Social Media Explained (with the aid of a donut!)

Whenever I’ve been asked to explain “social media”, I’ve found that one sure way of getting the message across is to use this slide. It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, but there’s no harm in injecting a bit of humour into any presentation.

I do not take any credit for the idea, and would normally accredit the original source, but there are so many different variations on this theme around the Web that I’ve not been able to discover how and where it started. ┬áIndeed, I’ve also made some of my own changes to bring it up to date. So, apologies in advance if I am upsetting any ownership sensibilities!

Social Media Explained - in a dounut

  • Twitter: I’m eating a #donut
  • Facebook: I like donuts
  • Foursquare: This is where I eat donuts
  • Instragram: This is a vintage photo of my donut
  • Pinterest: Here’s a recipe for making donuts
  • LastFM: Now listening to “Donuts”
  • Google+: I’ve joined a circle of donut-eating enthusiasts
  • Reddit: There’s a conspircy around donut eating.
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Where Next For Social Media

Technology is no longer something to be feared or avoided – it’s part and parcel of how we live our lives in the 21st century, and it provides us with unprecedented opportunities to understand the world in which we live, and to tap into the collective wisdom of our fellow human beings. It’s good to be alive!

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A session I recently presented for the London Information and Knowledge Exchange (LIKE) Conference.

A look at some of the current and emerging trends around social media, social networks and collaborative technology. We’ve transitioned from the industrial paradigms of the 20th century to a new age full of opportunities for shared knowledge and learning. But it’s an increasingly complex world and we need to be able to adapt and change if we are to make the most of our opportunities. Technology is no longer something to be feared or avoided – it’s part and parcel of how we live our lives in the 21st century, and it provides us with unprecedented opportunities to understand the world in which we live, and to tap into the collective wisdom of our fellow human beings. It’s good to be alive!

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