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Tech Toolbox: Social Media

Helpful resources for working with a variety of technologies available to you at ACC.

Social Networking

"Social media allows users to connect, communicate, and share multimedia via Web-based or mobile technology. This interaction is usually achieved through social networking sites and applications for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.  This is a brief list of some of the more popular sites and applications." ["Social Media." Computer Sciences. Ed. K. Lee Lerner and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner. 2nd ed. Vol. 3: Social Applications. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2013. 216-223. Gale Virtual Reference Library.]

You will find linked lists of social networking sites on Wikipedia and

Look for the "about" link on each of the social media sites listed.

What Is a Blog?

"'Blog' is an abbreviated version of 'weblog,' which is a term used to describe web sites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. A blog features diary-type commentary and links to articles on other Web sites, usually presented as a list of entries in reverse chronological order. Blogs range from the personal to the political, and can focus on one narrow subject or a whole range of subjects."


Instagram and Pinterest

Instagram is "a free and simple way to share your life and keep up with other people" through sharing pictures and videos that you can customize with filters and creative tools.  You can post images on Instagram, then share them on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and other social media or send images directly as a private message.  Visit Library Services on Instagram.

Pinterest began as a visual discovery tool to use to find ideas for projects or share interests.  There has been discussion of offering "buyable pins," which would make Pinterest a business option.

Austin Community College Library Services Social Media

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Terms of Use Library Services Social Media

 Social Media at Austin Community College


If you don't already have an account and would like one, visit Twitter at to sign up.

Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest information about what you find interesting."

"At the heart of Twitter are small bursts of information called Tweets. Each Tweet is 140 characters in length, but don’t let the small size fool you—you can share a lot with a little space."

For more information, see Twitter Basics from the Twitter Help Center.  

Books about Twitter Links:

 Austin Community College District and Library Services are on Twitter.

 Twitter Support

 Ultimate Guide to Twitter for Business

 The Twitter Book

 Follow me! Creating a Personal Brand with Twitter

 The Complete Idiot's Guide to Twitter Marketing

  Use the library catalog to find more books about social media. 


Wiki has been defined as "the simplest online database that could possibly work" that "allows users to freely create and edit Web page content using any Web browser." (What Is Wiki).

You are probably familiar with Wikipedia, "the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit."  There are other related wiki projects.

Videos about Social Media

Youth and Media - Digital Dossier

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Page Editor: Teresa Ashley   10/27/2017

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