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tech guide And your bird can sing With 350 million registered users, Twitter's blue bird is ubiquitous. Those millions, and Facebook's 845 million, can't be wrong – social media has to be the easiest way to keep in touch and up to date. By drew Patchell S ocial networks are not necessarily about creating new friends, but getting in touch with old friends and keeping up with your friends’ and family’s lives. Whether with your grandson, a high school friend you lost touch with 20 years ago, or even a friend who now lives overseas, social networks are the most convenient and inexpensive way of keeping in touch. The four main social media platforms are Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube. They are quite similar at a very basic level; they are all about uploading user -generated content or sharing content created by others, whether text, photos or videos. Where they differ is in how users treat them. On YouTube, for example, people generally upload videos for public consumption – absolute strangers around the world watch instructional videos on how to create the perfect hairdo or repair a cracked iPhone screen. On Facebook, on the other hand, most people only share their content with smaller groups of friends and family. Get started Create an account and you will be prompted to allow the social network to access your 46 | www.probussouthpacific.org
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