Reflections on my time in Tech 637 with Dr. V:
Tech 637 (The “Social” Internet) has been an interesting class for me. Since I’m from Communication and this is in the Tech school, I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was a pleasant surprise to find out that Dr. V studied in Communication, as well.
Tonight, we chatted about overarching themes from this course. I was struck by how the human drive to be social manifests itself through the internet. People connect online whether to each other, information, or resources. The ideas from across the semester and lessons include: connecting, transparency, network, relations, info flow, power, collective, participation, uniting.
Our social internet manifesto for the evening included the following advice:
- Don’t Drink and Tweet.
- Don’t step in the Deep Web.
- Don’t bother trying to control information. Individually, you are nothing.
- Is that Freedom Rock? @StarkAnneR Turn it up!
- Keep Calm and Hashtag.
- No one ever wants “tea with the gov’t”
- Only you can prevent distraction fires.
- Power comes with participation.
- Show us your Klout.
- Stop, collaborate, and listen.
- Tag your stuff. #tagyourstuff
- Team up with smart people … they make you look better. (thanks, all)
- Transparency is the best form of secrecy.
- Transparency might compromise individual’s privacy and reveal your offline reality.
- Weak ties are your strength. Thanks, @mihaela_v!
- When trolling, use the following hashtags: #umadbro? #burn #trollin
- With great connections come great responsibilities.
Things that helped me learn:
The reading guides helped me assimilate the material quickly, and (to be honest) kept me ‘honest’ about how much I read.
Pushing me into the deep end of twitter with a hootsuite life-preserver was the best way for me to start.
I was amazed at how accessible the weak tie network of Twitter really is. Met some of my CMC idols…
Honestly doing the presentations was great. Loved learning about #lolcats
Rey Junco! I should have brought a bag for my head the day he spoke in class b/c he blew my mind. =)
The strength of weak ties was great … and illustrated by our involvement in Twitter.
The thing I’ll take away is a greater network filled with weak ties and several stronger ones now.