Social Media Resources for Newbies- There’s nothing to fear! (I promise!)
Are you little intimidated by all the weird terms and concepts you’ve heard so much about? Don’t worry, social media is in its infancy, and we are all learning… some of us have a bit more experience, but we were all newbies once. Relax! Here is a smattering of great resources that will help you understand the basics.
The FIRST STOP:
(Do not pass GO… Start here!) CommonCraft Videos
The absolute easiest, most user-friendly, and basic source of information might just be found at CommonCraft. The folks at CommonCraft develop and deliver outstanding videos intended to make the most complex concepts simple and interesting. They sell their …In Plain English series of videos to trainers and large corporations, but they make them available for non-commercial use on owner Lee Lefever’s CommonCraft channel on YouTube. (Wait, I might be losing you with channels on YouTube. We’ll get there, but for now, just click on the links!)
Here are a few of my favorite ComonCraft Videos!
Social Networking in Plain English
Blogs in Plain English
Twitter in Plain English
RSS in Plain English (If you want to keep up with lots of blogs, you MUST see this video!)
There are many more on the CommonCraft channel on YouTube
A quick Glossary, courtesy of Socialbrite
Best overall resources
Mashable’s Social Media Guide
The overarching guide to social media that is updated several times a day:
Mashable’s Social Media Guide
Hubspot’s Internet Marketing Blog
Hubspot sells Internet Marketing software, so they want you to visit their blog, but in general, the information offered in this blog is very good! Highly recommended!
Articles and Webinars
From Joanne Fritz’ excellent Non-Profit Guide on About.com (a great resource for all things nonprofit, not just Social Media): 12 Tips for Nonprofits on Getting Started with Social Media
This is a hodgepodge of blogs that focus on Social Media and its application for marketing and fundraising. Some are written for nonprofit organizations, but offer excellent reading for small businesses as well.
Organizations that offer articles and training on Social Media for Nonprofit Organizations (but offer great resource even if your business is not nonprofit)
I’m On Linkedin– Now What? by Jason Alba
Guides and Whitepapers
Beyond the Hype: A Social Media Guide for Nonprofits and Advocates
from Texans Care For Children
If you are ever stuck, you can look up words, terms or phrases through Google:
Enter keyword: define: (the word or “phrase” you want to look find)
For more specific information, fast, I recommend Webopedia.
And, of course, the ever popular Wikipedia is helpful, but can be overwhelming.
Hey, Smartipants: Add your recommended resources here!
There is an overwhelming amount of information about social media! This is hardly a complete list! I’d love to add your favorites to this entry, so leave a comment to make this resource richer! (Yes, I know, a wiki would work better, but that’s a subject for another day!)