Lately I’ve been getting some emails expressing bafflement at understanding the plethora of social networks and why on earth they are being used (many of these questions come from academics). So, here’s a short introduction to social networking for academics (specifically geared towards the mathematics variety). Watch the 8-minute video here or below.
In the meantime, I can assure you that the only way to “get” social networking is to dive in and try something. There’s a reason our students enjoy it so! I resisted for years (and only dove into Facebook in December). I have made the choice not to “friend” students until they graduate, but that is a personal decision and can be made only by you.
If you are just getting started, I’d recommend FB. I have not regretted the decision to join at all. If you let FB look at your email addresses (not stored, no worries) you will be able to see who you already know that is on FB (if a picture shows up for them, they are on FB already).
Very important if you decide on FB to try: Go immediately to Settings and turn off all email notifications (or it will swamp your email inbox).
If you decide to try twitter, look me up @busynessgirl.
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