“Facebook and social media actually makes you more productive”(1)
Posted by Jennifer Smoot
Hmmm. That was a very provocative statement to make to those of us always looking for an excuse to be on social media of one sort or another! It is also probably the first time I have ever heard the words “social media” and “productive” in the same sentence. In either case, while the author may be stretching it, it does not hurt to look at how social media can make you more productive. The grocery store example on pages 4-5 of Socailnomics might be a little on the over exaggerated side but there have definitely been times when I have put out a request for help on Facebook and have gotten quick and great responses – especially when looking for help when something goes wrong with my house, car, computer, etc. Referrals from friends for services are some of the best out there, especially when you know and respect the person the information is coming from. While shopping for a prom dress for my daughter last year, she would have me take pictures of her in it. Then she would sit there and goof around on her phone, or so I thought. Little did I know that all her friends were on Twitter commenting on which dress she should pick. I guess a mom’s opinion just doesn’t count anymore! Needless to say, the responses were within a minute of posting so it really did not take any time at all for her to make her decision – a HUGE time saver for me!
I also loved the comment “We no longer search for the news – it finds us” (Qualman, 2009, p. 9). This is how I look at Twitter these days. I am following companies or news sources that I find interesting. As long as I have my feed open, I will get the news as soon as it is posted. If the post sounds interesting, I will click on the link to read the full story. While some might find it distracting, I have learned to filter out what I really don’t want to look at, or I can tune it out altogether when I am focusing on other things. At the same time, when I am able to glance at it, I can easily pick the stories I want to read more about and ignore the rest. When I search through regular websites, I most definitely spend a lot more time trying to find the news I really want to read. I will take the hand picked twitter feeds any day.
If there is anything we can learn from our readings this week it is that the world has been and always will be a changing, dynamic place. I am eternally grateful for any and all forms of technology that have come along in recent years. If a company, or a career/technical field cannot keep up with the changes, then evolution has done its job. Survival of the fittest at its best!
(1) Qualman, E. (2009). Socialnomics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Hoboken, NJ.
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