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Social Media Basics - Introduction to social media

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Introduction to social media

connections between people in a social network

An online social network is much like your real social network. It is your friends and your family, work colleagues and acquaintances.

A social network is a way of staying in touch and making new connections. In the real world you can’t see the connections between people. In the online world you can immediately see who knows who, and who your friends are friends with.

sharing photos with your social network

Once you add your friends and family to your social network it’s very easy to share photos and videos, send messages, post comments, arrange events, chat, make recommendations and play games.

You don't even have to leave your living room.

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