Reading my first post (Initial Musings), I’d be the first to admit that I sound like a naive kindergartener on the first day of school. Buzzwords are sprinkled throughout and I even ask the rhetorical philosophical question, “Is all digital media inherently social or is all social media inherently digital?”
Months later, I’m glad I’ve learned enough that I can laugh at the fact that I thought that I might walk away with an answer to that question. I don’t think anyone knows the answer.
Here’s what I have learned:
- Double check your tweets because the lack of an edit feature is frustrating when you make a typo (Simultaneously be grateful for the fact that your “worst nightmare” is a spelling “the” as “teh” and that that is not a crisis, which is unfortunately not what other brands can say after going down in Twitter-infamy for egregious social media mistakes).
- Expand your breadth of reading. While people raise concerns about how algorithms may filter the news and effectively change the world we live in, don’t self impose limits on your knowledge by sticking to your go-to favorite sources (As much as I love Adrianne LaFrance’s commentary on technology news at The Atlantic, I need to cast a wider net to learn more).
- Our class coincided with the Apple vs FBI case in the names of data encryption and privacy rights. Related to the concept of privacy, I was introduced to the social implications of data encryption and privacy. How does dependence on public wifi make certain populations more at risk of profiling or less privacy?
- I leave more of a data trail than I realized. While I sometimes wonder what ever happened to my old gmail account from 8th grade, my neopet account (don’t worry, I cringed for you at that admission), or any other random account I made in middle school, what about the data that I’m freely giving away now that is of much more significance than juvenile AIM conversations? I (may) have a FitBit. I (may) have a Tile on my key chain. My iPhone is (potentially) always within a few feet of me. (Is it bad to admit to what technology you use on a public blog?)
- There’s a whole world of enterprise/corporate social media tools waiting for me on the other side of graduation. Before this class, I knew about Slack and a few others. I didn’t know about smart badges that can measure influence and productivity. I’m sure there’s a host of enterprise tools that I’ll come across with over the course of my career and a large portion probably haven’t been invented yet.
As a result of the class Twitter feed, weekly readings, and individual presentations, I feel like I am emerging from a super intensive course on all things related to social media. While we were free to explore our own particular interests at depth, exposure to a variety of topics at least at a surface level provided a great base foundation in digital technology and its business implications. I’m grateful for that exposure because I know it will make me a better decision maker in the future.
My personal knowledge has come a long way and I’m grateful to everyone in the class because everyone contributed to it. Thank you.