Introduction to Social Media: With April

An illustration representing people using different types of social media, including a giant smartphone with a person with long hair walking across it, holding a picture of a heart emoji. Another person wearing a baseball cap is speaking into a megaphone, and speech bubbles with emojis in are appearing from the megaphone.

Social media is a great way to stay socially connected while physically distancing, and lots of neighbourhoods have used social media to self-organise and support folks in their communities during the pandemic.

However, if you’re new to the world of social media it can get quite confusing and overwhelming- in fact it gets that way sometimes even for those of us who use it regularly!

We recommend this ‘Introduction to social media’ by April, which gives a bit of background on the three main social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

April was started at the end of 2019 to help people get the most out of everyday digital technology.

When COVID-19 hit and the impact of the lockdown became clear, the team wanted to do more to help. They put out a call and managed to sign up 200 volunteers in the first 48 hours, which is pretty flipping excellent if you ask us!

This allowed them to run a free telephone support service throughout 2020. The telephone service is closed now, but you can still access all of their help online, via their website.

You’ll find step-by-step guides, videos, and answers to pretty much any question related to digital technology you can think of, like ‘what is Netflix?’ or how do I set up Spotify on my iphone?

The guides are also printable, so you can print one out for a neighbour who doesn’t have access to the internet or a digital device. We’ve linked the printable version of the introduction to social media at the top of this post.

To read the guide on the April website, click here, or on the logo.

Click on the April logo to visit the introduction to social media on their website.


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