I have really enjoyed the SMDL course and the gusto with which the I&LS team have delivered it. I’ve learnt loads and still have a long way to go. I’m by no means a resident yet but am much less of a visitor. My lego models from our last playful session have an optimistic flavour I think, for example this one regarding my path ahead in social media terms:
One thing I’m very clear about is that I’m never going to be someone that lives in the parallel universe of my online life. I heard an interview with the author Nikesh Shukla, whose book Meatspace opens with what I would regard as a horror scenario:
The first and last thing I do everyday is see what strangers are saying about me. I pull the laptop closer from the other side of the bed and press refresh on my inboxes. I have a Google calendar alert that tells me I have no events scheduled today, an assortment of Twitter and Facebook notifications, alerting me to 7 new followers, a favourite of a tweet thanking someone for liking my book, an invite to an event I’ll never go to, spam from Play and Guardian Jobs. Hayley Bankcroft has sent me a direct message about an event we’re both doing next week. Amazon recommends I buy the book I wrote……
I don’t have enough time and energy for REAL LIFE inputs (eg those things called books, my beautiful grand piano), so I’m going to engage with social media in a very strategic, focused way. To do that, my 3 point plan is
1. to keep practising to achieve fluency – especially to use Hootsuite to organise my various channels, get mores skilled with image handling tools, enjoy a daily ration of Feedly;2. to discuss with my EMBA colleagues the scope to increase our use of social media to good effect for the programme and our participants;
3. to keep inspired and up to date by listening to the BBC World Service Programme Click which describes itself as providing “the best debate about world technology, social media and the internet” – it’s great!