The information revolution has an immeasurable impact and has created a global society. Our thinking, our means of communication and the way we organise our lives have been irreversibly transformed. It is now virtually impossible to visualize a world without computers. Social media’s influence on our modern lives cannot be overstated.

Social media is theoretically a technology for sharing information and facilitating conversations between people in an easy and social manner. Social media evolved as an engagement model that introduced significant change to our society both in business and non-business relationships.

As a trainer it is an opportunity to engage in forums, have knowledge conversations, exchange ideas, learn about your self and get feedback.

Individuals use social media to share parts of their lives with friends and family, publishing thoughts, opinions, experience, photos, images, video clips and in many other ways.

With the development of Web 2.0 technology we have been provided with the opportunity to collaborate and connect with our peers, customers and experts. It is a democratic architecture for participation, encouraging people to share ideas, promoting discussion and fosters a greater sense of community.

 

How did we manage before?

It has become the norm to have instant access to information and resources. The use of smart phones and mobile devices has created an increasing pressure to always be available, contribute and connect.  E-learning applies to the broad range of ways computing and communication technologies can be used for teaching and learning.  It has become the norm to have instant access to information and resources. The use of smart phones and mobile devices has created an increasing pressure to always be available, contribute and connect.

Therefore, having a strategy of how we use, manage and market ourselves and our company is a critical issue to consider.

The way we communicate has changed significantly over the years and whether you have a fear or fascination with social networks, they need to be embraced as they are shaping the way we manage our personal development and the impact this has on our personal reputation management.

Reflection

How do you engage with social media?

What impact does this have on your learning and continuing professional development?

 

 

 

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