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Social networking sites are indeed very useful to private individuals and professionals. They let people connect in a lot of ways and allow others to learn about what they do in life.
Basically, the ways you can connect on these social media sites are quite similar. It’s just the terms they use that often differ.
It’s time then you learn about the social media jargon that actually refers to the same thing on the various platforms.
On Facebook, you normally add a friend to your list. To do this, you click on the button that says +1 Add Friend and once that person confirms you, you become friends with him or her.
Twitter has a different term for this which is follow. When you want to connect with a person on Twitter, you just click the Follow button and instantly, you get updated with his tweets.
LinkedIn refers to this feature as adding a connection. So if you know someone on LinkedIn and would like to get connected, all you have to do is click the Connect button with the + sign before it below the person’s name. The request to connect, however, will have to be confirmed first.
YouTube, meanwhile, allows users to add a channel of the person or group they like or know. To do this, just click the Add channels button with a + sign before it.
Google+ uses a unique term and it’s Add to circles. To connect, you simply click the button that says Add to circles and tick the appropriate category where you’d like that person to belong to.
Interacting and sharing messages, videos and images are some of the benefits social media users can enjoy. This is known as posting a status update on Facebook.
On Twitter, sharing information means tweeting while on LinkedIn, it’s sharing an update. Take note that when posting messages, you have the ability to attach a link. The link can be an article, an image or even a video.
On YouTube, users can tell the world about what they do and what they love by posting to their feed. They can do this by uploading a video and sharing it.
On Google+, you share information. But other than the message, you can also add a video, photo, link and even your location.
Facebook keeps you updated when people you’re connected with post an update. The updates can be seen on your newsfeed. On Twitter, it’s called the Twitter feed while it’s termed stream on Google+.
On LinkedIn, users can view the updates of their connections on their home page. YouTube, on the other hand, lets you keep track of what other people post through the channel feed.
So you see, social media sites normally let you do the same thing. The only difference is the terms they use and hopefully, you’ve learned more from this article.
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Wendy Chamberlain is the founder of www.savvywebwomen.com and creator of the Savvy Online Engagement Blog – the information packed resource that shows business owners and entrepreneurs how to use online strategies to connect with key stakeholders, influence decision makers and be seen as a thought leader, all via the use of social media. To receive your FREE Special Report and how-to articles to expand your Online Engagement toolkit, visit www.wendymoore.net.