Thursday, October 14, 2010

Teaching How to 'Be Social'

Remember when e-mail first debuted? We made up our own rules as we went, used it how we chose, and tended to be a bit careless. Then, we learned e-mail etiquette and we were taught how to use e-mail appropriately - both for business and personal.

Social media is no different. It has its own language, its own culture, and its own etiquette. As Eric Qualman so eloquently reminds us, social media is a fundamental shift in the way we communicate. Although the platforms (Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc.) may evolve or change, the fact that our way of communicating in this engaged manner has not and will not.

To participate in social media, we need to learn how to 'be social.' Being social means knowing our purposes, what is appropriate to post and what is not, how to interact, handling conflict, using correct terminology, but most of all, knowing what we are sharing and with whom by protecting our privacy on our social media accounts.

Being social not only provides us with invaluable knowledge, but it helps us teach the next generation to use this mode of communication that will shape their workforce and skill sets. I'll talk about that more in Tuesday's blog.

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