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email contacts to link you with your friends or family, and to upload a photo as your profile picture. It’s usually best to use a photo of yourself, cropped in on your face, so that people can see who you are easily. Finally, it is time to make your first post. Make it something fun and current that will prompt your friends to comment. Keep yourself nice Social media platforms are the lifeblood of the younger generation’s social groups. Before commenting on your son's, daughter's or grandchild's posts, remember that all of their friends – including their workmates, perhaps even their boss – will see your comment. It is not uncommon for people to delete family members’ comments or even unfriend their family members on social networks. So, to save your loved ones embarrassment and save yourself a friend remember a golden rule: if you wouldn't walk into a room full of your friend’s friends and say something out loud, don't post it on Facebook. •• digital Man? The younger generations are responsible for the social networking phenomenon. They have only known a world where the internet is ubiquitous, so futurist and author Marc Prensky calls them ‘digital natives’. Over the past few years though, over- 55s – the ‘digital immigrants’ – have been joining social networks in such high numbers that it is now the largest growing demographic on Facebook. Keep your eyes peeled, because Probus South Pacific is joining Facebook and Twitter, and will soon be sharing the latest news, investment updates, travel specials and health reports. Q&A with George Kimpton will return next issue. the PlatforMs faceBook Established in 2004, Facebook is the king of social networks with 845 million active users as at the end of last year. It is currently the second most visited website in the world. Facebook allows users to create their own private pages where they can upload photos, chat publicly or privately to friends and family, and share information instantly with other users who are their friends. Facebook also allows users to play games, create closed groups to chat, create and invite friends to events, and create fan pages. twitter Since March 2006, Twitter has grown to over 350 million registered users. Unlike other social networking sites, Twitter has a significant demographic base of adults. Twitter has been described as the SMS of the internet with posts, called ‘tweets’, limited to 140 characters. Because of its instantaneity, Twitter is often a great source for news, with big news stories regularly broken via Twitter before news agencies have time to write up and release them. Unlike Facebook, ‘following’ someone you don’t know on Twitter is acceptable, making it a great way to pick the brains of genius strangers from around the world. youtuBe YouTube is a social network where users can upload, view, share and comment on videos. It is common practice for users of YouTube to comment on videos through a response video, instead of a written comment. Anyone with a camera can capture a world-changing event and upload the footage, and users can also make money by starting their own channels and creating videos that others want to watch. where to start facebook: www.facebook.com twitter: www.twitter.com youtube: www.youtube.com If you wouldn't walk into a room full of your friend’s friends and say something out loud, don't post it. Drew Patchell is Webmaster at YOURLifeChoices website w: www.yourlifechoices.com.au Active RetireesTM | 47
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