Friday, 20 February 2015

Choosing Our Communication Platform

In a world with huge amounts of on-line networks to communicate through, with technology at the touch of your fingertips and in a word that is constantly on the go, it sometimes becomes hard to really communicate with one another. On an average day most people across the world will have numerous open windows or tools that will allow them to communicate with vast numbers of people, from emails, Facebook, Twitter to Snapchat, Viber, Whatsapp and many many more "Internet-based social media has made it possible for one person to communicate with hundreds or even thousands of other people" (1) .Therefore, it is essential to find the right form of communication for everyone in a group, especially when you're working with people across the globe and working on something important.  

Our groups communication skills started off a little rough and probably took a little longer to get settled than the lectures would of liked. But it will be the groups loss rather than the lectures so in my opinion these things take time and sometimes can't be leashed on to a deadline. We started off communicating through Second Life which was good because we could explore,learn and  interact fast which meant we were all on the same page at the same time. However, later in the week this started to become a bit of a problem. I am currently in my final year of my degree and I work part time so this means that my time to roam around Second Life is limited and I tend not to be on it everyday. Which meant that when someone sent me a message through Second Life it would more than likely take me awhile to get back to them and when I did they were not on second life at the same time as me. The time difference between America and Ireland also caused a little bit of a dilemma as certain time with suit the Americans better and other times suit the Irish. However, after these teething problems and some discussion, I suggested we communicated through Facebook. Everyone in the group had Facebook, most of us admitted to being on it daily and if not it was more than likely to send a notification through your phone to tell you had a message. This meant that it was faster for us to reply, easier to keep in contacted daily and we were all on the same page at the same time. It also made it easier because it was connected through our phones which meant even if someone was on the go or times for Ireland and America didn't suit each other  they would still be in the loop and informed on what was going on. So far communication is going smoothly through it, so fingers crossed it stays that way.

Ending Here

Mangold, W. Glynn, and David J. Faulds. "Social media: The new hybrid element of the promotion mix." Business horizons 52, no. 4 (2009): 357-365.


  1. A good review of some issues around communication. It is useful to use a system that people are naturally checking already rather than to try and get people working in a new way.