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Webinar teaches about social networking

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"Tweeting" and "poking" is common terminology in the social networking world, but to many these Twitter and Facebook terms may as well be a foreign language. To help educate people, one Wilmington company, Talk, Inc., hosted a free webinar to teach professionals the basics of social media. More than one hundred people from around the country tuned in to get tips. "This is new to everyone,” said William Davis of UNCW. “These are new technologies, what's popular last year is not popular this year and the same will be true next year, so it's a learning process and mistakes will be made and that is part of new media, it's the fact that it is virgin ground for everyone involved." Debbie Elliott presented the webinar. She said social media is one of the greatest marketing opportunities of the century. Blogging, and being active on social networks can help others find you on the web and drive traffic to your site. She explained social networks can open a lot of doors to opportunity, but only if used in a professional manner. Those tuned in to the webinar were able to interact by typing in questions. Katie White hopes to make a career out of social media, so this webinar was especially helpful for her. "Especially in public relations, social media is the new frontier. So it's especially important, especially in this economy to understand where the industry is going. Because of the webinar, I’m now able to say I understand social media and I may have a one-up on other candidates."

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Big things on the horizon

Social media is evolving along with the technology. Webinars are a good way to stay informed. It is not just knowing where the market is today, but where is it going that will keep people and companies thriving.