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Social Media 101: Resources For Activists & Citizen Journalists

These resources were used while creating the Oh Shit! What Now? Social Media 101 class, or offer opportunities for further learning. You’ll also find links to websites and apps which can help movement organizers and citizen journalists on social media.


  • Boomerang — create 6 second looping animated gifs
  • Instaweather — put weather info on your photos
  • Layout — create pretty photogrids
  • Photoshop Express — simple way to edit photos on the fly
  • IFTTT — a powerful way to link up sites and automate (for example, tie your calendar to your Twitter)
  • Signal — encrypted, private SMS and voice chat that’s Edward Snowden approved
  • Tweetdeck — manage multiple Twitter accounts, schedule Tweets, powerful view of Twitter searches & hashtags
  • Vidstitch — create video and photo grids, like Layout plus videos



  • Tweets and the Streets by Paolo Gerbaudo — this book is very academic and somewhat dry, but if you want a deep dive into how social media can influence movements this is a great study


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