Social Media – How to Use it Like a 6th Grader!

Social Media According to 6th Graders

So how hard is Social Media really?

Well, according to this 6th grade method- not that hard! It just seems that us grown ups seem to complicate things when the whole thing can be boiled down to just 5 simple steps.

A friend of mine directed me to this rather simple, silly, cute and somewhat accurate Slideshare presentation by Kyoo Slides about how to use Social Media like an 11 year old. And what do you know? These little bubbly pre-pubescent twinkies may just have a point.

This post has got to be the shortest I’ve written to date lol. But hey, once in a while, it’s good to share something that’s quick and fun :D.

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Ingrid Abboud aka 'Griddy' is a whole lot of things with a ridiculous amount of interests. For one, I'm a Social Media enthusiast with a tremendous passion for writing and blogging. I'm also a pretty cool Copywriter but a more serious MarCom Consultant. But most of all, I'm the proud owner and driving force behind - A Kinda Social Media Journal with Net News & more.

  • Jennifer Devitt

    HAHA!! As a mom of a 6th grader…can I say, this is just like her!! And, you know what, they are right!

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Glad you liked this Jennifer. I loved this as well when I saw it. They make it so simple – and you know what? It is.

      They are right indeed!
      Thanks for the comment.


  • Sensei Matt Klein

    This is fantastic. Dead simple. Especially like “Being Candid”.

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hi Sensei Matt,

      Welcome and thanks for stopping by and sharing your 2 cents.
      Glad you enjoyed this little but fun-filled post of simple tips.
      Some good all-round advice to follow.


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  • TJ McDowell

    Completely agree. It’s not rocket science. I think a lot of people are in search of a “secret weapon” for social media marketing. The closest you’ll get to a secret weapon is to keep things simple and be authentic.

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey TJ,

      Nice to see you here.
      I often come across your well-thought out comments on Famous Bloggers :).

      I like how you put it – “secret weapon”. And it’s really no secret at all. As you said – simplicity and authenticity are key along with a couple other things.

      Indeed, figuring out how to use Social Media properly does not require a Masters Degree from MIT.

      The very basics are not more than common sense.
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your 2 cents. Looking forward to seeing you here more often.


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  • Anonymous

    Hahaha that slide is AWESOME!!

    Love the simplicity of it, and its so on the money too!
    I was just talking to a friend about social media and telling them how it is made way more confusing than it needs to be! I like the KISS method. Because Keeping It Simple (Stupid) is really the key

    Awesome post, and thanks for sharing the slide. Actually gets me thinking that this is the way of the future. You get the beauty of video but the reader (thats me) gets to choose how long or short it takes to get the information.


    • Ingrid Abboud

      Alex – here too? Hahaha
      Lovin’ the support from you – thanks so much!

      I thought this presentation was brilliant actually – so simple and so spot on in every way! I’m sure there are a few things that can be added but it really touches upon the main points – and in an entertaining way – which makes it all the more pleasant to read and digest the info.

      To me – there’s a lot of common sense involved – at least when it comes to properly using Social Media.

      I gotta’ tell you though, they’re right about us grown-ups – we really do tend to complicate things sometimes ;). And I totally agree with you on the KISS method. Right on!

      I’m glad you enjoyed this little post – it’s indeed short but loaded with intelligent information thanks to the slide show! I’ll be on the lookout for more of these witty presentations to pass on what is hopefully some useful info.

      Once again – it’s a pleasure having you here. Your thoughts and 2 cents are always welcome and very much appreciated!

      Cheers and happy turkey day 😉

  • Michele Welch

    Seriously, it really is about keeping it simple. We DO complicate things as we get older, don’t we? Very cool slideshow Ingrid. Short and to the point. As it should be. 😉

    Thanks for sharing this!

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Well Hello again Michele :),We really do, I couldn’t agree with you more. And not just with Social Media matters lol.I’m glad I came across this slideshare – people are obviously enjoying it and it does make some excellent points that we should all think about.Thanks for leaving your 2 cents. They’re always appreciated here :).Cheers

  • Adam

    Hi Ingrid,

    This was nice and simple:)

    Social networks are meant to be simple as well, only people tend to complicate everything hoping to get more out of social networks. But this is not truth. Using a common sense and transparency should be a compulsory subject in the school.


    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hi Adam,
      Thanks for coming by here and sharing your thoughts.

      Very true – Social Media does indeed involve a lot of common sense and transparency as you so well pointed out. Of course, it also involves a few other things – but these two points are quite important and are part of the basics.

      Have a nice weekend.

  • Lavenderuses

    Hi Ingird

    I notice short post but long comments lol Like me you can’t do short posts. The short ones on Tristan’s blog don’t count cos of the number of comments you did 😉

    Really good to have met you and I’m enjoying your many and varied posts. Sure isn’t boring over here. BTW this baby boomer likes first grader standards if anything techie….just sharing lol

    Have a great weekend Ingrid.

