Future of Social Media – A Class Exercise #Manship4002
Future of Social Media –AClass Exercise
Let’s pretend – you are charged with coming up with a design for a new social media
platform that allows teachers/faculty to better connect with students for engagement
What will your social media platform look like? Things to consider:
Immediacy – How immediate is the platform? More like a blog or a live chat?
Posting format – How long are the posts? What do they look like?
Media richness – What type of content is there? Multimedia?
Interactivity – How interactive is the platform?
Spreadability – How is content shared / spread?
What degree of self-disclosure is required? A large profile section like Facebook? A short
bio? No profile information?
Is it a content community (a platform mainly to help students and teachers share content?)
Is it a collaborative project, like a Wiki?
How is content ordered? Up-votes? Timeline? Posts by “friends”? Categories (questions vs.
comments vs. homework sections?) Something else?
Privacy / Access – privacy and access might be a big deal in this context. What do the
privacy settings look like? Open like Twitter? More exclusive?
User-Interface – What does the social media platform look like? Is it simple? Can you post
in multiple formats?
Search / Keywords – How is content searchable? Are their hashtags or other categories?
Can you tag people in posts?
You New Social Media
Finally, decide how students and teachers might use this
platform to connect!