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Research involving the use of social medial and the internet (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, MTurk etc.) has grown exponentially over the past few years. 

It is imperative that the researcher be aware of the dynamic and evolving nature of utilizing these technologies in human subjects research. 

Because this field is constantly evolving, it is impossible to identify every circumstance or type of research activity that may involve social media or the internet. 

Social media is an internet-based mode of communication that allows users to interact with the medium (typically a website) and/or other users of the medium. Social media is a broad term that includes social networking (e.g. Facebook and Twitter), social photo and video sharing (e.g. Shutterfly and YouTube) and interactive websites.

Here is some guidance to help you create your protocol when utilizing the internet, social media, or mobile apps.