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Getting around a social media site is not always easy. For some users, it’s a matter of getting used to social media. For others, the issue is keeping up with constant updates and changes to features, privacy settings, and account specifications. This, of course, is why social media cheat sheets exist.
Cheat sheets are basically infographics that can give a user a simple rundown of various features and how to use them. Here’s a roundup of great cheat sheets for the most popular social networking sites.
This is a nice little cheat sheet that covers what most users are probably going to need. For example, you’ll know how to create circles, add content, and tag items. It also gives you a couple of hot keys to use, such as the ‘J’ key for scrolling down posts, and ‘Q’ to bring up the chat window.
This sheet is more descriptive. It shows you how to share, edit, tag, and adjust the settings for photos, while giving you a few facts as you go along. It isn’t complete, but it is a nice look at how to share updates and navigate Google+.
If you want a more complete list of the basic functions of Google+ this one gives you all the hot keys, basic tagging, and more. It also covers things like chat features and how to make the site more intuitive for easier browsing.
With Timeline as the standard layout for Facebook accounts, it is more important than ever to know the different size and dimension requirements for customizing a page. This sheet covers all of the vitals.
If you know so little about Facebook that you continuously write status updates on other people’s walls, then this is a must-read sheet. It’s a great step-by-step guide for anyone who feels clueless.
We have touched on the fact that many cheat sheets have hot key codes for you to use. But you might be wondering what this actually means. These are just shortcuts that have been programmed by the site to allow you to press a couple of keys to bring up commands. For example, if you have IE as a browser you can hit ALT and the number three to bring up your friend request page. This sheet offers a rundown of all of those command codes.
This excellent document shows the different Twitter hot keys, whether you want to learn the basics or get into the more complicated examples.
This cheat sheet will be especially valuable for newbies who don’t know how to reply, private message, or re-tweet.
You have probably noticed that there is a specific kind of etiquette on Twitter. But figuring it out takes time. This infographic shows you the different ways of making sure that you follow proper etiquette, especially when using this social networking site for professional purposes.
General Social Media Cheat Sheets
A lot of people fail to understand how blocking on social media works. This will show you what putting in a standard block will do on each of the three main sites we just covered.
This one outlines most of the official rules of conduct on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Quora, and Reddit. Keep it handy next time you plan a campaign on social media to make sure you are in line with the official TOS.
If you are keeping up with all three social networks mentioned in this list, then keeping track of all those keyboard tricks isn’t easy. Luckily, this is a great cheat sheet of the most important ones.
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