Previously, I would have said that I was quite social media savvy. Granted, more of a visitor then a resident with most platforms, but social media literate. But oh how wrong I was!
I didn’t realise how many different platforms there were, and ones that I could benefit from. I knew full well about copywright etiquette, but didn’t know about Create Commons, and what a wonderful way of being able to safely share and use imagery. Bit.ly links (I keep going on about them), but seriously, who knew. My life will not be the same again thanks to Bit.ly, or should I say #CJBSsmdl for the introduction!
At the time, I didn’t overly enjoy the Twitter sessions. It’s hard to be in session, sitting in front of a computer, tapping away. It feels unsociable and rude, but it does the job and it isn’t until later you realise how beneficial this is. I signed up for Twitter a while ago, but could see no way of getting enthused by it. But all it takes is a small group of friends to follow, throw in a lively and active #CJBSsmdl to inspire conversation, and you get me! Zealous twitter user!
Overall with social media I am definitely more confident then before. I realise now the importance of saying something, sharing, replying, asking questions, commenting. It’s more important to be doing something then nothing, if you want to get anything out of it that is. Being a resident on platforms can be satisfying, seeing your tweets favourited or retweeted and then shortly followed by a new follower! I mean who would want to follow me, I have nothing interesting to say. But it’s better then saying nothing!
I’m not sure about what my next steps will be. I hope those that have found the drivers license useful will continue to network with each other, share opinions and ask questions. I think the journey we have been on together means we are all sympathetic and want to be helpful to each other. It can make a difference to the school, but to make a BIG difference will talk more then the 30 in cohort 1!
Me and Jasmin have already been set the task of coming up with ideas of how we can apply what we have learned to our team in Exec Ed. Creative Commons will be useful for LinkedIn posts as we can now use good imagery, legally! Bit.ly Links will look better on emails and help with precious tweet space. We can apply #hastags to our programmes and @Cambridgejbs which we have not done previously. I am trying to remember all the tools we have learned about in the past few weeks, there have been so many.
I hope the Social Media drivers license will run again, and again if need be! There are tonnes more ways and people in the school it could benefit, they just know it yet. I think it could have been longer, but then it could probably run forever given the rate of change in the digital landscape.
Now it is over, I will carry on wearing my social media dress – I quite like the way it fits!
Emerging Media, Twitter Bird, mkhmarketing – http://bit.ly/1mX1yqJ
social Media Dress, Anthony Stone – ://bit.ly/1jAEyP5