Does the internet make you smarter? Can Social media too?

Does the internet make you smarter?

Does the Internet make you smarter? to be honest, is a popular search term on Google shared by millions of people around the globe. Going by the  Search engines parlance, this is a long keyword and the search trend for this keyword is rising.

After all, all of us, if not some of us have spent half of our lives surfing on the internet. My 8-year-old daughter is no newcomer either to the internet. Just like other eight-year-olds on this planet, she spends about 3-4 hours a week watching Youtube and playing games on the internet. Well, I decided to gather some information.

Does the Internet make you smarter? the straight answer is, Yes.

Logging on could spark a little bit of genius in all of us.  When you bounce your thoughts and share your knowledge with others, there is every chance that new ideas can come into this world.

Thinking is not solo anymore

But there still exists some contradictions on this subject around the world. Probably in the past, thinking alone and gazing at the stars would result in a sudden epiphany of sorts, a flash, a spark or a light bulb moment. Well, that was the past. A popular belief that emerged partly from passed on stories and life histories of some of the inventors.

Increasingly, there is research pointing out that new ideas and innovations do not stem from a single moment of euphoric thought but from bouncing and successive iteration of ideas over a period of time.

It all starts with a slow hunch says Steven Johnson, the author of the best-selling book  “Where do good ideas com from”, you can find his TED talk show here. And still Clive Thomson, the author of the popular book  “Smarter than you think” is very optimistic on the use of social media. A good review on the book can be found here from Newyork Times.

You can also read our blog post:  The age of social media: Our participation makes it a way of life

The current trend of using social media for mere trivia and gossip would change. Instead, people would find interesting and creative ways to spend their time on the internet. This includes thinking differently and solving new problems by sharing and bouncing ideas with each other.

There is nothing to fear from Facebook and Twitter.

Associate trails of the web is analogous to the human brain

Tim Berners-Lee created the internet architecture. The simplicity and the beauty of the Web lie in its interconnected hypertext Webpages. The web pages are connected through a primary channel called the link.

Lee, however, drew some of his ideas for the web from the Memex. The Memex was an information storage system that was first described by the inventor, Vannevar Bush. The system works analogously to how the human brain works.

Just as how the human brain indexes new ideas and information through associative memory for later use,  the internet system connects information web pages through certain cues (Hypertext links) thereby creating associative trails for ease of access and for later use. This brings us to understand a bit on how ideas pop up in our brain.

The human brain network is as complex as the internet

As Steve Johnson talks about it in his book, any idea that pops out of our consciousness is a work of millions of neurons in our brain all firing in sync with each other to produce an idea.

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Social media in the workplace: Intel, a case study in a nutshell

Intel social media check list

Intel is the world’s largest semiconductor chip manufacturing company. Founded in 1968 and headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, Intel is a global company with its employees spread all over the world.  All the employees work together to make Intel, the world’s largest and a highly valued silicon chip maker company. Intel, the name stands for Integrated Electronics.

True to its name, the company has a commendable and highly integrated social media computing infrastructure and tools for use for its employees. It does not stop just at that, the important thing is social media collaboration is quite successful here.

In fact, Intel is one of the early adopters of social media which is extensively used by its employees successfully in all the functional domains of the company. From recruiting, talent management to product engineering, social media collaboration at Intel has set benchmark standards in business performance and scores high in employee satisfaction rankings.

Intel is a trailblazer in this sphere and is all set to make effective use of social media in the future.

An example business challenge at Intel

Before I jump to write about a social media collaboration example at Intel or rather a specific challenge faced by Intel Engineers, I would like to thank the authors of the book “Social media at work” who have done extensive studies and interviewing executives at world-class organizations.

The author’s study, research, and findings have culminated in writing this book.

I have referenced content from this book to write about best practices in social media usage at Intel. The book is available at Amazon. It can be found here at this link.

At Intel, solving engineering problems has been a regular challenge. The engineers use the ‘follow the sun’ model. Through this model, work gets passed on from one geographical region to another and work happens 24 hours a day.

The real challenge is the absence of asynchronous communication. An instant two-way communication which can help the engineers was missing.

This communication bottleneck had to be sorted out and they introduced social computing tools like ‘Wiki’s’ and Forum for social media collaboration. This facilitated the engineers to capture their ideas, talk in real time, record backlog history, build trust with each other and above all collaborate without hindrance.

Productivity misconceptions

Intel did have its scary moments. For example, bosses do ask their employees “When would you finish your real job?” The mixed opinion is that social media usage does hurt productivity.

Intel learned it the hard way. To face such issues, Intel integrated business problems with social media collaboration and developed a proof of concept. Social media collaboration had to be built into its core processes.

Please do read our blog post on how  Corporate social network can be made successful.

Best practices for social media collaboration at Intel

Over the years, Intel, after many rigorous exercises and lessons learned, had compiled some of its best practices for implementing and using social media collaboration in workplaces. Please find them below.

The below best practices from Intel have been referenced from the book “Social media at work”.  My sincere thanks to Arthur Jue, Jackie Alcade Marr, Mary Ellen Kassotakis, the authors of the book.

  1. It is best to implement social media tools over integrated business processes. Standalone processes need to be integrated with the rest of the core processes. It would be futile and social media usage may be not be accepted well among users, prior to this integration.
  2. The consumer use of social media is here to stay for the foreseeable future. Employees are bound to bring in outside practices, inside the organization. Open source technology is freely available.There is every chance that employees will drive the IT function for implementing social media in workplaces. We have seen it already happening. There is a need for the democratizing the usage of social media.
  3. IT departments need to be quick to recognize changes in the social media usage otherwise they are bound to face more work in the future.
  4. Allow innovation to occur in a more natural way. Grass roots development need to take place. For mass adoption, “Executive buy-in” is necessary.
  5. It is good to allow employees to have their own blogs. Blogs give employees a voice and a means of contributing their knowledge, experience, and perspectives.
  6. To get work done from the grass roots level, it is good to integrate social media into the existing business processes of the company.
  7. It is good not to force anybody in the company to adopt social media usage. Social media usage needs to be encouraged only as a good option.

Finally, the important one – Social media should be easy to use

8. The important thing is to focus on the ‘Simplicity of the tool’. The simpler the tool, the easier it is to use it. It is good to involve all representative users for a user acceptance testing. It is good to take their feedback and make relevant changes.

Intel always sees social media usage as big contributor and a key enabler of business performance. As a company, Intel is committed to integrating social media into its key processes which make the greatest impact.

Cheers.

The pros and cons of social networking in a modern world

pros and cons of social networking

Social networking as we all know is the use of applications and websites to communicate with many other users or to find people with similar interests to one’s own. Social Networking is on a developing pace more than ever.

It is quite remarkable to think about it and how to use to target and make contact with potential clients over the world. A significant portion of the general population on the planet totally depend on the web where they make a living with the assistance of web-based social media.

The merits of Social Networking in Our Society

Just a few of years back, individuals have a tendency to convey utilizing wired contraptions, for example, phones or ham radios. Today, the web has reshaped our reality beyond our imaginations. Individuals now make use of desktop or smartphones only for work additionally for communication and fun too.

Some part of the perpetually growing popularity of the internet as another method for communication is the approach of long-range social networking sites. These are restrictive sites that can be utilized by everyday citizens to post individual profiles, pictures, recordings, music and messages. Clients of social networking websites can welcome other “companions” to join their system to have the capacity to view and share individual data with each other.

There are a few social networking destinations today, among the popular ones are Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. Most people from these websites are young people who simply cherish the organization of companions and other individuals. Nonetheless, did you know how critical Social Networking sites are?

  1. When looking for a job

A few organizations in the US and Europe are exploiting social networking websites to get talented workers. Then again, work candidates make proper use of these sites to post their resume and certifications. It’s an incredible device one can use keeping in mind the end goal to make a decent impression to an organization.

  1. Closer to family and friends

By keeping up a profile on these websites, your friends and relatives don’t need to call you all the time. One can exploit posting messages, pictures and personal recordings of themselves for their friends and family to see again and again. It’s shabby, quick and constant innovation accessible to everybody.

  1. Crisis

Have you known about a few a great many people saved using social networking websites? Twitter has been an extraordinary apparatus for some to hand-off messages to a large number of concerned residents in a snap in times of catastrophe and natural disasters. Individuals who look for gathering pledges and gift can utilize Facebook or MySpace destinations to call unto liberal people.

 

Many individuals consider these destinations as a work of the fallen angel. It could be. In any case, one must understand that anything can turn out to be great or awful relying upon the individual’s expectations. Social Networking destinations have molded our reality in any case, and it will end up being an essential device if it’s utilized for useful purposes.

The Pros and Cons of Social Networking

Social Networking has turned out to be progressively well-known these days as there are a lot of destinations that offer this administration. MySpace and Friendster are the most widely known websites that plan to construct groups of individuals who share regular interests and exercises, or who are keen on investigating the premiums and exercises of others.

THE PROS

A long range interpersonal communication site resembles a virtual meeting place where individuals can hang out and talk about various subjects. Anything under the sun, truth be told. Some utilization these systems administration destinations to advance their web journals, to post releases and refreshes or to utilize them as an extension to a future love intrigue.

These are only a couple of the reasons why social networking is getting a considerable measure of consideration of late – it makes life additionally energizing for some individuals.

THE CONS

Nonetheless, it is best to ensure that well-being and security are the top priorities of the social networking site that you as of now make use of. Twitter is on account of the social networks sites require or give you the alternative to giving personal data, for example, your name, area, and email address. Unfortunately, a few people can accept this as an open door for data fraud or as we all know, identity fraud. They can duplicate your data and put on a show to be “you” when participating in illicit exercises. So be careful of what you enter on a social media website.

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