This is my first post related to social media in quite a while. My lapse is due to my hectic travel schedule this summer. In a 4.5 week period I traveled to The Gambia (in West Africa), Senegal, Sri Lanka, and India. I definitely raked up the mileage. I am also leaving again this weekend for another 3.5 week stint overseas. Never a dull moment. (If you want to read about my adventures abroad check out my travel blog).
That brings me to the topic of this blog. The basic question I am discussing in this blog is - Do you find it difficult to keep up with all the different social media tools, apps, etc. out there?
I will freely admit that I find it extremely difficult to keep up with all the changes with social media. Sometimes it changes by the minute. I think of myself as somewhat savvy when it comes to social media and even I find it difficult to stay abreast of best practices as it relates to social media and especially, international education. (For more on the topic of being a social media expert see my colleague's, @ericstoller, blog on this topic.) I do not think of myself as a social media expert, even though many refer to me as that. For me social media is a hobby. I fell into and enjoy learning about it.
However, right now it seems that every day there is a new form of social media being published and everyone is expected to jump on board and start using it. I don't feel the need to do this. I know that sounds strange for someone who enjoys social media but I think there is a finite amount of time in my day (I do have a full-time job not related to social media) and I need to spend that time wisely.
In addition, my philosophy as it relates to social media (not necessarily everything in my life) is that I would rather fully understand and be good at only a few of the more well-used technologies than no a little bit about many social media tools but not be able to effectively use any of them. Your thoughts on this?
Jumping on the social media bandwagon does not mean you have to know everything about every social media tool. To me it means being willing to understand how to use it, having a goal for using social media, and being consistent with its use. People have and do make a full time job out of social media. However, for most of us, we just want and need to know how to use it effectively and efficiently and will never fully understand, or want to understand, all the social media tools out there.
In the end, my advice for those using or thinking about using social media is to have a goal for wanting to learn how to use it, have an open mind, and be both patient and consistent with its use. Remember you get out of social media what you put it.
With that being said what are your favorite social media tools? What are your favorite uses for various social media tools? Also, are there any new social media tools that you have found to be particularly useful?
This blog is all about social media. I hope to offer tips, tricks, advice and more on using social media within international education and international travel.