Friday, November 9, 2007

organization integration proposal

As you work on your social media organization integration proposal, you might want to check out this post from Voce's Josh Hallett as he walks through the Georgia Aquarium's use of Flickr.

The proposal, as stated in the syllabus, must suggest a specific tool and include:
  • rationale -- why should the organization be concerned, what opportunities exist
  • background on the tool -- who is using it, what is it
  • steps of integration -- provide specific "how to" steps, be detailed & consider it directions for dummies!
  • suggest a way to track the effectiveness -- metrics!
The proposal is due to me via e-mail by 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

One more :)

In addition to my interview with Paull Young, I thought you may be interested in checking out my e-mail interview with Erin Caldwell -- one of our social media spotlights, founder of Forward blog and a wayyy cool, interesting person. Read it here!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Social Media Resume

Have you ever stared at your half-finished resume wondering how you were going to make it seem unique? I have, and in my frustration last week, I gave up. I decided to take a break and look at the blogs I follow. Amazingly, I came across some useful information...the social media resume.

Listen to what I learned.

Here are some links that I refer to in the podcast:

Paull Young
Bryper Blog
Six Pixels of Separation

Interview with Paull Young

Thanks to Paull Young for doing an e-mail interview with me for my blog. Check out the interview! He recommended some great podcasts, offers advice for getting into rugby and lets me in on his guilty pleasure. :)

Monday, November 5, 2007

Wikipedia: Your Source for Obscure Information

The events of my day have left me very razdraz, fellow classmates. First, I had to be up at an hour I don't care to mention to itty off to skolliwoll. Just as I was heading out of town, I viddied the lights of a millicent behind me wanting me to stop. He was a bolshy veck, with a wide brooko and he told me that I was going 14 over the speed limit. Well this made me quite bezoomny but I politely told him that I was on my way to skolliwoll and didn't want to be late. Well this veck proceeded to scold me like I was some malenky malchick for about five minootas before letting me go with a warning. It shocked me because I thought he was a real bratchny. Anyway, I got out of there skorry and went on my way. Then I finally got to my class (late, thanks to the millicent) and had to slooshy as the teacher veck went on and on about some chepooka. I was not feeling very horrowshow at this point. Later I was off to get some pishcha in town. I settled on a Japanese place that was a malenky bit expensive. I ended up with no pretty polly in my pockets and a very marginal meal to show for it. After getting back home, I first fed the koshka and then started upstairs to study. I tolchocked my big toe on the last wooden step. Now I'm typing this post but I'm very fagged and need to zasnoot soon so that I can be up to go rabbit early in the morning. Maybe it seems silly to you that I'm complaining about these malenky annoying veshches that filled my day, but I'm just worn out. Have any of you vecks or devotchkas ever felt that way?

Confused? Probably so, unless you're intimately familiar with the Anthony Burgess' "A Clockwork Orange." The strange words I used are drawn from Nadsat - the language used the principle character and his droogs (or friends) in the aforementioned book. Anyway, I've always liked the novel and have oft wondered what it would be like to write a diary blog using only Nadsat. Sometimes I toss in a few words in my daily conversations. My friends really hate it. But the good news is, Wikipedia can help you understand everything I just said. You see, somebody took the time to compile a real horrowshow (or good) list of all the Nadsat you need to know. So check it out, and get a sense of just how awful my day turned out. Huzzah for obscure Wikipedia uses!

Oh, and I'll be sure to let you know if I do end up writing that blog... =)

Digital Natives: The Students of Today

I am sure many of you remember our Aussie friend Paull Young, one of the speakers at UGA Connect who entreated us as students to take advantage of being a digital native.

On his personal blog, Young PR, he had some interesting thoughts about how our generation of students is already surrounded by this digital age and constantly immersed in technology. Consequently our passion for using these tools is what is going to change the communication industry.

Paull also had this awesome YouTube video on "A Vision of Students Today".

It reminded me of the video we watched early in the semester Web 2.0...The Machine is Us/ing Us. Well a bit more digging and crikey! They were done by the same guy!

Professor Michael Wesch at Kansas State University teaches a class on digital ethnography. His class is doing a similar assignment to our social media project in that they are all trying to become successful vloggers or video bloggers.

I am amazed at how much there is to learn about the influence of all this techie stuff on businesses, public relations and even cultures. Even projects that mere students and recent grads, like Erin Caldwell, are doing are having an impact on different areas of communications and social media.

As students of today's classrooms, we should expect integration of all these tools and applications in our education. UGA does a great job "Building a New Learning Environment" in the classes we take. There is even an article in today's Red & Black about Dr. Shamp's Second Life class.

But like Paull says, our learning must continue when we leave UGA, turning the web into our classroom. It is wonderful that students have classes available to them now to introduce new ways to communicate and foster relationships. When we graduate we must take it upon ourselves to continue to find and use the newer ways of social media that will inevitably be there.