Tag Archive | week 8

A final ramble up and down the SMDL

Hurrah! This is the final week of the Social Media Driving Licence, 8 weeks of intense and fun learning.  We ventured into the obscure and unknown world of social media, and guided by the hand of super savvy online gurus we’ve been enlightened and given a solid grounding on the use of the most popular applications.

I joined the programme with one clear objective in mind; I wanted to stop being only a visitor and become a resident on the different platforms. I’ve been using social media for some time, both personally and professionally, but always lacked the confidence to interact with people I didn’t know. What this course has given me it’s the perfect motivation to be more active, mainly on Twitter, and to reinforce my understanding of social media in general.

Am I a Twitter resident now? I’ve definitely stopped being an observer, I’ve tweeted more on these last 8 weeks than what I tweeted in the 3 years since I signed up. As a consequence, my number of followers has gone up and I have even had conversations, how exciting! Having more followers me gives me a kind of (good) pressure to keep tweeting and also a motivation to be out there. I’ve learned to enjoy Twitter, and I feel a lot more confident and a lot less apprehensive when tweeting on behalf of my team. So, maybe not a full-time resident yet, but I’m a Twitter resident in the making.
What have I enjoyed the most? First of all, listening to other participants’ experiences and views on the different tools.  The Lego Serious Play session was a great opportunity to unite our experiences, fears, learnings and views on the course. I also enjoyed learning new tricks or tips on using the different tools, i.e. Twitter etiquette, live-tweeting. And loved the opportunity to explore new products, such as Google+ and Storify. I might no be adopting these tools, but I’m glad I tried them and now I know how they work.

The SMDL has helped me to realise that, at least for me, sometimes it’s ok to be a visitor. Some tools suit my personality and working style better than others, and I’ll be a resident on those that I feel comfortable enough to leave a trace. What’s important for me is not to be afraid of social media, to be aware of its pros and cons, and learn how to use it for my personal and professional development.

Finally, a BIG thank you to Ange, Andy, Georgina and all the people that helped to put this course together. It was an awesome experience!

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