Licenced to drive?

Well you might think not as I just wrote a fabulous post only to accidentally delete it. Oops. Here’s a precis:

I’ve enjoyed the course, the learning process and doing it alongside great colleagues and I feel much better armed for the social media fray than I did before I signed up.

Apart from what’s what, I think the most important thing I’ve realised is that there is so much social power behind social media. It has the potential for massive reach – so on a professional level, I feel honour bound to embrace Twitter at least.

To the people who created and delivered the CJBSSmdl: THANK YOU. A more knowledgable, enthusiastic and friendly team of people you’d be hard pushed to find and I appreciate your efforts.

I won’t know what to do with myself in the small hours of the night without a blog post deadline – perhaps I’ll carry on for fun…

My pic is of a guy surfing. It’s a metaphor for how I feel about social media now! I’m describing it because iPad seems incapable of doing anything with the photo tools and the link may not work:

photo credit: El Coleccionista de Instantes via photopin cc


Photos Pinned

This was the session I missed and tried to follow from my sick bed – didn’t entirely work out but if nothing else it was an exercise in how to use Twitter to keep track of an event.

After the honour of a 1:1 catch up with Ange however, I’m fully up to speed. My pick of the share and care tools has to be photo pin. With intelligent searching I can find the pic I want, use it for my own purposes and I don’t need to worry about legalities because that’s all been thought through. It’s totally brilliant.

There’s always a fly in the ointment though and I’ve discovered that iPads are not the best devices to use when trying to get a pic out of photo pin and into my blog. It may not work. Here goes…

photo credit: opensourceway via photopin cc

Social media and the job market


 I listened to Karen Siegfried speaking about the uses of social media by MBA students.  I wasn’t surprised to learn that students need to have an active and professional social media presence  if they want to be competitive in the job market.  I was kind of surprised though at the extent to which employers use social media as a way to pre-select candidates and to check up that their stated interests are real.  The moral of the story in the MBA job marked context seems to be woe betide you if you’re not all over social media – you’re not going to make the cut! 

 Karen also drew an interesting comparison between your LinkedIn profile and your CV – it seems they are now of equal value.  This is a salutary lesson for me – yes I have a LinkedIn profile and no, I don’t particularly maintain it – clearly I need to do something about that.

Armed for the fray


I liked Storify – it does what it says on the tin – pulls together a social media campaign into a story. I like the neatness and the simplicity of the concept. I like that you don’t have to mess about too much with formatting.

Hoot suite was a bit more complicated and therefore a bit less cool. But I totally get the concept of it. I can’t imagine ever having so much going on in twitter that I’d need a tool to organise it for me. Still, you never know…

There’s an obvious point to for Twitter users and Feedly for people with multiple social media feeds.

There’s a pretty obvious value to all of these tools and I now feel much better armed to enter the social media fray than I did before.

To Tweet or not to Tweet? Live tweeting experience

birds on wire

My experience of live tweeting was mixed. One of the purported uses of Twitter is that it can be a great tool for making a record of an event. As a former secretary/minute taker of practically every committee at CJBS at one time or another this caught my interest and I approached the tweetathon with this question in mind: is it possible to use Twitter as a minute taking tool, ditching formal minute taking in the process? And this is what I discovered:

It’s hard but it doesn’t half concentrate your mind. I missed some content because of fiddling about with # and @ but it was an exhilarating experience.  I don’t have the answer after just one session but it’s something I’d like to keep exploring who knows, formal minute taking may soon be superseded (hurrah!).

More generally though, live tweeting doesn’t quite sit well with me yet. My pavlovian response to a room full of people tweeting is this: When you’re tweeting you’re not really in the room – you’re not giving your full attention to the speaker, you’re not ‘joining in’. It feels disrespectful to the speaker and to  everyone else in the room.

I’m sure there’s a happy medium somewhere – I think it’s all about the expectations – if social media use  is publicised in advance of an event and everyone know its happening ‘legitimately’ that’s fine. I still may not be able to sit next to a tweeter without thinking: ‘bit rude’ though…

On to the Adventure


I’ve been diligently engaging with Twitter all week. I have to make myself do it. I’m still not sure that I understand the point or the value of hash tags and I kind of resent spending my evenings learning the art of Twitter.  So hash tag so what?


I’m bogged down in the minutiae at the moment, working out what I want to say, the etiquette around editing someone else’s tweet, remembering to search for hash tags first. It’s a tiny bit tedious if I’m honest.


I shared much of my frustration with my office mate yesterday as one does. In response I got a passionate, eloquent soliloquy about the joys and the value of social media and Twitter in particular. It seems the opportunities are many and endless.

I’m lucky because my office mate is our team’s newest recruit and she’s here to do social media.  She’s a social media evangelist and she’s not alone. Our place is scattered with fabulous people who do this brilliantly and want to share their expertise – take the lovely people running the SMDL for example.


So I’ll keep plugging away because I want to get past the frustration and on to the adventure.