Ten tools for creating attention-getting social media messages

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It is not enough to simply post text in social media messages. Tweets with images garner three times more engagement, such as through likes, retweets, follows, clicks, and comments. Social media messages without accompanying visuals are a missed opportunity. This article describes 10 simple tools and accompanying techniques for creating attractive graphics and videos for use with social media: Canva, Paint, Piktochart, grayed out images, hand-drawn sketches, stock images, personal photos, PicCollage, GIFs, and Boomerang. Visuals should be copyright free and fit the content of a post. Time can be saved through repurposing existing images and videos for use in social media content.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2TOT7
JournalJournal of Extension
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education


  • Graphic design
  • Social media
  • Social networking
  • Twitter


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