In all things human, education

Well, a few days into the course and I am down the rabbit hole.

One tweet leads to instagram, which leads to website, which leads to an article, which leads to a different article, to a twitter feed, to a new post, to a new twitter feed, to a new article, to a new picture..and on it goes. Unfollowers, follow back, ping back (?) what is this new language of social media? Direct message, retweet, favorite…what exactly are the protocols here of engagement? If sometime favorites my tweet, do I need to write back? If they comment on Facebook, do I always like their reply?

Social media is a complex world that mutters like a mad woman in my ear. Rapid jumps and leaps between topics are like the synapses of a giant brain, attention racing from one snappish neuron to the next, uniting us all in a vast web of information technology.

Our task: purify the junk. Streamline the lines. Control the inputs.

As my prof says, “It’s not an all you can eat buffet. It’s all you care to eat.”

My dears, at this moment, I am positively stuffed.

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  • Germangirlfsu

    Rachel,
    I know exactly how you feel! All the ling is swirling around in my head and it’s difficult to know what to use, click on, process, etc. What tools are you using to streamline? I’ve signed up for Netvibes, but that’s a bit confusing as well!

  • Rachel

    Netvibes! I’ll have to check it out!
    I’ve just started using Feed.ly and Hootsuite. Hootsuite is a great tool for managing social media channels (twitter, facebook, google plus) and feed.ly manages the blogs/ websites that you want to keep track of. I’m currently unsubscribing to all the emails the fill my inbox and electing to follow relevant blogs on feed.ly instead! Let me know if you find any more good ones 🙂

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