Bonus Social Media Story: Show Me Yours and I’ll Show You Mine!

Bonus Social Media Story: Show Me Yours and I’ll Show You Mine!

If you were not part of #hewebcornell (HighEdWeb Regional Conference at Cornell), you may have missed some good conversations around social media, including the .eduGuru crew’s own social media stories.  But you didn’t have to miss it.  The power of social media is that people from anywhere could have been following along.

Recently at another conference, I had a conversation with a faculty member who attended virtually and wondered if the tweets were more about socializing than ideas.  I argued that twitter does lead to sharing ideas:

At #hewebcornell, I mentioned that I have “virtual coworkers” with whom sometimes I work more closely than my physical coworkers.  If you look at my “@” replies in a tag cloud, you will find the people with whom I am collaborating on some of my biggest projects (even though the “@” replies themselves look like absolute gibberish).  For example, if @robin2go and I didn’t have the dynamic we have, we wouldn’t have done “What Not to Wear on the Web: A Fashion Show”.  If @dancinjul and I didn’t play tricksters via twitter across our university, we would have never pitched a traveling “conference in miniature” for our campus libraries.  If it had not been for twitter and tweetmeets with @micala and @bnr1, I wouldn’t have thought to get together with them to pitch a group topic on distance communication for a learning design conference last summer.

The point I’m trying to make is this: You need to feel comfortable with each other and become virtual coworkers to pitch ideas when you do not do not have proximity going for you in a working relationship.

Sometimes you need the informal.  Sometimes you need the minutiae. Sometimes you even need @fienen’s nipple to break the ice.  It’s only when people bare it all that barriers are broken and people can share ideas.   Sometimes you need to show me yours before I can show you mine.

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This post was written by:

Nikki Massaro Kauffman

Nikki Massaro Kauffman - who has written 42 posts on .eduGuru

Nikki is a multimedia specialist with Penn State's World Campus Learning Design unit, creating and editing multimedia for online courses.

Previously, she was technology training coordinator with the Penn State University Libraries, responsible for technology training offered in the Libraries' 20+ departments and 30+ library locations.  

Over the years, she's been she served as an interim associate director of instructional technology and multimedia, a programmer, a database specialist, a Microsoft Certified Master Instructor, a continuing education instructor for seniors and adults with disabilities, and a high school English and communications technology teacher.  

Her interests are in the areas where technology, training, and communication intersect.  She holds degrees in both computer science and in education.  She is also an insomniac and an extreme extrovert with an indiscriminate love of language (including expletives).

3 Responses to “Bonus Social Media Story: Show Me Yours and I’ll Show You Mine!”

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    Michael Fienen Says:

    So yep, I can see that photo is gonna have to end up on a shirt. Anyone wanna buy some advertising space on my chest? Golden Palace?


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    trade show display Says:

    Hmm. Is there a twitter addon that filters only for people attending a certain virtual event? There are probably ways to do this but is there an actual thing dedicated to this?


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    wilhb81 Says:

    Yeah, you’re definitely have the point here, Nikki. If we cannot engaging a good relationship with our coworkers, then it’s very hard to share the same commitment in the work…


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