Back in 2006 I wrote a post, Why worry about Myspace/Facebook?, which – after reading For students, can any social platform compete? - still seems to stand. It is true that more people are utilising social media today and it infiltrates deeper into our daily lives but I still believe it is not about going to Facebook because “that is where students are” but rather creating something/somewhere that adds real value for them in relation to their studies. This might well be on Facebook/Twitter/YouTube, or a combination of web service and custom build but let’s make sure that we keep pushing to find the best balance, it is certainly not all about Facebook.
The best example I can give is LinkedIn. Everyone I connect to on LinkedIn has a Facebook profile, however, for the most part, we don’t connect on Facebook. This is for one simple reason: it is a different strand of their life of which I am not a relevant part, even if our paths cross professionally.
And this is ok.
We all lead a complicated social existence with many intertwing components that overlap, shimmy past and remain completely separate; our formal education is one of those components that overlaps but is something in its own right.
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