Social media refers to the websites and computer applications or media that allows users to communicate and share messages, information, opinions, beliefs, videos and images.
Social networking is the activity of using a particular website, application or media to connect and contact other people and share information.
You can keep in touch with other researchers and also to promote your own profile with social networks such as:
JISCMail provides hundreds of email lists for researchers and staff to sign up to in order to share common interests and news
LinkedIn is a professional networking site - the world's largest professional network with nearly
740 million members in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide
Twitter is a microblogging and social media site which is useful if you want to share information to your network in 280 characters. It's main aim is to connect people and allow people to share their thoughts with a wider audience.
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Social media has undoubtedly offered increased connectivity and convenience.
Social media is playing a large part in our daily life.
Social media has a much darker side. With such a large amount of content being uploaded, commented on and shared, a lack of regulations and an inability on behalf of the social media company to moderate all content is all so evident - cyberbullying, trolling and harassment has dramatically increased online.
Ensure you always protect your privacy and value your data. Check, review and update your privacy settings on each social media channel you use. Think twice before you give permission to a third party.
Fake news does not just exist in news reports and attention grabbing headlines. Fake information can be disguised in images, videos and memes posted online - things we would not usually attribute to the term 'news'.
Social media networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram enables news, stories and information to be shared among its users. Sharing could start in your close family and friends network. Fake news spreads quickly through a click of a button by sharing links on social media by individuals. Anyone can post a message. You share the story to your friends. They share to their friends and so on. Social media platforms make the ideal place for fake news to flourish and become viral and can be a vicious cycle.
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Be aware! Content from trusted sources such as friends or family could carry false information, images, memes or screenshots.
Remember, if you plan to share, always check, evaluate and verify before posting.
Deepfakes are videos, images, or audio that are manipulated by software to produce media that appear to be real. Deepfakes makes it appear that real people are saying and doing things they didn’t say or do.
Here are top tips on how to recognise a deepfake video: