“Social Media and Project Management” was the topic for the 1st hangout of the Sensible Project Manager Hangout Community. In this community of project managers and others who enjoy discussing project management topics, we have a weekly hangout which is hosted via Google+ Hangout.  These hangouts are held each Friday at 9:00am pacific time.  Up to 10 people can join the hangout and those not making it to the hangout can view the conversation via Hangouts “On-Air”.

During this hangout Mark Phillipy started with a definition of social media.  In Wikipedia is says “Social media refers to the means of interactions among people in which they create, share, and exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks.”  By this definition social media can include the following:

  • Online magazines
  • Internet forums
  • Weblogs
  • Social blogs
  • Micro blogging
  • Wikis
  • Social networks
  • Podcasts
  • Photographs or pictures
  • Video
  • Rating
  • Social bookmarking

Some examples of these types of social media are:

  • Facebook
  • Google+
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinstrest
  • YouTube
  • Yelp
  • FourSquare

Most of these types of social media is not used by project managers at work, rather they are used to network together and often for educational purposes to learn more about project management. Mark discussed the idea that there are some tools which can be considered social media that are used at work and are very effective.  Some of those tools are:

  • Intent Messaging (IM)
  • SharePoint
    • Great collaboration tool
    • Wikis
    • Forums
    • Data Sharing
  • Video Conferencing
    • Used for collaboration purposes

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