Lately I’ve been reflecting back a lot on my experience in MSLOC 430, Creating and Sharing Knowledge, especially as it relates to social media. Going through a bit of a transformation myself, I’ve shifted my thinking from social media as a “nice to have” activity that wasn’t really for me to thinking of social media and enterprise networks as essential tools to foster knowledge sharing and growth throughout an organization.
I used to think that social media was a superfluous activity without much meaning or purpose.
Now I think social media offers valuable affordances to share knowledge in an organizational setting.
I used to think social media was overwhelming.
Now I think that social media can be experienced in “small bites,” on an as-needed basis.
I used to think that posting my thoughts on social media was intimidating (i.e., I don’t have anything interesting to say).
Now I think it’s easy to start a thought-provoking conversation on social media, and I don’t have to have all the answers to do so.
I used to think I needed to be educated and trained on a social platform before I could engage with it.
Now I think “dive right in!” You learn how to use a platform by using it and engaging with it.
I used to think sharing “half-baked” work would make me look incompetent.
Now I think that it’s fun to think out loud, narrate my work and share initial drafts with peers.
I used to think that learning happened through direct instruction using codified information.
Now I think that learning happens in many ways and can be simultaneously explicit and tacit, and social media is a great place for tacit learning to happen.
Before I took 430, I chose “it’s complicated” to describe my relationship with social media. I found social media to be intimidating and struggled a bit with the purpose for engaging with it. I’ve always been overwhelmed with the choices — Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn — and while I have accounts with each, I felt that I needed to pick one and stick with it as my “platform of choice.”
After taking 430, however, I now engage with all of them when I want to and when it serves a purpose for me. I no longer feel guilty that I don’t post enough on one or lurk on another. I’m diving in when I want to and, when I’m there, I’m liking and commenting more in an effort to engage in a more meaningful way. While I’m still not much of a poster, I am much more comfortable and confident about putting content out there.