Earlier today my team presented our project in my social media class, #NewhouseSM4. Our presentation (#ESUSM) was all about social media and how it is best used for small businesses. Overall, I think it went really well. We probably could have integrated and/or intertwined our specific parts a bit but tther than that, a job well done.
First I wanted to talk about a collaboration tool I just used for the first time last night: G+ Hangouts. My group members did a hangout with our professor, DR4Ward to discuss our presentation. I was more than impressed with the tool.
Yes, at first it looks exactly like Skype. And probably most people who aren’t collaborating or doing business type things will use it for solely video chatting. But the thing is, G+ hangouts offer so much more. Like Skype, you can screenshare with the people who are video chatting with. One of my teammates was talking about how key this would be for his company, a computer repair business.
Another thing that we did on G+ Hangouts last night was simultaneously view and edit our presentation together. This is much easier than having to email a presentation back and forth within your team. This tool also offers apps, one of them being YouTube. I found the YouTube video app really interesting. The Google + Hangout mutes everyone but the video, and has a “Push to Talk” button where people can interject occasionally while watching the video.
My team also collaborated using PearlTrees, yet another social media platform that I have learned about due to #NewhouseSM4. We were able to post interesting articles we found via our RSS feeds and blog subscriptions in an organized fashion. I think PearlTrees is starting to grow on me a bit after using it as a collaboration tool for this team project.
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After we did our presentation today in class, we ran some analytics on Hashtracking.com. Turns out we made about 120,000 impressions and reached over 19,000 followers. Couldn’t have done it without our classmates in #NewhouseSM4, following and tweeting along during our presentation. Thanks! I also completed a Storify story outlining the #ESUSM stream that was going on during the presentation.