Catching up with Learning 2.0 – Week 2, Social Networking
I can’t believe we’re already well into week 3 of our Learning 2.0 program! I have, I regret to say, fallen behind already, so this blog post will serve as a catch-up for me.
I absolutely love the video by CommonCraft introducing Social Networking. Before watching it, I understood that the purpose of social networking applications was to connect you with other people, but the video help me tease out the key concept that social networking connects me not only with my friends but with friends of friends–and that the resulting network makes it much easier to find colleagues and forge new connections.
Here’s the video:
I have been using Facebook since I was at The Claremont Colleges. When I accepted the position here at EKU, I was delighted to see that several folks were already using Facebook, and I used this social networking tool to begin to get to know my future co-workers. I met lots of really great people at ALA who have also become my “friends” on Facebook; ironically, this has really brought home the fact to me how valuable face-to-face connections are to us human beings. I would not have felt it appropriate to seek out these folks and add them as my friends on Facebook until I had spent some time in the same room with them. Though I welcome connections from other like minds who add me before meeting me, there is an added dimension in my relationships (using that word loosely, here!) with the “friends” I have met in real life that is still somehow missing with the few whom I have not yet met.
If you are tired of simply poking people and seeing their interests expressed as blocks of boring text, I suggest that you add a few applications. My favorite are the Harry Potter spells application, iRead and flixter. I also like the Cities I’ve Visited Application and think that the applications that pull content from sites like Twitter and Dopplr are worth taking a look at. YMMV with those.