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7 shortcuts to social media savvy

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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.

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