As we welcome in 2014 it feels appropriate to take a look back at the year that was, and a Top 10 list is always a good way to do that.
With all lists of this type, you can look for themes or trends that connect the posts. I’ve identified three I’d like to share with you. You can think of this as not only a list of the most popular posts, but as a content audit of sorts.
First, much like this Top 10, lists rule. Everyone is looking for those few items that they can read through and easily pull the one or two things from them that they can use. When it come to social media, these sorts of posts are gold. And in 2013, this variety makes up our top three.
Second, answer a question, solve a problem. Posts that are going to give you the solution to something that has been vexing you get a lot of eager eyes. How to handle Snapchat, use Facebook Groups or other similar social media channels will be of high interest.
Third, be sure to remember the “Long Tail.” Of the posts in our Top 10 posts, the one topping the list is from November 2011. Remember that content may not find its mark the day it’s published, but may have a lasting effect over time as more and more people deal with similar issues or have similar ideas. This can be particularly true when you are writing about a topic that is a bit ahead of the curve.
- 7 Tips for Citing an App in MLA Format by Hans Mundahl – Provides a nice set of tips for citations and how EasyBib can help in the process.
- 5 Reasons for Social Media Communication In Education by Scott Rocco – Read what one of the co-founders of the popular #satchat Twitter chats thinks about social media as a tool for schools and educators.
- 15 Questions to Ask Your Students About Social Media by Hans Mundhal – A great way to start a conversation with your students about social media, school and their lives.
- The Advantage of Google Docs in Education by Nate Green – Some pro insights into using this common, collaborative tool to its full potential.
- The Advantage of Facebook Groups in Education by Nate Green – Facebook in the classroom?!?! Yes, and here’s how.
- How to Set a Featured Video on YouTube by Madeline Riley – Simple powerful solution to use with the number 2 search engine.
- Gone In a Snap: Snapchat Temporary Photo Sharing by Stacy Jagodowski – Get the 411 on Snapchat and what you need to know.
- The Social Media Dos and Don’ts for Students (Applying to College) by Rebekka Goldberg – Hear from the college office on what you need to be aware of in the college process.
- Facebook Boosted Posts vs Print Ads by William Stites – Get the most bang for your buck and stretch your marketing budget.
- The Multi-Dimensional Power of Professional Development through Social Media by Scott Rocco – See how Scott sees social media as something more than just a one-dimensional tool and how it can open up learning on a number of levels.
Looking back at these post its easy to see how varied the topics, questions and ideas are around social media. It is our goal at edSocialMedia to help you make sense of it all.
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Happy New Year to you all!