Social Media Policy

My first draft or consideration of a social media policy is really very simple. I will consider Facebook to be of a personal, not professional nature. Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google + wil be used when considering profession interaction. I am sure that my policy will undergo revisions as appropriate and become more specific as the semester progresses.

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Recreating “Me”

Well.. after a critical review of my aboutme page I came to the conclusion that it sure did need revision. I started by thinking about what was important pertaining to my professional self and rewrote the text accordingly. I encountered a problem with the background however. I feel that it should be “soothing” and not “busy” and reflect a reference to my profession as a Respiratory Therapist. I examined google images, the AARC website etc. and could not find one that suited my needs. Consequently, I am still in the revision stage of the background of this page.


I then turned my attention to my blog page. It seems to serve its purpose at this time. I am finding that I do view things differently than when I started this course however. I would not be surprised if the blog page was not revised before the end of the semester, yet it works fine for now.

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Social Network Sites and Blogging Posts – Are They Trustworthy?

What criteria do you use when considering if a blog post is credible or just a rambling creation of some author?  To examine this question I chose to review some posts using the website of the American Association for Respiratory Care, http://www.aarc.org/.  My interest in this website stems from my being a practicing Respiratory Therapist who also teaches the technology at a local community college.  I immediately found that there is another site AARConnect, http://connect.aarc.org/home/ that serves as the social and professional network for respiratory care.  The site uses facebook http://www.facebook.com/aarc.org,  Linkedin; Twitter – http://twitter.com/aarc_tweets; and most recently Pinterest where three boards have been created.  I used Twitter for a closer examination.

What criteria did I use when considering the posts to the Twitter account?  Obviously, it was easy to obtain the number of tweets, followers and following for each blogger.  Does that make one credible? Maybe or maybe not.  I also considered the bloggers credentials, education if available, professional memberships, awards if available and to a lesser extent writing style and blogging etiquette (see http://www.blogelina.com/2012/07/guest-post-how-to-pick-a-reliable-and-trustworthy-guest-poster-for-your-blog/)  All of these criteria, when used in combination, may lend credence to one’s credibility.

Interestingly, the bloggers are all individuals who have posted to the website.  Please consider:

Keith Lamb, RRT – member of many professional societies and organizations; received numerous awards; chairs a specialty section for the practice of respiratory care; participates in research and continues to practice.  I chose to become a follower of Mr. Lamb.

Michael Nibert, BSRC, RRT http://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelnibert – member of many social networks and professional organization or societies; curently owner of a consulting firm; many years of management and clinical experience.  Although Mr. Nibert seemed to be a credible blogger, I chose not to follow him because it seemed to me that his blogs had more of a personal business component rather than purely professional.

Robert Fluck Jr., MS, RRT, FAARC – member of many professional organization or societies; connected many professional contacts; educator by profession.  Interestingly Mr. Fluck does not use social networks.  I did not chose to follow him.

Frank Salvatore – (Frank Salvatore @fse7rrt) – Mr Salvatore tweets on the AARC Twitter page.  Unfortunately, his tweets are of a personal, trivial nature and are not professionally oriented.  Obviously, I did not followhim.

James McAllister – (James McAllister @OldSald CityAce) – Mr Mcallisters tweets mainly are political in nature.  I chose to not follow Mr. McAllister.

So.. how credible or trustworthy are you?  Read this article and see!  http://blogs.hbr.org/baldoni/2008/05/how_trustworthy_are_you.html

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Information Flow and Dashboards

I must admit that as the semester has progressed and I have added numerous new networking tools I began to wonder how to manage these sites.  I found myself clicking back and forth to access the page that I needed.  Thankfully, I am investigating Netvibes and Hootsuite to assist me with this management process.  I have used IFTTT to facilitate interaction of some pages with the long term goal of a more networked interaction thus increasing my productivity.  It is very exciting for me to be able to do this and will require more investigation and use to become proficient.

As I use the new social network tools, I find myself initially aggregating information.  That is to say that I am gathering and collecting data to form a collection (aggregation).  Once created, the aggregation needs to be shared with others or curated.  To me curating simply means finding and sharing content.  Two sources that may help in this understanding are:  http://inspiretothrive.com/2012/02/are-you-curating-your-content-2/ and  http://www.iloveseo.net/content-curation-definition-and-generation/

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IFTTT Testing

One more time. Posted to twitter and google reader not on class feed however.

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IFTTT Test

I will try again.

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Using the Web and Social Networking

It is said tht there are pros and cons to everything that we say and do.  I suppose the same is true for using the web and social networking.  I find that the thoughtful use of technology can provide an unlimited opportunity for interactive learning.  Information is available 24/7 on any topic I choose.  In addition, communication is instantaneous once it is posted.  I have the ability to share and network with my peers with just a few clicks.

However, I sometimes feel overwhelmed by some aspects of the technology.  I use certain apps without a thorough understanding of how it works.  Is the information I provide public, limited or private?  What are the consequences of such use – as evidenced in the “Overexposed” video.  That being said, I do try to research the app and then run the risk of being “always on” – a label I try to avoid.  This research takes time!  So how does one manage the use of all of these technological tools? As mentioned in Stephen Mangat’s videos, I try to thoughtfully plan my day by allowing specific times for certain things (networking , surfing etc.).  I am starting to use tools that help to increase personal productivity such as google reader, google docs and hope to investigate others mentioned like hootsuite, pidjin, or dropbox.  Technology and the web, when used correctly, can actually make my life easier, more organized and productive and provide unlimited learning opportunity.

Two blog posts that I found interesting that pertain to the advantages/ disadvantages of the web and social networking are:  http://celtathens.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/the-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-social-networks-for-language-teachers/  and  http://www.pacific.edu/Campus-Life/Safety-and-Conduct/Safety-and-Security/Online-Social-Networking-Dangers-and-Benefits-.html

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