February 3, 2012
The 10th installment in the lesson series I’m writing on behalf of iKeepSafe, focuses on teens and Twitter use.
Teens are increasingly turning to Twitter as an alternative or addition to other social media platforms. Like any technology, it has its own language, culture… and risks. How are teens using Twitter and how can they minimize privacy concerns? While you can make your Twitter account “private,” or even use a pseudonym, others may still be watching-including peers, school officials, parents, and even Homeland Security.
As we learn to integrate new technologies into our everyday lives, students and professionals alike grapple with the thorny questions of the boundaries surrounding freedom of speech, appropriate speech, and content censoring. Read on for a primer on Twitter-speak, and find out who’s Twittering… and who’s reading.
To see and use this lesson, the companion presentation, professional development materials, and parent tips click here: Using Twitter Wisely
August 23, 2011
What makes this State of the Internet by Mashable [infographic] so interesting is that it is dynamic, you can see the number of new internet users, and new websites coming online, click around the world to see the internet’s role in various countries, and has interesting stats about the videos uploaded each minute, the searches, tweets, and more.
Interesting stats (subject to change by the time you look at them!):
- Avg. time spent on Facebook per month – 17 hours and 33 minutes
- Videos watched on YouTube per day – 2 billion
- 119 Million Tweets sent per day
- 35 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.
- 1.2 Million Editors edit 11 million articles per month on Wikipedia
- The online dating industry is worth $4 billion worldwide
- Your facebook profile is worth $91
Have fun exploring.
March 12, 2011
Call it over exposure, ignorance, or a blatant desire to commit Twittercide, people continue to post things to their Twitter accounts that come back to bite them.
If you aren’t sure where the potential mine fields lay in Twitter comments, a new article-with-slide-show-examples on the Huffington Post titled What Not To Post On Twitter: 11 Things Your Tweeps Don’t Need To Know by Catharine Smith is a good primer.
Here’s an excerpt:
And as search engines like Google and Bing take steps to further integrate Twitter updates into query results, it’s more important than ever to watch what you tweet.
Given the platform’s simplicity and 140-character limit, it can be tempting to dash off Twitter updates without pausing to consider the impact they can have. Experts agree that users should take a moment before tweeting. Especially if your tweets are public, that moment of reconsideration could save you your job, your personal safety or your reputation.
To view the entire article and accompanying slide show, click here.
For more information about smart Tweeting tactics see my blogs:
Think b4 U tweet.
July 20, 2009
Twitter, the social networking site that allows users to post comments of 140 characters or less, has been growing at a rate of more than 1,000% annually. Though still dwarfed by sites like Facebook and MySpace, new research by Rasmussen indicates that 9% of Americans now have a Twitter account. Who would have predicted 10 years ago that over 29% of Americans would belong to a social networking site?
The study also found that tweeters (those who post on Twitter) are most likely to be between 18 -39 and earn over $75,000 a year making them ideal targets for marketers, and predators of all kinds – whether their aim is financial, emotional, reputational or physical harm. More surprising to me than the finding that 52% are concerned about the safety of their personal information and 26% are very concerned, is that 45% are not concerned of which 10% aren’t at all worried.
While it’s true that it is entirely possible to use Twitter without divulging personal information, most users expose far more than they imagine. I’m not knocking Twitter, (in fact you can follow me @ http://twitter.com/LindaCriddle) but learning how to stay safe while using any social media is a key skill to staying in control of your life online.