About the Assignment
The Social Media Documentary Assignment has four primary goals:
- to provide you with the opportunity to build on your tweeting experience by thinking about how to use Twitter with new purposes and audiences in mind;
- to help generate a #bsocials18 community of learning in an online space that is informed by and impacts what happens in our classroom space;
- to help create a historical record of Beautiful Social activities on social media;
- to help you gain access to the individuals associated with the client you’ll be working with this semester.
The assignment is informed by four Course Learning Objectives:
Objective 1: Collaboration
Students will develop their ability to work collaboratively in a variety of in- and out-of-class activities and settings.
Objective 2: Effective Communication
Students will be able to identify and employ a range of effective communication strategies to navigate audience, purpose, and context.
Objective 3: Engaged Citizenship
Students will expand their understanding and appreciation of the importance of being an actively engaged community member, especially in terms of the role of non-profit organizations and society.
Objective 4: Reflection
Students will develop their understanding of the important role of reflection during the investigation, design, and communication process.
To get this project under way, however, we are going to complete the following:
- create a Twitter account that is not anonymous and has as short a username as possible (short usernames save precious characters; Twitter values authenticity; you will not gain followers and people will not let you follow them without authenticity; if you already have a Twitter account with an pseudonym for your username be sure your real name is associated with the account)
- create a professional bio that locates you as a writer researching your subject
- make your account open for anyone to follow; having a locked account is essentially giving potential followers the finger. That might seem harsh, but that’s what it feels like when confronted with the little padlock icon. (If you are concerned about spam–and you should be–and/or who is following, in the Settings enable the option to get an email whenever you have a new follower; this will allow you to see when someone follows and to Block them if necessary. I use this quite often.)
- add a link to your research web site when it is created
- add a photo of yourself or something that you feel represents you or your project in some way
- follow on Twitter @billwolffsju, @carlymontecalvo @AbbeyPiro @caitlinrgillard @taburke34, and @bsocialsju and everyone in #bsocials18:
- follow on Instagram @billwolffsju,@carlymontecalvo @AbbeyPiro @caitlin_gillard @taylor_a_burke,@bsocialsju and everyone on your #bsocials18 team
- use the #bsocials18 hashtag for all tweets and Instas that are about or informed by class
- explore and consider Twitter desktop and mobile clients, Tweetbot or Tweetdeck, or the Twitter mobile app
1. Engaging with the #bsocials18 Community of Learning
Course work is often perceived as a solitary experience but as with most things in our networked society it need not be. In order to help us all engage with the texts and our work outside of class, and create a collective experience of the work we’re doing, I would like you to “live tweet” as you complete course-related work outside of class, posting to Twitter whatever comes to your mind as you complete the work. By “whatever comes to your mind” I mean things that are about the text itself. Try to limit tweets like, “This article is boring. #yawn,” as such tweets will make to look foolish and show little thought about the text itself. You should @reply to other class members frequently so that we can begin discussions about the work outside of the classroom and then continue those discussions when we meet in the classroom. Add the #bsocials18 hashtag to all “live tweets.”
There is no required number of tweets to tweet as your readings, work, or in-class discussions, but it is expected that each should garner many tweets. In the beginning of the semester @billwolffsju will give you prompts for your live-tweets. The more you tweet the more engaged the class can and will become in and outside of class. Do, however, be sure to make it clear what you’re reading, working on, or discussing by @mentioning (and following) the authors in your tweets (such as @jenaleenardella–though lately she seems to be using Instagram more). Mentioning authors could result in a response, as many students have been fortunate to receive in the past—often leading to discussions.