Social Media and Workplace Productivity

In a new Pew Research Center survey, American workers have some mixed feelings about how social media affects their workplace productivity. Fifty-six percent of workers who use social media for work-related purposes said it distracts them from other work they need to do. But the same percentage said social media ultimately helps their job performance, […]

What Happens When a Tech School Bans Social Media?

That’s right, Harrisburg University of Science & Technology did an experiment in the fall semester, banning social media on campus for a week. The goal was to encourage the students to think about their reliance on these communication tools and their impact on relationships.  You can read more about the ban here. The experiment was […]

Social Media Efficiency for Newbies, Part 2 of 2

Yesterday I gave some information about differences in social media platforms Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and MySpace, and gave a couple of analogies to help you to keep your use of them in perspective. Something else to consider when evaluating social media is WHY are you thinking about it?  Business? Pleasure? Some combination?  Your goals will […]

Social Media Efficiency for Newbies, Part 1 of 2

Everyone is giving advice about social media, and it’s a topic I get asked about a lot.  I’ve shared some information before, in this post and this post.  Certainly you can ask 10 different people questions about social media, and get 10 different answers.  I don’t think the rules have become entirely apparent yet.  But here are […]

A Positive Effect of Twitter on Communication

Note: This article was originally posted on April 20th, 2009. Ok, look…I am not a social media fanatic.  I never had a MySpace page, I only have a passing interest in Facebook and LinkedIn, and the first time I tried Twitter over a year ago, I hated it and promptly disengaged.  I’ve only been using […]

How Twitter SAVES Time?!

Ok, so file that under “things I never thought I’d say.”  And don’t get me wrong.  Twitter can be a huge time vortex.  But  I have discovered that I am not alone in giving Twitter another chance (see Kathy Sierra’s blog post.  I saw her @SXSW this week and she is now among the Twitterati).  I […]