Let’s Fly away, Let’s Fly, Let’s Fly away…

Hurrah! We’ve almost reached the end. The 8-week Social Media Driving Licence course has come to an end. I must say that I have really enjoyed the course, and I feel that I have learned so much during this period, and have definitely become a more confident user of social media. I remember how pessimistic I was about my ability to write blogs, or use Twitter. I must admit that there is still a lot of room for improvement for me, and one of my next steps to use Twitter more often.

The session that I enjoyed the most during the last 8 weeks was definitely the last session. This session gave us the opportunity to be creative and express, using LEGO, how our knowledge and confidence in using social media evolved during the 8-week course. Our team also came up with some valuable suggestions on what strategy we should take to become better Social Media users for the benefit of the School.


Photo by Do-Hyun Kim via Flickr

When asked to build something from LEGO that would show how I felt about social media at the beginning of the course, I build a hill. At the beginning I was almost at the bottom of that hill, hoping to stand on the top of that hill by the end of the course. I wished to be able to fly from that hill as well as Batman does. I feel that although I am not at the top of that hill yet, I am able to fly, fly away into the webspace using Social Media.

During the course we have learned about many new tools, which I will definitely use in the future. I’ve officially joined Twitter, learned about G+ and other Google tools, Flickr, PicMonkey. I might not move into using G+, but I will keep using other Goole tools. There are some tools which I might never use such as Storify or Feedly, but who knows, they might become useful one day.

If you asked me what I enjoyed the least about the course, I would have to think hard, because I enjoyed the course thoroughly. Probably didn’t like the fact that I had to do homework after each session. But after all I managed to complete all blogs.

Thank you Andy, Ange and Georgina for giving me the opportunity to take part in this fantastic course, and helping me in becoming a more confident Social Media user.






It’s all about caring and sharing!

Unfortunately I have missed the 7th session of the CJBS Social Media Driving Licence, where the Social Media experts and the SD experts to be explored  how to be a good citizen on Social Media. But remember you should always be a good citizen online and elsewhere in the world.


Photo by Andy Woo via Flickr

I must admin that this the first time I’ve learned about the Creative Commons licencing, which enables sharing items, knowledge and creativity of other people.

I agree with Andy that we could be should aim to become even better citizens on Social Media, and promote what is already being created within the School. Now that so many of us joined Twitter we should promote the School by using our tweets, and by retweeting and replying to our colleagues’ tweets. We could also promote the School’s website on our blogs and Twitter comments. There is so much valuable and interesting research to be promoted, events, podcasts, news or guests visiting the School. By promoting various events and activities. we are also promoting the School as a potential employer to some of people within your network, which links to my previous blog.

All of the tools discussed so far and the SDML course can be used to share our own work, and the work of others. So let’s  get on with SHARING and CARING!!!


Google Tranlate – the life saviour!

The first time I heard about Google Translate was about five years ago, and since then I have been a regular user of this tool. I’ve been using Google Translate for personal and professional reasons.

google translate

As English is my second language, while studying at the University I had to refer to a dictionary from time to time. The introduction of Google Translate definitely reduced my usage of the more traditional dictionaries. However I still had to check many words in the Oxford University dictionary, because the Google Translate can still show some mistakes (but it is continually updated and improved).

I have also used Google Translate for work purposes on many occasions. Interpreting and translating was a  part of my duties in my previous posts. I had used Google Translate for translating formal letters to employees. I would usually translate a paragraph by paragraph. Google Translate was very useful and made my work much quicker, however it was essential to check that all words are accurate and the grammar is correct. Google Translate tends to always put sentences in the grammar order of the language that we translate from. Therefore the sentence in the translated language doesn’t always make sense. I would strongly recommend to always double check the translation by a speaker of that language we are translating into.

Google Translate has also been very helpful in communicating with some of my friends. I like to send a simple greeting or birthday message in their native language, and that’s where Google Translate is irreplaceable. It takes only few seconds to get these short and very useful messages. Of course it also very handy when going on holiday abroad and getting around with signs and other basic communication.

