Solis seeks to understand the β€œme” in social media

While I typically collect and share discoveries in the weekly “Highlights” post, this one deserves its own and immediate alert.

Brian Solis, author of the recently published book titled “Engage,” published a most insightful post today titled “Behaviorgraphics Humanize the Social Web.” This epitomizes the critical analysis and synthesis (critical think skills) we talked about earlier this semester. Further, he insists that we must understand and be able to categorize the behavior of those interacting on the Social Web.

At the end of the post, Solis makes a very keen observation:

Social media tests the filter that divides inner monologue from disclosure. As our thoughts become words online, they color our avatars and profiles with a glimpse of our personality – who we are online and in the real world. Over time, it is how we put our words into action that establishes our character. And, it is our character, through the marriage of our words and actions that paves the way for relationships and opportunities.

Think about this and let’s discuss it in class (or feel free to comment right here!).


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Do you need instant gratification?

If you are following Social Media Today, then hopefully a post from this morning caught your eye:

Kristin Dziadul, a recent grad from Western New England College, wrote about a trends back in February that’s become so prevalent in social media, education, and beyond:

Millennials Need Instant Gratification

She suggests that part of need stems from having grown up with the technology. But she goes on to posit that today’s technology is perpetuating the phenomenon. Do you agree that you need instant gratification? Can you think of some examples where this plays out in your life today? What happens when you don’t get the instantaneous feedback that you so desire? Think about it and let’s plan to discuss it in class next week.

P.S. While I just found Dziadul’s site through the SMT post and have only poked around it for a few minutes, I think it’s a great example of what you might be able to do with the blogs you’ve started in this course. Remember, it just takes time to develop the blog into something you can be proud of.