Facebook is the largest of the social online networks, with more than 500 million active users. It has become a favorite destination for people, businesses, and organizations to connect and share information with thousands of people at once. Users can post text, pictures, audio, and video.
How Facebook works: Users sign-up for a free account and then make connections with other users on the service by “friending” them. When you find someone you know on Facebook, you request to be their “friend.” If the request is accepted, you can see that person’s Facebook page. Users who you accept as a friend can, in turn see your page.
You do not have to have an account to visit Thornwell’s Facebook page, but in order to subscribe and support Thornwell on Facebook, you must have a Facebook account.
Twitter is one of the fastest growing social networks, with 190 million users sending over 65 million tweets each day. Twitter is a real-time information network that empowers its users to share and discover interesting content through status updates (or “tweets”).
How Twitter works: Twitter is often referred to as a micro-blogging service because it limits your status updates to 140 characters. But the brilliance is in its simplicity and brevity. For Thornwell, Twitter is one of the quickest ways to get a message out to Thornwell supporters who may be interested in our activities or events. Twitter also allows us to get real-time feedback from Thornwell supporters. Like Facebook posts, users can share your tweet with the simple click of a button. This is called a “re-tweet,” and it is the feature that makes Twitter such a great word-of-mouth platform that can help Thornwell constituents share our ministry with their family and friends. Twitter is a public site, which means anyone can view tweets. However, users can choose to “follow” Thornwell on Twitter to keep track of tweets. The follower relationship is not two-way; you don’t have to follow someone for them to follow you, and vice versa.
Instagram is a popular social network application that allows you to upload, edit, and caption your own photos from your Smartphone. In December 2014, Instagram had 300 million users accessing the site per month with more than 1 billion photographs being uploaded to its service.
How Instagram works: Instagram is an online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, and share them on a variety of social networking platforms. A distinctive feature is that it confines photos to a square shape, similar to Kodak Instamatic and Polaroid images. Users can also apply digital filters to their images and even upload short videos (15 seconds max). You can view Instagram on a computer, but you cannot update your account or add photos via the internet. You can only do this from within the Smartphone app.