I definitely recommend using Google Translate if you even need to translate anything. Especially now we can use the Google Translate App

google-translate-1 app




YES or NO for Hootsuite

The CJBSSMDL course gave me  the opportunity to use a new tool, which at first sounded like an amazing way of keeping all tweets, Facebook and Linked in updates tidy and easy to access. When Andy described and showed us the Hootsuite, I thought ALLELUJAH!, this looks great.


Hootsuite manages multiple social media networks all from one place, where we can schedule updates. Using this tool we can collaborate as a team better, and it also allows RSS integration.

However I’ve done some research about this site and I’ve found that there are some downsites of using Hootsuite. For example there are some problems with Facebook images. When using the bulk scheduler, or the RSS feature, then the system gets stuck. Facebook will only get the text in  a Tweet-like status.  Also studies have shown that posts that are created through platforms such as Hootsuite, don’t have as high of an engagement rate as posts that are created directly on the social media site.

Although I thought that I feel in love with Hootsuite at first sight, I am now having my second thoughts. I think I will give it a second chance and will try it for a bit longer, maybe it might work for me for using Twitter and Linked in.




Social Media for HR

A podcast I chose to write about is the podcast by Julie Brown, where Julie indicates how social media affect’s the work of HR professionals. In the podcast it is also mentioned how using the social media can improve recruitment within CJBS.

social media hr

Using social media in HR has become more common, and many organisation use LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook for their recruitment. We are also trying to use these tools more often in recruitment within CJBS. We have used Linked in, and Twitter on a number of occasions, and we have already learned to use these sites for advertising and directing potential candidates to the CJBS vacancies website, rather than enabling them to apply directly via Linked in, which was not very practical.

Potential employees often check organisations’ websites, Linked in pages and any possible comments before submitting their applications, or attending interviews. They want to know what is it like working at this particular organisation. Therefore we could also promote our organisation as a GREAT place to work. Comments could include stories from current employees and benefits of working at the School and the University. Employees could tweet or write on Facebook their comments and views on why new members of staff should join us. This could be a great place to promote our unique organisational culture! We could also create blogs on Working at CJBS.

As per Julie’s podcast, social media gives us lots of opportunities to enhance recruitment and promotion of our School as a potential employer, and we should take advantage of all these available tools!

Week 4 – Live tweeting experience

Due to my holiday I unfortunately missed a couple of JBS SMDL sessions. Therefore I had to find the live tweets that we posted at the 4th week sessions. But I found it a bit difficult to find tweets from over a month ago unless using a hashtag. But I definitely remember that live tweeting was fun and definitely an exciting experience.

Being a journalist/ commentator


The live tweeting gave us a chance to be a journalist/ commentator for the 15-20 minutes of Nathalie’s presentation. We had to carefully listen to her, and pic the most important and interesting bits of her presentation. The bits that we thought would get the most interest, we had to present in to our followers in the form that would catch their attention. Similarly when watching any news channel, at the bottom of the screen there is always a line with the latest news update, where commentators/ journalists present the latest news, breaking stories in a few words to briefly describe the situation. Often there are also live, short comments of discussions from the Parliament, which are updated regularly, and present the most important part of the discussion between politicians. I feel that the live tweeting of Nathalie’s presentation gave us the essence of being a commentator for a 15-20 minutes, choosing the essential bits of her talk, and then passing this information to our ‘audience’.


Make it fitter with Twitter!


The Visitor

My visitor adventure with Twitter started a few years ago, I would check twitter updates of politicians, actors or singers. I’ve always thought that I should set up my own account, but didn’t think that I would have time to follow tweets and add my own updates. However due to the Social Media Driving Licence I have finally created my own profile on Tweeter and the aim is to use it professionally.

The HR Professional

The social media has forever changed advertising, talent acquisition and other HR processes. Many employers and headhunters find their potential employees on LinkedIn. Instead of paying high fees for advertising in papers or web boards, organisations can use Twittter to promote their companies and encourage new recruits. A short message with a link to the vacancy website can be shared with anyone across the globe. Therefore, to follow up from my recent blog, my aim of using the social media is to extend our advertising media and reach a larger audience. So share all these vacancy tweets and CJBS news with your followers!!!