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, […]

Some Thoughts on Twitter (University Social Media Ban Conclusion)

This is Maura Thomas from RegainYourTime.com. This is the conclusion of my interview with Charles Palmer, the Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Entertainment & Learning Technologies, of Harrisburg University of Science & Technology. Please click the link at the top of the page to read the earlier parts. Please click below to hear […]

University Social Media Ban Pt. 1

This is Maura Thomas from RegainYourTime.com. This is part one of my interview with Charles Palmer, the Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Entertainment & Learning Technologies, of Harrisburg University of Science & Technology. Please click the link at the top for an introduction to this interview. Please click below to hear the transcript, […]

Taming Technology: Conversation with Dr. John Dovidio of Yale, Part 4

(For the introduction to this interview, click here.  For Part 1, click here.  For Part 2, click here. For Part 3, click here.)   Click to Listen (4 1/2 minutes) MT: This is Maura Thomas from RegainYourTime.com. Thanks for coming back to hear part four of my interview with Dr. John Dovidio, psychology professor at […]

Dangers of Multitasking: Conversation with Dr. John Dovidio of Yale, Part 3

(For the introduction to this interview, click here.  For Part 1, click here.  For Part 2, click here.) Click to Listen (4 minutes) MT: This is Maura Thomas from RegainYourTime.com. Welcome to the third part of my interview with Dr. John Dovidio, psychology professor at Yale University.  You can see the previous posts by clicking […]

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 […]

Keeping Up with Communication: Convenience vs. Control

How do you keep up with social media?  How do you find the time?  I get asked some version of this question every day, and in fact I deliver trainings on the topic.  The tools you choose to use have a huge impact on how well you can keep up with the flood of communication caused […]

Using Technology to Bring More Control into Your Life

In some ways, we are more connected than ever:  Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, YouTube…these tools give us unprecedented opportunity to connect with and attract the attention of people who in the past seemed much farther removed: celebrities, politicians, corporate executives. I’m also beginning to realize that technology provides plenty of tools to keep others at […]

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 […]