How to learn social media?

Join a revolution!

I recently got involved in this group: http://bhprotestfiles.wordpress.com/ — Bosnia and Herzegovina Protest Files.

Since joining, I’ve become familiar with Facebook public pages and started my own (www.facebook.com/dbadbaPlanB), where I follow as many Citizen Plenums as I can find (more and more are springing up) along with town-oriented news sites, in addition to translation and editing organizations and publications.
I understand Facebook groups a little better now.
I’ve had to learn messaging and posting etiquette.
And most unexpectedly, I’ve started using smileys. Ack!

I had the singular experience of watching a live feed from a Sarajevo plenum (citizens’ assembly or town-hall meeting without any politicians present) — complete with sign-language interpreter — while live-chatting about it with a colleague in London. Although this revolution is not being televised (at least not in the US, with all cameras trained on Ukraine and Venezuela), it’s certainly being broadcast on a multitude of channels!

As well, I’ve beefed up my Twitter presence, because (1) we want to publicize the articles we’re posting and (2) Twitter is a great source of information. People tweet from the demonstrations, link to videos, and share articles and opinions. I have a better sense of lists, searches, direct messages, retweets, and due diligence (that is, I check to see what people are talking about and how prolific they are before I follow them).

So I recommend anyone wanting to learn more about social media but not sure where to start to join a revolution.
Get involved in a worthy cause or a project. It’s a great way to make friends while you try to influence people.

If after all this you’re curious about what’s going on in Bosnia and would like a concise explanation, see this New York Times op-ed by Aleksander Hemon and Jasmin Mujanović: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/22/opinion/sunday/stray-dogs-and-stateless-babies.html?_r=0

For an overview of what the protests have accomplished so far with more links to more articles, see my recent post for the Bosnia and Herzegovina Protest Files here: http://bhprotestfiles.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/highlights-of-the-week-ending-sunday-2-march-2014/

And then explore the posts at Bosnia and Herzegovina Protest Files. There’s a wide range of material there, all translated by volunteers who are collaborating and getting the word out with the help of WordPress, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

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