    Patricia Perth Australia

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Patricia,

      It’s really nice to see you here :). Thanks for stopping by to leave one of your usual awesome comments that us bloggers so thoroughly enjoy reading!

      Well, it looks like I’ve become known for my novel length comments and posts lol. I think you and I share that in common – all the power to us Mrs. Lavender Queen :).

      I’m thrilled that you’re enjoying my blog and the content that I’m putting out. It means a lot – thank you. I do my best to keep it entertaining all while trying to provide useful information.

      I’ll make sure to try and keep your baby boomer ‘likes’ in mind when coming up with future posts.

      Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

      I’m looking forward to your next article. It sure is nice to read work that so visibly portrays the person’s passion and knowledge on the topic. You’re doing a heck of a job Patricia. Keep at it.


  • Olin Hyde


    Now I have a nice little URL to throw back at all the old laggards that refuse to participate in social media and the scam artists (SEO firms) that try to make it more complicated than it really is.

    Great posting. I will RT!

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Olin,
      How are you today?

      Lol! Indeed you do. Go crazy with the URL ;).

      I’m glad you liked this little post. By far the shortest one I’ve written but it was just too simple and true not to include here – not to mention amusing :).

      I guess it’s true after all – we grown ups do tend to complicate things sometimes. In this case, all it really is – is common sense plus a few things here and there.

      I appreciate you sharing your thoughts as well as your RT. Very kind. Thank you so much.


  • TristanH

    “I like your necklace. Wanna be friends?” Hahaha. That was my favorite one.

    Frankly, I’m surprised that you were able to write a post this short :)

    I think one particularly useful slide is the “To the point that it all becomes overwhelming” one that shows a bazillion social media icons. I mean come on, people. Are Bufugg and Stizaple and whatever other stupidly named, crappy social media sites really that popular that you need to include them on your blog? I think the major problem is that when you do this, the ones that matter (like Twitter, Facebook, etc.) are overwhelmed and get lost, and people and up not taking any action.

    And I very much agree that being candid on your blog is uber important. People want to see the real you, not some processed, partially hydrogenated, high fructose corn syrup version of you.

    I have done several YouTube videos but I do need to do more of them…

    Thanks for sharing, Ingrid! And again, props on the short post :)

    • Ingrid Abboud

      LOL Tristan!I once got the “nice pumps, can I try them on?” I’m almost sure it was an attempt to be friends. heheWell Tristan, I don’t how deserving my itty bitty post here is of that awesome comment of yours. Actually, your comment is longer than my post – nice to see the reversal here hahaha. And in case you’re wondering, YES, it was a challenge keeping it nice and short ;).Okay too many lol’s here but what can I do, I’m actually smiling while replying.Being candid is what I like. Like you said, people want to see or know the real you and not the uberly cool descriptions and analogies you used :). I can go to a million sites to find lifeless, monotonous regurgitations from people that portray no individual personality in their writing. And I’m sure a lot of people may prefer that – but personally, I don’t.As for Bufugg and Stizaple – I can’t believe you actually had me Googling those to see WTF? lolBut yes, the whole social media icon frenzy can be a bit overwhelming. I say, stick to the ones that matter to you. Social Media is not so much about being everywhere as it is about being where you want to be and most importantly where your target market is. And nobody’s target market is everyone and everywhere – at least I don’t think. But I actually think that regardless of all the icons you come across – Facebook and Twitter and a couple others will be the ones that are most recognized.Thanks a lot for stopping by Mr. Higbee. Always a pleasure to read you here – and elsewhere of course :).Glad you liked the presentation – they really did a great job with it. But most of all, glad you approve of my new and successful challenge – the short, but fun and useful post!Cheers

  • Ingrid Abboud

    Hey Murlu,Nice to see you here. I appreciate that you stopped by to read and leave your 2 cents :).I very much agree with what you said. To me it’s just common sense and diplomacy – in a kindergarten/middle school kind of way lol. It’s all about being friendly (to a degree), courteous, honest, engaging and interested. If you want to play with the other kids, then you must be willing to share and reciprocate. I’ve been introduced to some awesome blogs and peeps during my short time blogging. And therefore I find it only natural (and it’s a pleasure) to share the one’s I come across with the rest of the blogosphere so they too can enjoy reading, interacting and maybe even benefit from the works of other intelligent, funny, creative, insightful…folks.I really thought this little presentation here was not only fun but spot on in many ways. I’m glad you enjoyed it too.I look forward to seeing you around these parts more often as well as reading more of your great articles.Cheers

  • Murlu

    That’s really the secret to it all – it’s treating those connections you gain on any social network like you would a new friend you found during recess – you share things in common – talk with them – introduce them to your friends – you be generally helpful.

    There is a lot of overload on social networks; so much so that I think there’s a backlash (in some ways) – you only really need a few profiles to cover it all because trying to go after every one of them is foolish – you can’t keep up with everything so you lose those connections.