Well it's been an interesting few weeks, jumping in to explore 8 new things in the USQ's "23" Things Pilot:
Copyright doesn't sound very social does it.. it places limits and expectations upon everything we do. Likewise, privacy and confidentiality may not be considered by many in the social media circus.. yet how important they are as guidelines to maintaining a semblance of order and integrity in our crazy world.
We started off with Blogging, something I'd avoided, but am slowly beginning to find useful, more so obviously, since reading the post and carrying out the exercise... as with most things, the learning is in the doing! What frustrated me initially was the assumption of a knowledge base not existing. It took me a while to figure out if we were communicating via blogs, Facebook (not at that stage covered), or "old fashioned" emails, and it seems the answer was 'all of the above'.
But this initial confusion is really only a reflection of the broader issue we all face - as more and more forms of media become available, each one promising ever more and better features, intent on becoming the replacement for competitor platforms, instead of simplifying our existence, we end up duplicating our efforts participating on, or monitoring multiple platforms.... ( case in point research-gate vs academia vs mendeley as mentioned in Peter's excellent post).
The "23" Things Pilot however, looks at specific elements as they apply to different sections of the academic community, and in this.. presents a wealth of information and potential development opportunity. I'll admit now that I have not had the time I would like to put into exploring all of these topics (yet), but have indeed found each one informative, at times intriguing, and always engaging (even if I haven't).
Actually authoring one of the posts was a lesson in itself, of just how much there is to say about various products, and how difficult it can be at times to distill the 'core' elements of interest; also to discern which features will be of most interest to colleagues and readers, and what potential they have to change how we think and work.
More than anything, I think the "23" Things Pilot has demonstrated an effective method of sharing and learning that anyone can participate in, regardless of role or status or position. I have enjoyed the process, and learned as much from it, as the event itself - each post offering a glimpse of the diverse perspective, passion and character of my colleagues.