The second week has arrived at uni now and to learn more about the Social Technology side of my course. Well to recap on week one I was just talking about Digital Identity’s and how to apply it with your everyday social media side.
Today’s lesson we had a guest who was going to teach us some important information about Networks and Sharing Knowledge. Her name was Cristina Costa and her profession was a Research Technologies Manager.
The way she taught us was very clear and easily understandable.
Anatomy of a tweet
Below is a screenshot that has been taken from Twitter and I have placed arrows in specific places where just to help you around the whole retweet and just a tweet in general.
Bit.Ly (URL shortening)
I have never used bit.ly before but I had seen it about everywhere on Twitter. I gathered the fact that it reduces the length of the URL but how to do it I never knew. The main reason behind this was to ensure that the user can fit a whole tweet in the required amount of characters given. This would include hashtag, bit.ly as shown in the image below from my profile.
Diigo (social bookmarking)
Finally we was introduced to a new way of bookmarking. The way this works is by saving to a cloud system. This ultimately means when your computer is not working or you do not have access to your computer Diigo saves the as a URL format on to its servers for you to access whenever you want and where you want.
The features are simple and effective.. Diigo website that allows you to bookmark and tag webpages and also give you a opportunity to highlight any part of a webpage and attach sticky notes to specific paragraphs or to the webpage. Any annotations can either be shared or kept private. You can invite friends and share websites.
Network is important because you want to get yourself out there and with out a network your just a nobody. The way you build a network would be starting from the start. Create a digital identity and fill out your information and from then on you start to browse the social media world.
I will be using Twitter as an example, creating a network with Twitter would be searching for you friends first. I say this because these are the people you actually know and its easier to play about with and you can type whatever you want because you are new and your friend will obviously forgive you!!! Unless he/she has issues.
As you can see above this is my current network so far.. I have made 25 tweets. All of the images above from my profile that are counted for. I have 159 people I am following. When you are following people you will see there tweets on the homepage and I have 22 followers that are following my activities or tweets. Not all people that are following you are your friends they could be either someone that shares the same interests or may even just find your profile interesting.
With out this it just makes the whole experience of getting yourself out there a dead end. For example I may not have may people that are following me and that is because I am in the process of building but eventually that value should increase if I keep working at it.
When you want to Share your knowledge via social media, it 100% relies on your network so you need to build it. You can share right now if you wanted to but the audience is important and it is you that needs to get yourself out there it don’t happen yourself. So creating a profile and just leaving it sitting there your network wont expand, it will be the same as you last left it.
What I have been doing to expand my network is by following famous people or following categories like space or news and if I find something interesting I will retweet and effectively you are sharing and it will be apart of your network. Your followers will see this and may even get retweeted. If your followers retweet your tweets then their followers will probably start following you. This is building the network with just a little tweet that people liked. Using hash tags in your tweets help too because you are hash tagging a popular trend (may not be popular but it don’t matter) and anyone checking these trends may see your profile and potentially start following you. There are millions of people on the internet and Twitter in this case. Everyone have similar interests that is why we have friends. But the only difference is, this is done with people that you have never met before and you are presenting yourself at all times.