Social Media Basics

Social Media Basics

This guide offers a beginner-friendly introduction to popular social media platforms, covers safety and privacy essentials, and outlines general etiquette for respectful and secure online interactions.

Social media has become an integral part of our daily lives. Whether you're looking to connect with friends, stay informed, or promote a business, understanding how to use social media is key. This guide covers the basics.

Understanding Different Platforms

  1. Facebook: A platform for connecting with friends and family. Users can share posts, photos, and videos, join groups of interest, and use Messenger for direct communication.
  2. Twitter: This platform is best for short, real-time updates and discussions. Users can share and interact with tweets, follow other users, and utilize hashtags to follow topics of interest.
  3. Instagram: Instagram is primarily a visual platform for sharing photos and videos. Users can also use Stories for temporary posts and IGTV for longer videos.
  4. LinkedIn: A professional networking platform where users can post their work experience, apply for jobs, and connect with other professionals.
  5. TikTok: This platform focuses on short, creative video content. Users can create and share 15-second videos, often set to music.
  6. Snapchat: Known for temporary content, users can send private 'snaps' that disappear after viewing and post public 'stories' that disappear after 24 hours.

Safety and Privacy

  1. Strong Passwords: Use complex and unique passwords for each social media account. Consider using a password manager.
  2. Two-Factor Authentication: Enable two-factor authentication for an additional layer of security.
  3. Privacy Settings: Regularly review your privacy settings to control who can see your posts and personal information.


  1. Respect: Treat others with respect. Avoid offensive or harassing comments.
  2. Authenticity: Be yourself and share genuine thoughts and experiences.
  3. Awareness: Be aware of the platform's rules and guidelines.
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