Pick your own way to get comfortable with social media.
1. Common Craft (www.commoncraft.com): The site is particularly useful for people who give presentations, helping them make complex ideas easy. The videos are short and simple using paper cutouts and a whiteboard.
2. Pipl.com (www.pipl.com) and Spokeo.com (www.spokeo.com): Check your online reputation by typing your name or email into these sites. They will scan different sites for information about you. The breadth of personal data is eye-opening.
3. Ning (www.ning.com): This professional network may serve you better than Facebook. Ning communities are organized around specific content, not individuals.
4. Meetup (www.meetup.com): Meetup helps get you across the digital divide with groups of people who share your professional interests. Members plan meetings and form offline clubs in communities worldwide.
5. Ustream (www.ustream.com): Create your own TV channel. All you need are a camera and a computer. Worried about privacy? Confine your shows to a particular group.
6. Viddy (www.viddy.com): Turn everyday moments into little movies and share them with everyone—an “instagram for videos.”
7. Frameographer (available on iTunes): A simple app for making time-lapse and stop motion movies in HD on your iPhone. Cost: $2.99.