.  Type in the box:  #coffee
  3.   Enjoy all of the coffee randomness
  4.   Click the home icon and you should be back to were you started.

Congratulations you have now searched for a hashtag!

Now, the moment you've been waiting for, you first tweet.  

  1.  Click the compose icon.
  2. Type in the box:  @tiutmcclain - I have successfully tweeted! #coffee time!

You have now tweeted!

Wait there is more

Direct Messages

Another way you are able to communicate in the Twitter-sphere if via direct messages.  

Twitter Direct Message
twitter.004.pngTwitter Direct Message

Graphic showing how a Twitter Direct Message works.

When Twitter was first released, the 'dm' prefix routed a Tweet from the ether to a specific user.   Now that you are following me, you should be able to: 

  1.  Click the "File" menu item
  2.  Click the "New Direct Message" menu option
  3.  In the interface, type:  tiutmcclain 
  4.  In the area below, type:     Secret! Secret! I've got a secret... Tweet.

Congratulations, you have Direct Messaged!

Tweet On!

Application 2 - Slack

Slack provides a very similar framework as Twitter however, it primarily geared towards teams working together.    "Channels are created" from hashtags to provide organized streams of information.

To get started with Slack you can sign up for the 'Coffee Talkers' Workspace here:

Sign up

Slack Taxonomy

Slack Taxonomy
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Image showing the relationships between, the Slack Application, Channels, and Messages

Slack User Interface

Slack Workspace
slack-workspace.pngSlack Workspace

Image of the Slack Workspace

Slack Workspace with an added Channel

Slack Interfaces with a Channel
onlinelearning-channel.pngSlack Interfaces with a Channel

Slack Interfaces with an online learning channel added

~ Task 4 - Exploring Slack

Using the Message box, add several post and explore using Slack leveraging your Twitter knowledge. 

Check In

~ Task 5 - Check In

We are currently piloting two e-Learning Technologies, xAPI and Learning Record Store (LRS).  As part of this research, we ask that you "check-in" by clicking the link below.

If you are participating in Tom McClain's research project, we ask that you use your "code name" vs. your email when completing the "check-in."

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