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Social Media Users’ Guide (Editor’s note: Susan Currie Sivek, associate professor of mass communication, teaches journalism and media studies. She shares some tips and advice for using social media.) Privacy: Who sees what? Not everything you post has to be visible to the world. Spend a little time learning about privacy settings on different social media sites. • On Facebook, you can make any or all posts visible only to a list of select friends. In fact, Facebook creates some lists, like “Close Friends” and “Acquaintances,” that you can edit. You can also exclude specific people from your posts; a friend even planned a successful surprise party this way! • On Twitter and Instagram, you can approve your followers in advance with private accounts. • Ultimately, though, the people who see your posts determine their security. A “friend” could make a screenshot or show your posts to others. Decide how much you trust your friends before posting anything you want to keep truly private. New social media: Should I try________? As a social media instructor, I have social accounts all over the place, many abandoned. I enjoy experimenting with every site that might be the next big thing! But you can focus your energy on services that truly improve your life. • Read about the new social medium you’re considering. How could it enrich your life? Specialized information and 2 0 - l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e Winter 2016


2016 Linfield Magazine Winter
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