The Midnight Social Networker
By Lynda Kelly - the second post in a series about my online adventures
My first experience of a true social network was during the ICOM Triennial in Vienna in 2007. I had just joined Facebook and become totally addicted (being at a slightly boring conference helped of course). As part of that trip I travelled a lot and made it my mission to get as many friends as I could. I persisted in this quest, joined vast numbers of groups and had heaps of fun along the way. Around late 2007 many of my large, extended family started joining Facebook too, and I now feel I have a much deeper relationship with them as I know what they’re all up to. I had Xmas 2007 at my new house and we organised that whole day via FB – only one phone call needed to be made! FB chat also saves money on phone calls with my 13 year old son while I’m travelling. I foresee an interesting future for sites like Facebook as I believe the lines between the personal and professional are starting to blur in this space.
Before I go on, just a note on this concept of ‘addiction’. When we did a study of how 18-30 year olds were using the web, we found that those categorised as ‘joiners’ used addictive language to describe how they used social networking sites (so I’m not alone in this!).
My next addiction was Museum 3.0 on ning. I created this in a flurry of excitement (and probably an excess of chardonnay!) after the 2008 Social Media Conference in Sydney in response to a throwaway comment from a work colleague who wanted to discuss museum-y stuff but didn’t want to ‘expose’ themselves on Facebook. It literally took 20 minutes to set up but is now reaping benefits I could never have imagined. Ning provided the perfect platform and we now have over 900 members and 3,000 visitors each month. The measure of success in my mind is the amount of people who are starting discussions and blogs, uploading fotos and generally responding to threads and I sincerely thank them all.
My latest addiction is Twitter. I continue to be excited about its potential and am actively experimenting with it, as well as using it as my primary source of news and information. I follow people who I know have similar interests and have found their posts and links invaluable (and time-saving). Some of the thoughts of the Museum 3.0 community on Twitter are documented here, along with progress reports on the Museum’s experiments. Feel free to follow me at lyndakelly61 – I am aiming for 200 followers soon I hope!
These adventures are still continuing with lots of lessons learned along the way. More on that in my next and final post...
The Western Museums Association (WMA) has invited Lynda Kelly, our colleague from Australia to post a series of blogs about her experience with on-line professional engagement. Lynda, with the help of others, helped to launch Museum 3.0. If you would be interested in guest blogging on westmuse, please contact WMA’s Publication & Media Manager Valerie Huaco by clicking here.