Monthly Archives: November 2010

It’s about the utility

How’s your Google-fu these days? If you have a question, how do you find an answer?

Better yet, how do you find an answer that you trust?

Social media is an ever-growing set of tools that allow you to build relationships with peers and with people that you may be too in awe of to ever approach in real life. That network of relationships provides insight and opportunities that you may never have known existed otherwise. It also allows you to share what you are doing to a wider audience who may be interested in collaborating, supporting, or just cheering you on.

At The Learning Generalist, Sumeet Moghe shares his thoughts on Mark Oehlert’s workshop on tools for the Social Learning Landscape. The tricky part is embedded in his suggestion that “you need to find the reasons why people will want to engage and will be interested.” Mark also mentions that it’s not information overload, it’s filter failure. Social media needs to integrate into work and build context around people’s work so it doesn’t become one more extra thing to do.

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