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Using social media tools

This article encourages you to try out a range of social media tools.
© University of Southampton 2017

Whilst many of you may be regular users of a range of social media tools, there may also be some of you who would like to know more about using social media tools.

The UK’s Open University has produced a comprehensive free online social media toolkit which you may find useful. It is a collection of tips, recommendations, tools and pieces of social media best practice aimed in particular at those who use social media in a professional capacity.

Try out a new social media tool

Whilst you may be very familiar with some social media tools, how about trying out something new?

Facebook Groups and Google + communities

These are great if you want to share images and other media with smaller numbers of fellow learners or for forming groups with other people about a very specific subject.

You could start a Facebook group, or join one that someone else has started. Details of Facebook groups can be shared in the comments on the discussion pages within the course. Facebook also supports the course hashtags. Find out more about how to create a Facebook group. Google + allows you to use a nickname if you’d prefer to keep your real name private. Find out more about how to create a Google+ community.


If you’d like to try Twitter out, try viewing what’s been shared using the #FLsocialmedia hashtag so far. You might find it motivating to follow other learners there too and help encourage others through the course.


For those of you that use LinkedIn, you might like to create or join a LinkedIn group to discuss your experiences and network with other professionals – people within your field and beyond. To join a group, search for its title from the search bar, or create your own by selecting ‘Interests’ and then ‘Groups’ from the top navigation.

Enterprise social networks

Your employer may have an internal social network that is used for collaboration and discussion, such as Yammer or Slack. This is a great way for you to discuss course topics with other learners within your organisation – particularly if you’re in a large company across multiple sites.

© University of Southampton 2017
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