Mastering social media does not come easy to us, because anyone who is an adult did not grow up with it. Yet we have many reasons why we need to at least become proficient in using social media, if not fully master it. I recently received 3 books to review that will help you raise digital kids, and master Twitter and Google+.
- If we have children of any age, we need to be able to teach them to use social media safely, which is something we can not do without understanding it.
- When our teens are away, such as at college, social media is a great way to communicate with each other.
- Most jobs nowadays require knowledge of social media.
- Social media is a great way to find and keep in touch with both old and friends.
Raising Digital Families for Dummies, The Tao of Twitter and What the Plus! are 3 books that will teach you pretty much everything you need to know on the respective subjects.
Raising Digital Families for Dummies by Amy Lupold Blair
Many of you may know Amy Lupold Blair from Resourceful Mommy Media, a social media marketing company. She also has her own blog, Resourceful Mommy. If you are at all familiar with the For Dummies books, you will already know that this is a very organized, easy-to-read guide full of lists and tips.
The philosophy of Raising Digital Families is one I completely agree with. Technology is everywhere and it always will be. We are not going to hide it from or kids nor should we. Be we “can help them enjoy the benefits while ducking the dangers”.
Part one discusses the problems that can arise from the use of digital technology and why and how to create a digital family policy. Parents need to know where there kids are online and talk to their kids about online etiquette and safety.
Part two teaches parents about the various areas of the digital world that our kids live in. This includes video games, online chats, search engines, ads and cyberbullying.
Part three is all about social media. It discusses social networks for kids, social networks for adults that kids want to use, YouTube and blogging.
Part four talks about handheld gadgets and what parents should know and part five discusses helpful family resources that you can find online. Chapter six is my favorite in all For Dummies books, the list of Tens. There are 3 helpful lists for you and your kids.
I found Raising Digital Dummies extremely useful. There is real concrete information and resources that you can use right away. I highly recommend it.
The Tao of Twitter: Changing Your Life and Business 140 Characters at a Time by Mark W. Schaefer
Twitter is very difficult to understand until you begin using it. Once you set up an account and start following people and get some followers in return, it all begins to make sense. If you are only using it to follow some friends or celebrities, you are fine. However, if you want to use Twitter to grow a business or for your job or if you have teens using it and want to know more about it, then The Tao of Twitter will help you learn everything you need to know.
The Tao of Twitter is a fairly short easy read. Yet it will help you build your number of followers on Twitter and your influence. You will find a variety of ways to use Twitter and also find great tips and time savers. This helpful book covers everything that a brand new beginner would need and many tips that a regular user can use. All in all, a very useful book.
What the Plus!: Google+ for the Rest of Us by Guy Kawasaki
Ah, Google+. The newest of the big social networks. Even many of the people well versed in social media still haven’t started using this one yet. Part of it is the resistance to having to learn how to use it. It actually is very easy to use the basics. Extremely easy. The reason for reading Guy’s book, What the Plus!, is so that you can go beyond the basics and get all the benefits out of this great new social network.
In What the Plus! you will learn all about those famous, or infamous circles, how to interact with others and how to use Google hangouts. You will also receive help in setting up your profile, adding photos, optimizing the posts you share and more. Extremely helpful especially with all the Google+ newbies out there. (Since the book was published a few months ago, the design of Google+ changed slightly. Everything still works the same but some things might not be exactly in the same place, however you should be able to find them. You shouldn’t let that keep you from purchasing this book.)
What do you think? Do you think that Raising Digital Families, The Tao of Twitter and What the Plus! are for you? If you have read any of them, please let us know what you thought in the comments. Thanks.
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Full Disclosure: I was given the 3 books above to review for free. All opinions are my own.