The Beginner's Guide to Social Media

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Whether it's keeping up on the latest web memes on Reddit or Tumblr, following your favorite comedians on Twitter, profesionally networking on LinkedIn, or staying in touch with college friends on Facebook, social media has become an integrated and constant part of our everyday lives.

To digital natives, it may be difficult to imagine a world where these tools aren't at our fingertips, but the fact is, new users join these services every day. For the uninitiated, check out our beginner's guides to get started on Tumblr, Twitter, Reddit, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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1. The Beginner's Guide to Tumblr


This micro-blogging platform brings together bloggers, brands and tastemakers. Whether you want to create your own content or curate and share the stuff on the web you dig the most, Tumblr give you a user-friendly, beautiful way to get started.

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If you're already comfortable tumbling, check out these our tips and tricks for power users:


2. The Beginner's Guide to LinkedIn


It may not be the sexiest social network out there, but LinkedIn now has 161 million members in more than 200 countries, making it the world’s largest professional network on the web. Our beginner's guide will walk you through everything you need to tackle today's job market, from creating a profile to finding professional organizations and applying for jobs directly from the site.

Already have a profile? Our tips for advanced users will show you how to get even more out of LinkedIn:


3. The Beginner's Guide to Reddit


Reddit is the web's most popular message board. If you're new to the site, you may be overwhelmed by the mishmash of text links, comment threads, points and upvotes but sticking with it reveals what really distinguishes Reddit: its community. Our guide takes you through the Reddit culture, how to submit a story, upvoting and downvoting user submissions and more.

Once you've posted a couple of stories to the site, check out what other Redditors have been able to do with this social network:


4. The Beginner's Guide to Facebook


As the world's largest social network, Facebook boasts 900 million users worldwide. But even if you're already on Facebook, there's plenty aspects of the service that are worth reviewing. Our guideline recaps the network’s main features and policies.

For a more in-depth look at the world's most popular social network, check out these additional resources:


5. The Beginner's Guide to Twitter


Share news updates, links or one-liners 140 characters at a time with this social platform, which lets you communicate with and follow people from around the world. Our beginner's walkthrough takes you through everything you need to get tweeting, from creating a profile to retweeting and direct messaging.

Racking up followers faster than Ashton Kutcher? Check out these pro tips to stay on top of your Twitter game:

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