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#mblgtacc and #thingsIdidn’twanttoknow…

Well, it’s been a day of an awesome conference, and seeing lots of things I didn’t need to know on twitter…plus a few interesting thoughts.

I hoped for more out of twitter today, but it might be because I hoped for a little bit more from some cool college students.  MBLGTACC 2011 has been an interesting experience.  It’s aimed at college students, and I think it’s hitting the mark — they seem to be thoroughly engaged and excited for all the learning…and all the #conferencesex.  Yikes.  Every plenary speaker so far has brought up conference sex and almost everyone has tweeted about it.  It all makes me feel a bit awkward.  Maybe because folks aren’t quite as open about it at ACPA?  On the overall, though, though there were some thought-provoking tweets from sessions I wasn’t attending, the “back channel” at MBLGTACC 2011 is largely student driven, and a bit of a let down for me.  Lots of tweets about the gay bar last night, being hung over today, missing sessions because of being hung over, taking naps, partying, and the aforementioned conference sex.  While the occasional quote from a session or plenary speaker graces the waves, it’s not nearly as inspiring as I really yearned for it to feel.

I’m not giving up on twittering, though.  Through my experimentation (and trying to figure out how the heck to actually follow something and why hastags – # – matter), I’ve found a few things I feel are worthy of keeping up on.  I now know how to keep up with the folks who participate in the #sachat, part of the Student Affairs Collaborative Blog, and I’m really excited to get to know them better.  I’ve also discovered #sajobs — and since I’m searching this year, I think it might come in handy.  This is a whole new world of networking for me, so hopefully I can acclimate quickly and use it as well as possible!

Feel free to retweet…if you know what I mean!

until then, ekg

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chirp…I mean tweet?

Well…I apparently disappeared from the blogosphere for awhile.  Luckily for me, and you dear readers, the 13 things @ Coe is due tomorrow, so there will be multiple posts to play catch up tonight.

When I went to the assignment page, I had to click on “older posts” to get to the assignment I am on.  Not a good sign.  Nonetheless, on to Twitter.

In general, I haven’t really connected to Twitter and I have not found it overly useful.  Everyone/thing I “follow” is also on Facebook, which I check annoyingly often.  There’s woman on who posted a great article on the Student Affairs Collaborative blog; it said that once she connected to the student affairs community on Twitter, it became much more relevant for her.  I’m guessing that it will for me, too…if that happens.  I addded her on Twitter so that I could ask her how she found that community.  She DMed me asking for my email address.  I gave it to her and we started a conversation about what I wanted my Twitter life to look like.  Here’s what I sent her:

I’m comfortable with Twitter and know how it works — I think.  I haven’t really used it except to “follow” some things that I was already a “fan” of on Facebook — which I use more consistently and feel more connected to others on.  There aren’t really any students on our campus who are using Twitter consistently (or at least that we know of).  None of my peers, colleagues, or friends use it, except for one person (a former cohort member out in San Fran.).

I have used the Twitter website but never any other client.  I do not have tweets sent to my phone.  I rarely check Twitter as I mentioned — I follow all the same stuff on Facebook and I’m already getting the information I want…

I’ve read #sachat transcripts, but even when I’m really interested in the topic, the transcripts are hard to follow.  I have trouble in online chats when seven people are talking at once, too…#sachat is the only Twitter professional chat I’ve even ever heard of.  We’re going to try and use Google wave for a directorate body I’m on with ACPA.

As far as using Twitter, I would just really like to continue to engage with other student affairs professionals, particularly folks who I didn’t go to grad school with or work with.  I LOVE reading the student affairs collaborative and would like to be more able to participate in the #sachat (though it’s at a terrible time for me over the summer).  I was really intrigued by the post you wrote about not feeling connected to twitter until you connected to the SA community on Twitter.  I guess I’m trying to figure out how to connect to that SA community without adding a huge chunk of time to my life.  There are days when I feel like I spend more time on Facebook than actually talking to people : )  Which is the opposite of what I’m looking for…sort of.

So far, I don’t send tweets to my phone (no unlimited texting here) and I just haven’t found it useful enough to add it to my list of websites to check daily.  Maybe I’ll read the whuffie factor and change my mind.  If you want to follow me, I’m ekgeers.  I don’t post anything, so it probably won’t be that interesting for you.

Until ten minutes from now when I complete my next assignment…ekg

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google = all things good

My official discovery exercise (read: assignment) for this week is to reflect on using google elements, specifically google docs and google calendar.

As the title of this post reflects, I really love google.  I have really enjoyed Coe’s transition to a “google campus,” taking full advantage of gmail and the google calendar.  Other email applications have useful calendars, but google gives me the ability to share with others VERY easily, as well as import a number of useful calendars.  The group I volunteer with (UMGDR) has a google calendar, just to name one of thousands.  I also have a personal calendar that only I can see (separate from my college/work calendar, which lots of people can see).  Google conveniently allows me to put them all in one place.

Google docs may not get as much praise from me, but only because I don’t really have a huge use for them.  Most documents and things I work on are individual projects, not items that need collaboration.  There are a few ways I’d like to incorporate them into my work in the next year, so check back in the fall to see if my opinion has changed based on more use.

In addition to email, docs, and the calendar, I really enjoy a few of google’s other “products,” as they call them.  First and foremost, I use chrome, google’s browser.  It’s very cool and super user friendly (how’s that for a scholarly review?).  One of my favorite products upon discovery is google reader.  I apparently follow a lot more blogs than I originally thought, some personal (Get Rich Slowly, CoeBRAI, etc.) and some professional (Student Affairs Collaborative, ACPA President’s Blog, etc.).  My google reader used to be one of the tabs that automatically opened up with I opened my browser, but when we moved to google for email, I gave up on trying to link my reader account to my coe account, and then stopped reading.  I’ve really enjoyed updating my reader and bringing some “simplicity” to keeping up on what’s going on with blogs I enjoy — a “snack” on my “nourishment,” so to speak.  I also use google chat relatively often (part of being constantly connected, I suppose) and we used google wave for a meeting once.  My connection lagged and I ended up missing a huge chunk of the conversation.  Whoops.  I suggested wave for an upcoming conference call — I’ll update when I know how that goes.

What’s all this mean for me and my journey on Web 2.0?  Well, I continue to realize how entrenched I am in Web 2.0; I don’t think I could dig out if I tried.  My computer is clearly one of my roots, and so now I need to figure out what part of my tree it will become.

A post on the Student Affairs Collaborative blog a long time back talked about social capital, especially in the world of Web 2.0.  I’ll be exploring my own social (read: Web 2.0) capital in the near future.  Hopefully, that includes getting some folks to read my blog!

I’m excited to continue tossing my perspective into this blog, to the point where I mentally wander to topics I think will be exciting while driving.  I’m particularly interested in a recent topic that came up on the SA Collaborative and something that I alluded to in my previous post about meeting students where they are: expertise and control of the “knowledge.”  I’m particularly interested on focusing on forums and other online “communities.”

Got any other ideas you’d like to hear me ramble about?  Let me know.

For now, the light of my life (aka Zoe) keeps trying to rest her head on my keyboard.  I think that means it’s time to wrap.

until next time, ekg

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