Tuesday, August 9, 2011

CPD23 - Week 8, Thing 12

Finally, catching up on the blogs for Weeks 6, 7 and 8. Shouldn't let myself get so far behind...it's too much to do all at once to get caught up again.

Ah, social media. Just a few years ago the term didn't even exist and now almost everyone thinks they can't live without it.  I didn't realize how pervasive it actually was until last fall when I finally joined Facebook.  It seemed like everyone I knew or had ever known was on it. For better or for worse, it's a part of our lives now. 

Anyone who knows me personally has heard me admit to being somewhat of a hermit. I don't even own a cell phone. When I see all these people driving down the road with a phone to their ear or standing around texting I always ask myself, "Who the hell are they always talking/texting to anyway?" 

I must say that I haven't seen much professional social media activity going on in my neck of the woods. Yes, most of the libraries have web sites, some have Facebook pages and/or a twitter account. I always wonder how many people actually read those pages/posts/tweets.  Plus, we've all read how personal Facebook posts have actually damaged careers.  I guess the thing to keep in mind is that once it's out there on the Internet it's out there forever, and even if we're posting to our personal page it can either help or hurt us professionally.

Done rambling now.


  1. I found myself chuckling at your post....

    "who the hell are they texting anyway?"

    As a teacher, I am very careful about who and what I post to Facebook. NO STUDENTS until they've graduated! Mind you, I may only frequent FB once a week (IF that!). I'd rather be quilting away and then blogging about it; that doesn't leave much time to "waste" on social networks. :0)

    I wanted to reply to your comment on my post, but you're account is set to: "no-reply". However, followed you to your profile/blog :0)

    To remark about your library pages/posts/tweets. I'm not a fellow tweeter; however I'm the webmaster for our school district. The library page receives quite a few "hits" daily due to the resources our Media Specialist shares. She also "advertises" what's available through the local paper, as does the public library. Also small town; ~1000 people? The public library does a great job catering to the youth, specially during the summer.

  2. When somebody figures out how to drive safely while reading a good book I am gonna jump on the bandwagon.