As a social media neophyte I began the week with a mixture of equal parts excitement and trepidation. Perhaps you remember our on campus experience? When Caricia was sorting the class based on social media experience Renee and I were always alone at the back and I was glad to see it was not only based on age since she is much younger than I am. I am going to keep an open mind but I am not convinced I will finish the course with an appreciation of the utility of this medium for everyone. However, here are the top three things I have learned so far:
1. Be Choosy
The biggest reason my head hurts is there is just too, too, too much stuff out there. I now realize how my son can stay on his computer all night long; it is so easy to get onto one blog and then get sucked into the next link and then the one after that. But, I still have a life when the laptop is off and really, who has the time? I will need to select narrow topics and stay focused.
2. Investigate the Opinionater
It’s one thing to take at face value the cute kitten video but when someone is offering something that could be considered “factual” the source needs to be considered. I am not yet sure how the on-line “journalist” should be vetted; any suggestions are appreciated. At least legacy journalism requires some credentials and comes with some oversight.
3. Take Baby Steps
I suppose this one should be obvious but I wanted my post to be flashy and have video and links to everything else but I’ll be happy if this just makes it to the blog intact. I am not a technophobe but when it comes to learning new gizmos I find the best approach is “let’s find out what this button does…click”. Very effective but it usually takes me longer and I spend a lot of time with the “undo” button. However, I am comforted knowing whatever team I end up on after graduation next year will be filled with millennials and I can be happy with my not-so-smart phone.