ideas, innovations and apps for social work in the age of smartphones and social media
by David, http://davidkelly.me
I love the ways social media has opened doors to new and exciting opportunities for professional development. There are plenty of great resources shared by companies and individuals, so much so that filtering through all the content to see only what you want to see is a necessity.
Most people have a ‘preferred’ network that they use for professional development. For me, it’s always been Twitter, as that’s where I have the strongest network ties that best match my professional development goals. Some other people prefer LinkedIn, Pinterest, or some of the other niche networks. What you don’t often hear about as a professional development tool though, is facebook. Most look at facebook as a more personable network, where you share stories, pictures, and posts with friends and family.
And yet, there’s plenty of professional development information being shared by individuals and organizations on facebook. Some of it takes place in closed groups, which can be excellent tools for learning, but usually limit the sharing just to those within the group.
Interests are a fairly recent addition to facebook. They enable you to create lists based on things you are interested in.