It is believed the neanderthal died out because they never developed a ‘Social Brain’, meaning that when the ice-age hit Europe their species were not social enough to resource the tools, food and shelter the needed to survive, unlike the human race.
I am noticing the same thing happen in the workplace and education, that in-order to survive you need the develop a ‘Social Media Brain‘. To be able to collaborate, communicate and resource information quickly and effectively via social media. Although I consider myself fairly Social Media savvy, one of my new years resolutions for 2010 is to use some of the tools at my fingertips more effectively including;
- Blogging more regularly,
- More effective note organistation in Evernote,
- Better task organisation on Remember the Milk,
- Keeping abreast of developments in elearning/technology by using my Google Reader more efficently,
- Collaborating more with peers on Friendfeed and twitter
- Reading and bookmarking more literature on Citeulike
This more social approach to working will help me develop my Social Media Brain and ensure survival.