Running After the Social Media Bandwagon
It’s funny how things change and the world moves on. Sometimes without you. Or at least that’s how it feels to me.
I left my last job over four years ago; raising two children and a few years living overseas have meant I’ve been out of an office environment for quite a while. In fact, when it comes to technology it feels like it’s been an eternity.
Ok so I still know my way around a PC and my Excel skills are slowly coming back to me, but it’s all the other stuff that wasn’t around the last time I was regularly spending 8 hours at a desk in front of a computer screen.
In that respect, joining Manifesto has certainly been an eye opener so far, and as the self-confessed least ‘techy’ member of the team I’m having to play catch up every day. I suppose I shouldn’t have expected anything less.
So, what’s all the fuss? I’m up to speed with FaceBook of course – I mean what proud mother doesn’t upload the odd photo of her younglings, post a question to a group of supportive, equally stressed out mums, or join the chat on whatever the latest phase/misdemeanour/quirk is that little one is going through?
But there appears to be a new world of social media in addition to this and I’m struggling to get on board.
Each day I spend in the office I’m confronted with terminology that is new to me (the number of acronyms used is also astonishing but that’s for another day!): Tumblr, Vimeo, Vine… never heard of any of these until now.
They all seem to be the focus of a lot of attention and seem to be generating a lot of excitement. But the thing is, I still need to be convinced that I need these things in my life or, more specifically, my job.
How will they benefit me?
I mean, part of my job at Manifesto is to keep the office running smoothly – that in itself is a task with three directors who rarely even agree on which kind of whiteboard pen they would like me to order – so I thought maybe I shouldn’t try to run before I can walk and just get a handle on being back at work first.
Until now, jumping on the social media bandwagon has been able to wait. This blog however, might just be the place for me to start…