What You Don’t Know about Social Media

……..can really rile you up.  Just go to a presentation about Social Media and you’ll see what I mean.

rile (rl)

tr.v. riledril·ingriles

1. To stir to anger. See Synonyms at annoy.
2. To stir up (liquid); roil.
I don’t typically focus on writing about social media.  I am more interested in the identity framework that provides the context for what happens in Social Media.  So if I do write about social media, it’s always within that context.  It’s about identity and not social media itself.
I attended a social media presentation about a week ago.  I talked with a few people there, and I even interacted with the presenters – one face to face and the other over e mail.  So with social media being what it is, they can read this post – and I recognize that as I write about their presentation.
To be fair, they were presenting their information to a select group so that they can improve upon the form and essence of the presentation.  Also, they only presented a truncated version of all that they had on offer.  It was more about the format than anything.  It was still very interesting to listen to the comments and see what happened.
The presentation was for a seminar that will be given – on offer from an array of topics and seminars for a local parenting event.  It’s a great gathering of local leaders and clergy in partnership with the local school district and 2 high school.  The goal is to create a format that can be duplicated anywhere providing parents some training in a variety of topics to help them better understand their teenager.  In an effort to evaluate the format of the seminar, they presented the Social Media seminar to us.
There was a presentation about statistics on social media – limited and not necessarily the latest information.  Then there was a brief presentation on how or the technology of social media.  Then we ended the seminar with some interaction around the tables addressing several questions.  The idea was to improve the seminar and the format.
Going back to the first line of the post, you can really get people going on things that people don’t understand.  Using statistics (old ones) helps to provide context for what is going on in the realm of social media.  It’s one thing to be statistically savvy about social media.  Then the second section helped the audience to become even more technologically savvy.  They were great presentations on stats and tech, but it gives you a limited perspective on “how” and “what” to do in helping teens.
It’s not enough to be statistically savvy and/or technologically savvy when it comes to Social Media and working with teenagers.  I think it’s foundational to be teenager savvy when working with teens and social media.  It’s one thing to have the information and the logins, but an understanding of the identity formation of a teenager can really frame the conversation much better.
To be honest, that conversation riled me up too – but more so in this way than any other.
I know that they will see this post.  It’s what happens in social media.  If you want to read more of my posts on social media – check it out these posts.
Thanks for reading.
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