Starting our own social media group…

Social Media Meetup #1
Derek’s with his arms up saying “What me worry?”. I’m not pictured as I was in Second Life attending the SL Library opening (as seen on the laptop above)…

Being the only few “Web 2.0-ish” doctoral students in the Communication department, Derek and I got our first social media research group off the ground. I kept feeling that the both of us were in the wrong crowd, but I was proven wrong! Fellow graduate students who showed interest gathered in a public space at the Alfiero Center last Thursday at 7pm. Surprisingly, the meeting ended up being so stimulating, it went on till 9.15pm!

At the meetup, we started by exchanging stories on what we were academically involved in. I could tell that many of us had unrealized aspirations when it came to doing research, so this gave us the perfect opportunity to shine. This idea naturally became one of the prerogatives for our research group. Being free of official channels, we get to do our own thing and rekindle our lost passion for academia. As a deliverable, we’ve made plans to collaborate on a social networking paper and to eventually get it published. I can’t share our work at this point, but I can share the social media conferences calendar I’ve been pimping.

If you’re in graduate school and feel like you’re not getting anything done, try starting your own gig like ours. Collaborative tools such as Google Groups and Wikispaces make it so easy to self-organize. I’ve got pictures to share if you’d like to be inspired. Wish us luck!