#BYOD4L Connecting and Reflecting

Today I have been connecting through periscope, twitter, WordPress, google+, google spaces, Padlet and you tube!  For me, it’s all about the Connecting the dots among our shared connections. I love the human contact and getting that sense of social presence online. I think the key to this is being open (as is possible, there are clearly levels of openness that feel comfortable for different people), being willing to share and take a risk.

For me, it’s all about the Connecting the dots among our shared connections. I love the human contact and getting that sense of social presence online. I think the key to this is being open (as is possible, there are clearly levels of openness that feel comfortable for different people), being willing to share and take a risk.

I like to try and connect other people together that I come into contact with. I also like the serendipitous connections that we make through taking part in activities. For me, all of these connections provide opportunities and benefits, some of which are easily identifiable but some present themselves in a more gentle guise.  For example finding a shared love of cats … or indeed Dory !  See tweets below from the lovely Rebecca Jackson 

 

I should probably mention that I guess we should be mindful that there might be possible barriers and challenges that could be encountered when connecting online,  this certainly hasn’t been my experience within #BYOD4L but I am aware that things like the dark side of twitter can raise its head when unwanted accounts infiltrate your stream etc )  I do like to believe however that the positives certainly outweigh any potential negatives.

I can see many connections between the people that I have connected with through #BYOD4L and these include new connections that I have made today (including ones that I am sure will become good friends – sometimes you just click with people don’t you – and yes that happens online as well as offline ) and also meaningful connections that have stood the test of time.  I have scribbled some thoughts below which kinda make sense to me ….  looking forward to the Communciating theme tomorrow.

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